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Agastache Blue Boa

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 10:59

Peanuts, Just caught me...being told off for being so long on the forum....addictive,,isn't it? 

Right, Blue Boa is the easiest of the agastaches to root....poss because the stems are so thick.  Ideally shoots low down, 3" or so long and trim to nodes.  If you cannot find a flowerfree shoot remove the flowers and buds.  

Use rooting powder.....shake off excess...or gel but I do something else.  Place the treated cuttings in water for 15 minutes or so then dip in hormone.  I also water the pot and perlite added compost BEFORE inserting cuttings to keep them dry.  Polythene bag or closed propagator.

have fun P 

Rooting hormone and hydrangeas

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 10:48


fuchsias will produce a garden ready plant from rotted cuttings now by next June.  They will grow fast from spring.....important to pot on two or three times during the spring to keep that fast growth

hydrangeas?  A little longer.  A year later but the same thing...pot on when roots are seen.  

respect you are prepared to be patient and realistic.....enjoy the process.

remember, perennials are quicker.  Divide them now, in autumn or spring.  Divided now and potted up they will make garden ready plants in spring.  cadge bits from friends'gardens will have plenty in your garden next summer.  At the GC perennials are being sold off cheaply now.....they can be divided too.  

Last edited: 29 August 2016 10:49:23

When to scarify...

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 10:39

Chrissie, scarifying and applying dressings are completely different.  One does not negate the need for the other. yes,,the lawn will look good after feeding etc for now;  Scarifying is for the the health of the lawn in the future but actually makes it look worse initially. 

Rooting hormone and hydrangeas

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 10:32

Chrissie,  (don't be offended Nut, cos I have big respect for you and your knowledge)  Nut said no to hormone powder then said every cutting dies anyway.  In contrast, I do use it and have loads of rooted cuttings in several propagators and growing away outside in pots.  I will have more plants than I need.  

Chrissie, this gardening lark is more about what works for you.  We all do things differently on the forum because we stick to what we are successful with. I always experiment.  There are different ways of doing the same things

Some things like pelargoniums, osteospermums,etc., are so responsive that they do not need rooting powder

As I said before,,rooting powder is cheap.  It will last you until the end of next summer.  TRY it.  Compare results.  Perhaps a pot with it and a pot without you have just said.  

Last edited: 29 August 2016 10:33:32

When to scarify...

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 10:21

No, I would not add fertilizer desthemoaner simply because there will be some in your mpc, sufficient for this time of year.  

next spring a little re seeding again may be necessary.  I would apply a feed in late April

good luck 

the single most important lawn treatment is regular mowing.....twice a week, as I do (it's quick wnen grass is short) is ideal.......  It is less stressful to the lawn and helps keep weeds away and grass strong 

Not had an apple for years!

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 10:12


it is simply a matter of pruning .

I have tackled a few such trees and got them back into fruiting mode.

A slight problem is whether it is a tip or spur bearer but this is aomething to assess when the tree is "recovered".  I would treat it initially as if it is a spur bearer

I would wait until the leaves fall and then prune to shape.  Remove all dead and inward growing and crossing bramches.  Then prune side shoots on all main branches to a few leaves.  That's it for this winter.

next summer, at the end of July, prune out all the"water"  shoots that are likely to have grown and prune again all shoots along the main branches to a few leaves.  If it is a spur bearer it will start to show fruit buds in spring.  Thereafter prune in summer only

For context, I planted and tend an orchard for a friend......she has lots of short,  well spaced, well pruned apples and pears producing masses of fruit every year.  Fruit is easily accessed.........most fruit is at waist or shoulder height.  Pruning was done a month ago.   Will take some pictures next time I am there

remember when pruning apples and pears,  winter pruning produces growth;   Summer pruning produces fruit.  

of course, keeping grass away the trees is important.....every tree should have a clear circle of bare soil around it.  mulch every autumn and feed in February or March with fish blood and bone

Buying a new shredder

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 09:34

I think it is important to recognise that most shredders are poor when dealing with soft green material.....use for woody material only.  also to allow woody material to dry out for a few weeks before shredding.  

the lawn mower is very effective on green material........long fibrous material is best chopped a little with shears then mown.  For me this is very effective. 

littleweedsgarden, there should be offers in the autumn.   

Rooting hormone and hydrangeas

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 09:21

Chrissie rooting powder/gel DOES work.  It helps rooting for many but not all plants.

for hydrangeas I would use fact today or over the next few days I will be taking cuttings of my paniculata hydrangea and will be using rooting powder.  

i find it helps me to root my tender agastaches whereas before using rooting powder success rate was poor.

As I understand it rooting powder should be discarded after one season of use.  Your mum's 10 year old  product will be useless.

for the sake of a few pennies Chrissie, buy a fresh pot and try if you are interested enough to.  Half without rooting compound and half without.  Let us know.  I have done this so fresh rooting powder every year is always on my shopping list 

Last edited: 29 August 2016 09:23:09

Camera Talk

Posted: 28/08/2016 at 20:48

Ok Fairy,,will do   We have some amazing cliffs and ancient ruins apart from the sea 

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 28/08/2016 at 20:37

Grow veg here at home but my name is down for an allotment. 

then my plans for a stream....envious of those who have a natural stream......between 2 pools will replace the veg .  

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