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Posted: 25/08/2016 at 16:36

Andrea, I do use rooting powder but not necessary with this.

 Try to get some strong side shoots from near the base and put in pot of compost mixed with perlite.  Half and half..not critical though.  Water and use a polythene bag or cold propagator.  Place somewhere sheltered and reasonably warm.  

With the cuttings, remove the lower leaves and retain just a couple of small ones near the top

good luck 

Moving a large shrub

Posted: 25/08/2016 at 16:15

Agree with Nut about this.  A not-too-late in the year job esp since it is evergreen.  September is a good month......a month of evening mists and still very warm soil.  It is when I would do it 

A very large hole needs to be dug before hand......with all the usual enrichments added to the planting mix.

prob missed it but how big is that Viburnum Leaf blower?  Over 7'?  

As big a rootball as possible but I found viburnums do have long widespreading roots so try to allow for this when deciding how far out from the rootball to start digging.

if you find you can get a large intact rootball and you water it well and keep it moist for a few weeks you may get away without cutting it back.  Ok, maybe not the correct advice but I have managed it with several large shrubs so flowering was not lost the following year.  Your call on this when you dig it up. 

Last edited: 25 August 2016 16:16:49

Salix int. Hak. Nishiki

Posted: 25/08/2016 at 16:03


I have raised this issue a number of times over recent times but what did you do when you got your plant home?

it is essential to loosen congested roots and soak your plant in a bucket of water for half an hour or so. If you planted without doing this and the roots were congested no amount of watering will properly help it.  

It looks to me like a water issue.......

we are approaching autumn now but it is too early for leaves to drop or turn brown now.

Sun? shade?  In shade you will lose variegation.  Sun is best but regular watering is needed

also, what compost did you use?  Ordinary mpc is useless for long term planting.  A john Innes soil based compost is necessary.  

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Posted: 25/08/2016 at 15:47

Gaura Siskiyou Pink........think spelling is right.

don't know where you are Andrea but it has survived 2 winters here and  it is supposed to be reasonably hardy in many places.  

It flowers for a very lomg time...I cut mine back a month ago and already new flowers are opening out to last well into autumn.

take cuttings to produce as many plants as you want for next year 

Help Save The Hedgehogs

Posted: 25/08/2016 at 12:47

Thanks Marc.....hog, maybe 2, does come here but its getting close as you have I covet.  Will leave food and water to start with and keep alert 

Fuschias and vine weevils

Posted: 25/08/2016 at 12:44

Nobody can remember another organic weevil solution?   I will need to do some research 


Posted: 25/08/2016 at 12:41


if you can give them moist good, rich soil you will grow great astilbes.

can I suggest you incorporate dried manure aplenty with your planting mix B3 ?  I add pelleted chicken manure too.  The richer the soil the better your astilbe will be .  a good drenching followed by thick mulch too 


Posted: 25/08/2016 at 12:15

Good luck granma.  

Tomatoes not ripening

Posted: 25/08/2016 at 12:13

True Welshonion......toms taste best straight off fhe vine 

ripening indoors is very much a last resort 

Fuschias and vine weevils

Posted: 25/08/2016 at 08:18

I recall someone had a unique solution to vine weevils in pots.  For the life of me I cannot remember what it was 

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