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Orange alstromeria

Posted: 27/08/2014 at 16:18

Just an update on my problem Alstromeria. In June after digging up all the plants and as much root as I could find I covered the whole area in black polythene weighted down with spare roofing slates. A few plants grew up at the edges of the polythene which were quickly killed off with weedkiller. This week I had to move a shrub into this area and under the polythene I only  found a few sad looking pieces of the plant which I dug up with the remaining roots. I intend to leave this area undisturbed now until next spring so fingers crossed 

Salix Flamingo

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 13:25

Thanks. That is disappointing. I have grown fuschias from whips but as you say they start as single stems.

Salix Flamingo

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 13:10

I have been given a Salix Flamingo plant and I would like to train it as a standard. The plant has several stems and one which could be the main stem for a standard. Should I prune the excess stems now and should they be pruned below the ground. Any advice for ongoing care would be most welcome.

Black polythene

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 09:04

Should I just give up and live with it!!!

The article was interesting Steve and for me in particular handling glyphosate would not be too clever so that is certainly not an option.

I'm off on holiday now so I will mull it over and make a decision when I return.

Thanks for all the replies.






Black polythene

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 15:15

After speaking to a few people over the last few daysI know the weed suppressing fabric dosen't work with this particular thug.  I have laid lots of slates on top of the polythene and here in Scotland sadly warm sunshine is unlikely to be a problem.

The plants I dug up over the weekend were at least 60cms in height and the area in question was totally covered with the alstroemeria so I don't feel that spraying the new growth is an option.


Black polythene

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 08:02

I'll give the tube a try Steve. I brought a tree to my new garden, a Cercis Candensis,as my husband had given it to me, and I have had to leave it surrounded by the polythene. Should it be ok

Black polythene

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 16:48

Thank you. Sounds as if I am going to have to work really hard this autumn as trying to find a day when there is not too much wind so that I can handle the polythene will be difficult. Never mind!!!

Black polythene

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 11:26

After my post about my orange alstroemeria last week I have now dug over the whole area and removed my plants and all the offending plant with as many roots as possible. The area (3mx3.5m)  is now covered with black polythene and I intend to leave it for a year. After this time what do I have to do to the soil before using it again. The soil in the area is acidic.

Orange alstromeria

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 07:38

Thanks for all the replies, but even if I am sitting on a goldmine it is still a thug!!! I decided yesterday to start digging over the area and even at a spades depth I was still cutting through the white fleshy roots. I am going to lift all my other plants in this area and cover the ground with black polythene and leave it until next year.

No flowers yet this year so can't send a pic.

Orange alstromeria

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 17:02

I have an area in my new garden about 3mx3m and I have just been told that the plant covering this area is alstromeria. It is very dense and must have been there for some time. Any suggestions as to how I can get rid of it.

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