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Bare stems on escallonia

Posted: 26/08/2016 at 22:47

All new fresh leaves are attractive to snails Berkely.  If you can protect them in spring your new shoots will develop to avoid bare stems


Posted: 26/08/2016 at 22:44

Sooty, no advantage whatsoever of planting out cuttings now.  They will struggle against cold, wet winter, against pests and against climate.  Whatever salvias you have, tender or hardy, would suffer outside over winter 

protect over winter.  I would pot on now too 

Arum Lilly (Zantodeschai arthropoda) rot.

Posted: 26/08/2016 at 22:39

Hiya Huddy

opposite end of the country to you....but if you can keep them dry your arums should survive winter.  A cloche or greenhouse would almost guarantee it.  You Should then have flowers in late spring 

you can divide them too once they reach a decent size 


Posted: 26/08/2016 at 22:34 not plant them out.  No!  They will not survive as tiny plants

pot them up and keep them outside for severalmweeks yet.

Can you rig up a plastic or glass coldframe or a windowsill indoors?

plant them out in mid spring when frosts are over 

What is your weather like?

Posted: 26/08/2016 at 18:06

one of the hottest days yet. stunning weather 

Bare stems on escallonia

Posted: 26/08/2016 at 15:31


escallonia is a fairly tough resilient plant.  I wonder if the culprits were snails, by the way

despite your reluctance to cut back, this is exactly what I would do and do it now.  It will quickly  make new shoots and become bushy 


Posted: 26/08/2016 at 12:08

Check out salvias Violin Music and Blue Note too connection purely coincidental 

What is your weather like?

Posted: 26/08/2016 at 12:05

Alright then Frank.....I remove the oggie curse and sunshine shall be dispatched from Cornwall to thee forthwith  


Posted: 26/08/2016 at 11:55


stellata is usually very reliable and adaptable and grows well in a pot.

only thing it could be is the need a john innes soil based compost, ideally an ericaceous one.  Ordinary compost dries out fast in summer and leaches nutrients.  

Did uou buy from a well known GC?  Some offer a 5 year warranty but most would replace after such a short time.  Then use john innes 

What is your weather like?

Posted: 26/08/2016 at 11:49

Sun shines on the righteous we deserve it 

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