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What do i have please?

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 19:56

Mark........for your Begonias you don't necessarily need to keep them potted.  Once all the top growth has died back, you can lift the tubers/corms , dry them off, give a quick dusting with Sulphur powder and then store in cool, dry place until Spring just in paper bags or in containers with dry sand, compost or sawdust - the key is dry and frost free.

This method  is really only for tender bulbs/tubers.  Those that are hardy  ( daffs, etc. ) you can leave in situ. Although if space is at a premium, you can treat hardy bulbs in the same manner as above and repot/replant next year but better left in the ground if you can.

Only popped out for a Mat.

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 19:27

SGLilly...........had to think for a minute but if I said OP I would mean Original Poster...I'm not too hot on all the abbreviations I'm afraid.  Did I make a boob ?  Hope not as none was intended

Only popped out for a Mat.

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 19:18

Runnybeak.............what a surprise  "Just popping out" is a dangerous thing to do - particularly to garden related places

Not what it looks like

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 19:13

Many thanks......have PM'd ...never sure whether you have automatic notice or not.............

I guess I'd better let the OP have his thread back.....

What is this plant?

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 19:04

I think Nutcutlet has it..........looks like a violet

Recently Manured ?

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 18:57

Just a thought but if anyone lives in a "Pigeon Loft" area, the droppings can make a good manure...........strong and needs to sit for quite some time but useful if you have the space and time.  Plus I imagine it would also be free

What do i have please?

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 18:45

Mark.......both look like Begonias..........not winter hardy but you can keep them in a cold g/h or shed once they have died back.  Dry and frost free.

The tubers will come back into growth next Spring with a little dampness until they begin to sprout.


When do I divide Agapanthus

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 18:33

Annie........what a nice "Thank You"

Recently Manured ?

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 18:05

Newboy.......for a general based product Fish, Blood and Bone is good.....takes a few weeks to "work" for want of a better word but is a good all rounder.

What sort of manure are you referring to ?  Fresh manure or well rotted ?  Recently manured could mean anything from last week to a few months ago.

When do I divide Agapanthus

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 17:59

Annie.........your Agapanthus display this year just proves Dave's point.  If you really feel they need splitting up, just remove some of the smaller pieces and pot them up separately.  Then repot the main clump with some new compost added and they should still give you a good show next year.

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