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Getting disillusioned with my greenhouse

Posted: 09/08/2016 at 11:13

Ha ha.

just thought that thinking it is a "freaky" season can overlook some practical measures we can take.  This is an "advice" forum after all! 

If I recall correctly, this "freaky" weather is mentioned well, every year. 

Besides KT53,......

talking to a friend recently....the same I helped in her overgrown garden......she said it was the "unusual" weather that has made her brambles and thistles grow so much.  I said it was more likely that she didn't pull them out.   Ah!  KT53, I didn't agree with her either but it had the desired effect 

Hydrangea watering

Posted: 09/08/2016 at 08:26

No amount of watering will help if the roots are congested..........????? 

Getting disillusioned with my greenhouse

Posted: 09/08/2016 at 08:25

Don't think it is a freaky year.  

An increase in gh hygiene is called for. white fly is best comtrolled by sticky traps Iiseals.  Also by growing tagetes ...their smell helps deter the build up of white fly.

slugs?   Check spots where they will be hiding....are there plants growing agaimst the glass outside the gh?  If you are growing edibles in the  gh I would not use pellete on the inside but nematodes will help too. 

Freaky year?  Every year is is normal 

Hydrangea watering

Posted: 08/08/2016 at 22:01

Exactly as I thought John ....well done 

What is your weather like?

Posted: 08/08/2016 at 21:39

Oh no!  Not more sun 

Hydrangea watering

Posted: 08/08/2016 at 19:56

A friend of mine bought 3 hydrangeas over the weekend from a well known store.  They were all rootbound so no amount of watering would suffice.  

Every plant should be soaked and roots loosened before planting

there should not really be any "transplant stress" if all you did was plant it John 

Hydrangea watering

Posted: 08/08/2016 at 19:27

John,,when you planted it did you check the root system? I think yours was potbound.  

Dig it up, soak the rootball in a bucket of water for 30 minutes or so then loosen the roots pulling them away from the rootball.  

when you replant mix in dried mamure, pelleted chicken manure etc., and water well.  Water again a while later and then mulch 


Posted: 08/08/2016 at 19:23

So Wendy, don't prune it until it flowers next year now.  I suspect it will look superb next year 

Are Heliotrope hardy

Posted: 08/08/2016 at 17:50

Stems Anomander.  Ideally 2" or so shoots without flowers from lower down.  I pull them off then cut to nodes, remove leaves leaving a couple of small ones, half perlite and half mpc, water well and cover with polythene bag or unheated propagator.   

What is your weather like?

Posted: 08/08/2016 at 17:43

Roasting...."they" said it would be cooler.......

I helped someone in her overgrown garden this morning .....lots of hard work in very hot weather.  And no lager offered! 

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