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Plant food etc - opinions & recommendations please

Posted: 14/02/2016 at 11:47

maybe not a "feed" as such but epsom salts is part of my regime my slightly alkaline/neutral soil lupins always get a couple of sprays in spring.  Tomatoes, raspberries, camellias, rhodos, azaleas, peaches and blueberries too 

a dilute milk spray...calcium....on tomatoes a few times before any fruit set too 

Hellebore disappointment

Posted: 14/02/2016 at 08:10

All my doubles.and I have several....bore double flowers from the start.

the guaranteed way to get the type and colour of hellebore you want is to go to a specialisr grower and supplier like Ashwoods.  

Buy cheap and you wait for 2 to 4 years to see what you have.  It's about time too....enjoy your plants from year one 

a well known local hellebore breeder...Wendy Perry of Bosvigo Nurseries...has her open day next Saturday.  Plants to see and buy.     

Should I accept this?

Posted: 13/02/2016 at 20:36

Sorry Sparkles re hellebores ...wot am I like? 

Tomato variety

Posted: 13/02/2016 at 20:34

Gardeners delight can be grown as a bush variety.  for me it is the best tasting, best producing and most disease resistant tomato Jonesk.  Marshalls, suttons....they all provide online 

Growing Hakonechloa

Posted: 13/02/2016 at 19:12

Division is successful if reasonable size clumps are taken.  No need to dig up plants either.  a sharp spade is all you need to take pieces off 


Posted: 13/02/2016 at 18:37

Esp with white varieties.  

(I have a nice white camellia now flowering but it is, as,Philippa suggests, in a spot avoiding morning sun 

re plant a Chusan Palm

Posted: 13/02/2016 at 18:33

Chusan is tough Philippa. 

Growing Hakonechloa

Posted: 13/02/2016 at 18:32

I grow several hackonechloas and they do not need rich feeding. I have them  2 metres wide in the ground but also in large containers.

for me they need containers they need a saucer under them.  

Darrenbrian, who said you need such a low ph level?  Coir and bark?  How long have you had them growing in this?  I think you are overthinking this.  

I apply a light dried manure/mpc mix over them in early spring.  They grow in sun (brighter foliage) or in partial shade for me 

re plant a Chusan Palm

Posted: 13/02/2016 at 17:24

I still sense you can separate pot n plant Colin.  a few grunts will give you extra strength 

Advice on New Border Planting

Posted: 13/02/2016 at 17:22

Salvia...."prairie" planting?  Lovely . heleniums,,agastaches and salvias like Amistad will assort well with grasses like calamagrostis, stipas and deschampsias 

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