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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? 


Posted: 15/03/2014 at 11:29

can I feed my row of lavender bushes now?  Which compost is best? 


Posted: 25/08/2013 at 10:07

Can anyone please help with tips/advice? (Guildford, Surrey resident).  5 year old "box ball"  (1 of 2) - I have just found a patch of leaves turned copper colour, at the back of the ball which faced the wall.  Googled it, & find it is "box blight".  Have heavily pruned affected area, (it looks like someone has taken a bite out of an apple now!) have removed all fallen leaves, changed the soil, replacing with mixture of topsoil & vermiculite (no compost they say) & sprayed it with a general fungicide.  the 2nd box ball is not infected.  I have thoroughly cleaned all tools & gloves used. Question is: is there anything else I can do to save my plant? 

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