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Help please - rust hollyhocks

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 22:43

Hollyhocks are perennial and can last for several years, but are best grown as a biennial due to problems with rust. You can try to keep rust in check by removing and  safely discarding infected leaves.  In autumn, cut completely to ground level, discard all old flowers and move any fallen leaves completely away from around plant.  If your. plant has rust, then avoid using any seed.  Rust is worse in wet summer.  Dont plant hollyhocks too close together - good air circulation will help control rust.

Fungicides can be used to control rust, but it needs to be sprayed regularly of at least twice a week.

Stupid question!

Posted: 01/07/2013 at 23:34

In my view, unless it is the first season of planting, watering plants in the ground is not required, unless the weather is exceptionally dry (rarity in British climes, so it seems).  If you need to water after the first season, it sounds like you got the wrong plant in the wrong soil and/or location, or you've not prepared the soil to retain moisture or encourage root growth, both of which help to eliminate the need to water.

Not watering plants, encourages plant roots to seek out moisture deeper into the soil, and stops plants putting roots near the surface which makes the plant more susceptible to dry conditions.  The  only thing I now water (using water stored in water butts, not clean expensive tap water), is my pots and even those I do sparingly to prevent too much sappy growth which requires even more water.  When I plant, I dig a whole twice the size I need, and throw in old compost and well rotted manure, both of which help retain moisture.  I also throw in a large handful of blood, fish and bonemeal to encourage good root growth. Works for me.

Oxygenating sprinklers.

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 22:19

Just Googled "pure rain reviews", and found this lot on QVC website...

http://www.qvcuk.com/Pure-Rain-Oxygen-Infusing-Plant-Watering-Handheld-Gun.product.503080.html?cookie=set#BVRRWidgetID

Lots of disgruntled customers.

Oxygenating sprinklers.

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 22:08

Something about adding (or infusing) nano air bubbles to tap water via a chamber on the sprinker so that when the water meets the plants roots, there is more oxygen so the plant is able to take up nutrients more effectively. However, what I don't get is that to get to the root, the water has to percolate through soil, so does the water not lose the nano bubbles on the way down?

Japanese Knotweed

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 18:05

You can always eat it.  Tastes like rhubarb, apparently......

http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/sussex/hi/people_and_places/newsid_8634000/8634285.stm

 

Sad looking Ceonothus

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 10:20

How long does a dead ceanothus last standing? My neighbour to the rear of me had a huge ceanothus give up the mortal coil a couple of years ago.  Rather than have it cut down or take out the dead plant she planted a jasmine under it to climb up and thru.  Now the jasmine has gone completely rampant, with tendrils trying to spiral around the shrubs and trees in my garden, and blocking out loads of sunlight in the process.  It would probably look nice, but the jasmine, apart from throwing out masses of green growth doesn't seem to flower.  I'm hoping at some point the ceanothus underneath it will rot and topple over taking the jasmine with it, although not sure how long that will take.

worst job in garden

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 09:49

Isnt that why they invented dishwashers? To wash pots......

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 19/06/2013 at 07:05

No, it just lives outside in its pot all year round.  I occasionally move it around the garden, normally as a 'elf and safety issue as the leaves are at perfect height for poking eye out when working near it. 

Putting softdrinks on the garden

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 22:37

Sprite and 7-up is recommended as being effective when suffering from Gastroenteritis (Tummy upset)  Avoid any soft drinks with caffeine in.

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 20:44

I've been looking out my kitchen window in the morning before going to work for days, trying to work out what the splash of red is in my potted Yucca, and just thought it was a bit of a possie of blown of leaves from a Red Robin in the neighbours garden.  Tonight decided to have a look and found it is in the process of sending up a flower! So excited. I've had this Yucca in a pot for at least 10 years, and this is the first time it's done it.  And must say I had to cut a large number of leaves from it due to Yucca black spot and hardly watered it this year!  

 

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Discussions started by Tim Burr

Bamboo in trough

Trimming it down to size 
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mildew-on-aquilegia-leaves

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Last Post: 12/08/2013 at 09:46

tool-of-the-day

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Last Post: 14/08/2013 at 18:05

loging-in

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Last Post: 11/08/2013 at 18:20

Dicentra (Bleeding Heart)

Gone all scruffy 
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Last Post: 03/08/2013 at 20:52

Japanese Acer disposal

 
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Last Post: 19/07/2013 at 11:02

Pond level dropping.....

...top up with tap water? 
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Last Post: 18/07/2013 at 09:55

Too late for a Chelsea Chop?

Season is 3/4 weeks behind so really, we're still in May, right? 
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Last Post: 16/06/2013 at 13:54

Plant or weed....?

....never seen anything like this before 
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Last Post: 10/06/2013 at 22:31

Gardening errors.....

......made good (or bad) 
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Last Post: 05/06/2013 at 19:50

Flaming Weeds!

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Last Post: 22/05/2013 at 18:43

Stamped on lilies

Big foot strike again 
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Last Post: 05/05/2013 at 22:51

Umbrella Plant

To chop or not to chop! 
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Last Post: 04/05/2013 at 11:12

Crown Imperials

Lazarus bulbs! 
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Last Post: 25/04/2013 at 06:41

Too cold to relocate perennials?

Cold days and freezing nights 
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Last Post: 30/03/2013 at 22:40
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