peter privett

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Posted: 18/10/2013 at 23:32

During the late summer, I accidentally dug up a handful of small alstromeria tubers.

I deposited them in a large plant pot and barely covered them with compost hoping to attend to them at a later date.....Doh! forgot all about them.

Then the other day whilst rooting about in the greenhouse I come across the large pot, with a few  healthy green shoots poking their heads up. Roughly 90mm tall.

I have teased them out of the big pot and repotted them into individual pots,

I intend putting them in my newly aquired heated propagator and bringing them in doors for the winter.

Question: do you think they will survive, or would any of you do something different with them? I would be well pleased if they survive, because they cost a few bob when i bought their parents.

honey suckle

Posted: 29/08/2013 at 12:15

what do you gardeners do about the berries that have replaced the honeysuckle flowers..

.do you just leave them, or do you cut them off??


Posted: 12/08/2013 at 23:54

Right! paulah.

well anaysing what this guy has said on his web site, in my case it seems true what he is saying, because as i have said I usually cut back my pots to a couple of healthy buds in the spring and use the pruned off stems to start off cuttings. (nearly all will strike)

So, now I have ended up with good healthy plants with a fair amount of unflowering stems, and the cuttings that i took from them have the flowers on them....Lol! so it shows I have been cutting of my flowering buds.........doh! dummy 


Posted: 12/08/2013 at 15:53

Hi everyone, I have about a dozen good sized mop cap hydranges in large pots.

at the end of the season, I have always left the old blooms on the plant to help protect from frost, Then come spring i have always pruned down to a couple of buds.

The plant cut off i then set these off as cuttings.

Well! this year my big potted plants have large areas with no flowers on, so I went on the web to see if anyone else had the same problem.

I ended up on an american site, and the guy who runs it seems to know his stuff, and he  states, that if you want flowers next year, do not prune! (only prune out unwanted stems or dead stuff)      If you must prune for whatever reason, you must prune before, and no later than August the 1st.

he states, that before this the plant has set next years flower buds, and if you prune after this you cut off next years flowering buds.

what do you folks do??


Posted: 07/08/2013 at 14:13

thanks guys, good advice,and I may try  this, because I have a lot of cuttings,and they are of varios  clematis's all group 3, so will lose their leaves in winter.

All will not fit into my propagator.


Posted: 06/08/2013 at 18:37

In the past, I have took clematis cuttings which generally strike. But!...come the cold weather, I do not have a heated greenhouse, and so I have lost the cuttings to the frost.

This year, I have invested in a heated propagator which I hope to tuck my cuttings up for the cold months.......but I have a problem looming.

The cuttings that I have taken have all struck and are shooting away, they are already over a foot tall and the way they are going they are likely to be too tall for my one foot tall propagator.

The species I am growing ,will all lose their leaves, so do I cut the top growth off, or what do you think??

vine weevil ambush

Posted: 11/07/2013 at 10:49

Bet your boots I will treat the soil, because these little blighters have cost me some nice plants in previous seasons.

But! I couldn't believe my luck on stumbling upon this group of evil weevils.......

The best of ths is, they do not make any attempt to scarper .....Tuf!.......

vine weevil ambush

Posted: 10/07/2013 at 21:18

Last night went out with my trusty torch  (with economy batteries I might add)

and whilst hunting the greedy slugs and snails that have been decimating my african marigolds, what did I stumble upon but 4 weevils sat on the leaves of one of my hydranges.

wipeout!!  job done, mind in a few days or so I'll probably have to spray the plants in and around that plant with systemic vine weevil grub killer.


council recycled compost

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 17:00

I think I'm going to look foolish here, 

but on opening a bale of miracle grow to try it, the compost has masses of white stuff on the surface of the compost......Is this some type of mold or fertilizer or what??

It doesn't look particularly appealing.....what is it?? 

clematis infected

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 11:43

Mmm! sounds like the same problem Lunar jim.

I'm convinced that mine is not wind burn because when i planted this fella, I took this into account and made sure it was sheltered.

My concern is, that I do have some fireblight on my patch, but it's been said that clematis's do not suffer this appaling disease.

when I get chance, I will take a smple back to the garden centre and see what they think.

Just to mention again, I have more young clematis's close by and they are FINE!

its certainly a puzzle.

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