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Carrots splitting

Posted: 10/08/2016 at 18:57

Ha ha 

Astilbie with sudden dry leaves

Posted: 10/08/2016 at 18:55

Astilbes love water...not standing in water but being in moist soil Celandonsusan so two things.  It will not reallg like being in a pot.  It is a big rooted plant and thirsty and hungry.  The leaves will dry out "alarmingly"

you said it is a temporary measure....that's fine but bury the pot in the ground.  It will help stop the roots drying out too much

don't worry about my experience astilbes are not attacked by them.

from September on, when weather cools a bit, your astilbe will be happier.   

Meanwhile shade and water.  You cannot really overwater a potted astilbe 

(astilbes are a favourite of mine growing large, lush and colourful) 

Carrots splitting

Posted: 10/08/2016 at 14:09

No, that is for carrots forking  Fairy.  Compost and too much fertiliser too, not just stones 

splitting is to do with watering or my name is not Monty Don. 

Last edited: 10 August 2016 14:10:31

rose in containers: mulch with JI-3 or bark chips

Posted: 10/08/2016 at 14:06

I almost replied to this thread but did not want to be contraryr.  However, I agree totally with Marlorena.

my advice was to ask David Austin directly  if necessary but I would top dress with 2" of compost and a little pelleted chicken manure 

Last edited: 10 August 2016 14:07:36

Problem solving

Posted: 10/08/2016 at 12:44

Carol, yes it does sound like dryness made worse by the sun

is this in a pot?   If so, it will respond to generous watering now and to make sure it doesn't dry out.  

there was a recent thread about this...Salix Flamingo.....if you want to check out what was said.


Posted: 10/08/2016 at 10:03

I cover pellets to avoid birds or animals getting at them.......also they are longer lasting being kept dry.

I use pieces of aluminium curved slightly but slate or flat stones raises slightly off the ground 


Posted: 10/08/2016 at 09:49

Slugs do not read the script.   Rough hard surfaces, grit, sand, eggshells, all suggested as deterrents do not work. If they did we would not have a slug problem in our gardens.  They are survivors.

good hygiene, the occasional well spaced and covered pellet, night time vigils with a torch and salt solution, and a good habitat for birds and toads/frogs (garden pond) are the only effective protection for our plants. 

Propagation Geum and Hardy Geraniums

Posted: 10/08/2016 at 09:39

LeeD, by division for both. 

I divide TT every 2 years.......did a batch some 4 weeks back after the flowering eased off a little  (They will flower forever but now is a good time).  I divide each clump into 3 or 4 large pieces and pot them up into 5 litre pots.  Large divisions make excellent flowering plants early.  They will be planted in autumn.  No...not from seed 

My flowers ..

Posted: 10/08/2016 at 09:17

Lobelia hadspen purple

Carrots splitting

Posted: 10/08/2016 at 08:16

Carrots need consistent moisture levels loraine.  Difficult in a raised bed.  If soil is poor you will need to add compost etc. but this is what carrots will not tolerate.  So, if you enrich soil one year you cannot grow carrots there until at least the following season 

tomatoes?  Similar.  A shortage of water followed by heavy watering wil cause splitting.  Temps will cause this too 

Last edited: 10 August 2016 08:19:19

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