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COSMOS pinching out

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 15:16

I've planted out my dwarf cosmos and they seem to be doing well.  But I didn't pinch the growing shoots out. Should I have done that, and should I do it now?  I've never grown these and it didn't cross my mind!  Thanks, Mags

Pruning a Salix Flamingo

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 15:14

Yes KEF, thanks you.  That's why I was asking about pruning it.  That reason, and it is getting too bit on one side. Mags

Pruning a Salix Flamingo

Posted: 23/05/2014 at 18:44

thanks to you both.  sorry for delay in reply - been away.  mags

Pruning a Salix Flamingo

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 16:57

thanks Dove.  That's the answer I hoped to get! Mags

Camelia query

Posted: 17/05/2014 at 14:31

Thanks Dove - from reading these messageboards I think you know more about gardening than my trying-to-be-helpful neighbour!  So I will leave it as it is.  Mags

Pruning a Salix Flamingo

Posted: 17/05/2014 at 10:44

Is it to late in year to prune a Salix Flamingo ( hakuro nishiki).  I've looked at a couple of websites and they say Mar-Apl, after last frosts. Well, here in Staffordshire we are only just clear of the time for frosts, although it is several weeks since we actually had one.  Many thanks, Mags

Camelia query

Posted: 17/05/2014 at 10:02

Should I remove the branches from a camellia that are hanging onto the ground?  Someone told me that I should as leaving them encourages 'nasties' into the bush. I quite like them hanging down, but if the plant would be better if trimmed down there then I will do it.   It is 10 years old and about 4ft tall.  Many thanks.  Mags

chilli re-potting

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 16:55

Mattbeer's pots are the size I will use when I pot mine on, probably this weekend.  If the pot isn't big enough the chilli plants won't grow properly.   Mags

chilli re-potting

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 21:16

Hi. A 4" pot seems very small.  My chilli plants are  6"  tall and I will re-pot them on Wednesday.  Mine are Hot Patio Sizzle variety which don't grow tall but if you have jalapeno they grow taller and will need staked.  They will go into pots about 8" or 9".  I always put my Patio Sizzle outside from end May, but I found the jalapeno I  had last year didn't do very well outside so I think they need a greenhouse or really bright windowsill. 

I have heard that allowing them to wilt will make the chillis hotter.   Good luck with your plant.  Mags

Suitable place for acer?

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 16:48

Thanks Verdun.  I will follow your advice.  My neighbour has done the best he can with the roots, and better than I expected.  Mags

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