London (change)
Today 18°C / 11°C
Tomorrow 18°C / 9°C


Latest posts by Tads


Posted: 09/06/2014 at 18:08

oh, thankyou Bob, this is just what I needed, great! 


Taking cuttings

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 17:58

Oh, felt sure I had headed my enquiry, sori.

Salvia "hotlips"



Posted: 09/06/2014 at 16:30

My sweetpeas plugs are ready to be planted out now. What soil is best for them? they will go in v large pots & be trained on a tall cone.  And do they need full sun ? 



Taking cuttings

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 16:26

Can I take cuttings now, from a well established plant?  & where do I cut, below a leaf joint?  Will I slip it into a glass of water til it roots, or plant direct into pot? And what soil, will Innes Seed compost be ok?


Salvia Hot lips

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 16:21

Can I take cuttings from a well established "Hotlips" now?  & how do I cut it - just below a leaf joint? And do I root it in a glass of water first, or straight into Innes seed compost (or other?) .

also, which is best soil for my sweet pea plugs (for large pots, to grow on cones)? They are ready to plant- out now.  



In pots under oak tree in Surrey

Posted: 07/06/2014 at 20:11

I won't plant in the ground, it's too hard & clay soil.  So i just want 2 big plants to go in 2 big pots standing under the oak tree. The tree trunk is some 3/4 yards away, but pots in mostly shade.   (I lived in Cape Town for 30 years, where Acanthus DO grow under oaks. But am finding things I take for granted, dont necessarily apply here. Having to get used to that )


thankyou for all suggestions. 

In pots under oak tree in Surrey

Posted: 07/06/2014 at 19:16

I moved 2 very substantial basic ferns in big pots to under my oak tree, replacing 2 smaller new basic ferns I bought a month ago, which did fine there, but were too small looking, so I swopped them with bigger ones I had, on Tuesday last week. (Small ferns were healthily growing under the oak).  

Today I noticed one of these big ferns is turning brown, the other is limp!!! So I have quickly rescued them. But I dont want to swop the small ferns back, I am successfully using them elsewhere now..

Will 'Acanthus Molis' grow under oak trees & in pots? I am in Surrey. HELP!  Or what other will give me good large cover under the oak? Grateful for all info anyone can help me with re the above?   And all suggestions!  Thankyou kindly -  



Posted: 15/05/2014 at 23:22

hello Verdun thanks for info.

i picked up a rhodie simply called "Red Jack" - I don't know any more about it than that i'm afraid!   But it seems a full size variety to me!  As you tell me they are pretty hardy, & my daughter's (in pots) have done sooooo well, I think I am going to try mine in a clay pot for now.    Can I simply plant the rhodie in ericaceous compost or must this be mixed with acid soil? (if my soil isn't acid, can you buy such a thing as 'acid soil'?)

I have read-up about their "ball" root system & need to be kept well watered. Is that more or less it?  how often do you feed your rhodies , & any particular food you think is best? 

As you mention that you also grow azalea - may I ask you something else?  i was given a standard azalea houseplant for Mothers Day.  It has bloomed profusely for 5 weeks, & given me a great deal of pleasure, it's been really glorious!  I should like to try not to lose it if that's possible?   Can I try to get this to grow outside, do you think?  Will that work or not?  I have heard I will have to 'stagger, (take my time) trying to move it to new surroundings?  first moving it to a very sheltered position outside, for perhaps a few weeks, before attempting to transplant it.  Is this so?  Again I should like to plant it in a clay pot outside;  from what you say, the soil would be the same for both azalea & rhododendron, is that right?  Is there any advice you can please spare on the subject? 

I keep a "gratitude book"  so the advice you have already given me, is my entry for tonight .....thankyou for this...  Nite! 









plantfor Moghers Day, it has bloomed for 5 weeks


Posted: 15/05/2014 at 21:29

Can you please give me some advice on planting a new rhododendron.  I live in Folkestone & share a communal garden.  I may have to plant it in a clay pot, but possibly in the ground if this is preferable for the plant.  I need to know what conditions it likes, soil & feeding etc. & whether in an open space or diess it prefer to be near a fence or perhaos a brick wall? ( South,North,East or West? Which is best? )

my daughter in Guildford has 2 in clay pots, she planted 5 years ago & they are fabulous!   They are a metre tall, & at least a metre wide. They are in glorious bloom right now.   She spoke of special soil she had to buy to plant them in? 

and dies it need attention during winter months ? 

All information would be very greatly appreciated...thankyou.....



Tads, Folkestone



Posted: 15/03/2014 at 11:34

Can I plant new hydrangea plants now? What compost/soil mix do I use? 

Discussions started by Tads


Replies: 12    Views: 418
Last Post: 07/04/2015 at 20:29


Pruning back rhododendrons 
Replies: 1    Views: 199
Last Post: 24/08/2014 at 16:08


falling brown crispy leaves in July 
Replies: 3    Views: 264
Last Post: 14/07/2014 at 16:00

Pruning Rhododendron

Replies: 2    Views: 237
Last Post: 14/07/2014 at 14:26


Does my ceanothus need pruning & when?  
Replies: 20    Views: 852
Last Post: 05/08/2014 at 22:42

ID please ?

Please can you name this plant for me?  
Replies: 7    Views: 335
Last Post: 14/07/2014 at 02:12

ID please ?

Please can you name this plant for me?  
Replies: 8    Views: 344
Last Post: 14/07/2014 at 02:15

Plant feeding

Verve Tomato plant food concentrate 
Replies: 9    Views: 371
Last Post: 04/07/2014 at 17:20

ID plant

Replies: 8    Views: 548
Last Post: 04/07/2014 at 18:17

Plant ID

Replies: 7    Views: 400
Last Post: 22/06/2014 at 18:28

Plant ID

Replies: 4    Views: 251
Last Post: 22/06/2014 at 15:38


Planting sweetpea seedlings  
Replies: 2    Views: 337
Last Post: 09/06/2014 at 18:08

Taking cuttings

Salvia "hotlips" 
Replies: 8    Views: 661
Last Post: 09/06/2014 at 22:13

In pots under oak tree in Surrey

Acanthus Molis 
Replies: 4    Views: 359
Last Post: 07/06/2014 at 20:11


New Rhododendrin 
Replies: 2    Views: 270
Last Post: 15/05/2014 at 23:22
1 to 15 of 18 threads