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Rosadendrum help

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 20:35

Rhododendrons do not cope well with any alkalinity in the soil or their water so you need to get a soil test kit from your garden centre and test the soil for being either neutral or acid which is OK.   However, if it's alkaline, you'll need to dig up your rhodo and plant it in a large pot with ericaceous compost.  Cover the drainage holes with crocks to allow free drainage.

If your tap water is hard, you also need to collect rainwater to use for watering, especially in a pot.  You can also use a solution of sequestered iron which helps ericaceous plants access iron, an essential mineral for plant health.

Another consideration is competition for nutrients so, if your soil is OK, clear all that grass from around its base to a width at least 6 inches beyond its current size and then mulch it with something like chipped bark to a depth of at least 2".   This will help retain moisture as well as keep down weeds.

John innes no 1

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 20:08

Dove - did you see that posh full Irish on Masterchef?  Looked wonderful, even if she did mess up the duck egg.

Rosadendrum help

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 20:05

Do you mean rhododendron?  Which variety?

Have you planted it in a pot or in the ground?  What is the compost or soil like?  Are you using tap water or rain water?


Posted: 24/04/2017 at 20:00

Peonies are not bulbs but are perennials.  They are often considered difficult but that's because they are fussy about planting depth - too shallow or too deep and they won't flower.

Here's some info on cultivation from the RHS - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=671 It includes advice on planting depth and growing in containers.

John innes no 1

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 19:18

Or convert it to a planter and buy a new one.

John innes no 1

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 18:17

No thanks,but I like a slice of buttery toast and home-made marmalade.

Allium Leaves

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 17:57

I expect it was to make them look more appealing.  Never done it myself.


Posted: 24/04/2017 at 17:56

Water too in dry spells.

John innes no 1

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 17:55

I grill my bacon as I like the fat to crisp up a bit and I do mushrooms in butter with herbs and a bit of garlic - but then it's always brunch time if I do a cooked breakfast, not crack of dawn.   Grilled slices of Irish black pudding cos I like the oats and beaked beans too.


Posted: 24/04/2017 at 17:52

Yes.  A good framework transports the nutrients which provide the oomph for all the new shoots to grow.  You then intervene and prune those shoots to encourage them to make flower buds.

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