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Echinacea and hydrangea problems

Posted: 04/07/2014 at 13:38

Hard to tell, Melanie, but how big is the container your echinacea is in? It looks too big to me.  Potting is best using small pots then potting on as plant grows.  Plants simply do not grow if over potted.

Echinaceas, ESP the newer varieties, can be fickle.  They need to produce good roots before they flower......I remove any flower stems before mid summer and then allow flowering.  Echinaceas are susceptible to various diseases too, don't like being over watered,,their leaves wet or over feeding. Having said that, they need a reasonable supply of water .....I will water mine quite well during dry periods allowing the water to soak down and then water again (around the roots)

I think your echinacea therefore may ne over potted and have been overwatered. Is it growing in full sun?  Or at least getting plenty of sunshine?

Pathogens causing die back and rotting as well as wilting affect echinaceas.....I've had great "fun" trying to grow the new vsrieties over recent years.

 

Plant feeding

Posted: 04/07/2014 at 08:33

I grow a load of pelargoniums in a conservatory ....not really a fav of mine; colour but no form......and I use phostrogen currently.  However, I ring the changes, feed not too often but water well to avoid the build up of nitrates.

In the GH I have tomatoes and peppers.  Seaweed feed, an occasional phostrogen feed, Epsom salts once or twice, a spray of diluted milk a couple of times and an initial fish blood and bone feed is their regime. 

Generally a balanced fertiliser is fine for most plants.  Need to be careful with ericaceous plants though.  

Used to use specialist feeds in my early (over keen) days to try and produce super plants. However,  I i think now under feeding is better than over feeding.  Better not to force plants but let them grow slowly and sturdily

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 04/07/2014 at 08:22

That's odd.  When I look in the mirror I see ME Lily 

2014

Posted: 04/07/2014 at 08:19

Mmmmmmmmm! Cake 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 04/07/2014 at 08:06

Well, I do like to sneak in.........

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 04/07/2014 at 08:04

Nice gardens folks 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 04/07/2014 at 07:58

Hello forkers

Hottest day of the year for those in England but here in Cornwall it's cloudy, bright and warm but rain later. 

Sad about the hedgehog......but everything and everyone dies    Don't see him often but one does call here too

 

S O S Philadelphus - again!

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 20:12

Nut...it's fantastic scent...

John Innes Homebase lies perhaps

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 19:06

I think the mpc with John innes is heavier.  Prob more useful in containers that might otherwise blow over.  

Currently I'm usIng a levington mpc claiming to hold 20% more moisture...?  Well, it feels a little more substantial but mpc generally is pretty awful now.

Used to mix sieved soil and mpc for containers and thought it pretty good and had less attacks of vine weevil 

For any permanent container plantIng I would always use John innes

S O S Philadelphus - again!

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 18:59

Agreed.  Also trace the oldest wood back to the base.  Ths will remove new growth too on those branches,of course.  If you remove one or two old branches this way and then prune out flowered wood annually you will achieve a more compact size. ,

Incidentally, I intended to prune my mock orange this evening but it's raining.  Light, misty stuff though.  Mine too has been wonderful.    Saw a new dwarf variety recently.....lovely large flowers but no scent.  What???

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