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Moving mature plants

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 12:15

Agree with Busy...if you must move the hydrangea then you have no choice kia-mena

cut it back at least by half.....I would be more brutal and cut it almost to the ground.  You will need to dig a trench all around the shrub and prepare yourself to dig up a huge rootball.  Someone working with you would be more than helpful.  

Before you dig up your shrub prepare a hole elsewhere....a big hole ......and have compost, dried manure etc., ready to mix with the soil.  

A product called mycorrhizal (bet that's wrong ) fungi to scatter in fhe hole just before planting again making sure the roots touch it. 

I feel sure it will move Kia-mena.  Cutting back the top growth is essential but trim any overly long roots too and any damaged roots.

the hydrangea will not flower for a couple of years but then will settle down to regular flowering.

the other plants will move easily 

What is your weather like?

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 12:02

bloomin' HOT.  Luverly 

Can you put a hosta in a hanging basket?

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 11:55

Wakeshine, not really.  It would be a guess as to what you have.

Hostafan is the expert here....he grows hundreds so I think we will know 

re copper rings.......old copper pipes work well.  

Pruning buddleja

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 11:52

Grassyknoll, pruning does delay flowering a little....before you know it "suddenly" yours will be in flower too.

you will see your flowers at eye level or higher, you will get more flowers too by regular pruning.  An unpruned buddleia will become gnarled, woody and branches will break.

no, Grassyknoll, you have done the right will see soon enough.

post back in a week or so and tell us yours are flowering 


Posted: 31/07/2016 at 11:47

B3, you can move them now.  I have recently moved miscanthus and Calamageostis and do so most years...for the reasons you give,,viz., they are in the wrong places and they do grow fast.  If left they spoil the garden for this yesr....and this year is important too 

Ideally grasses are best moved or divided in spring but as lomg as they haven't been in place for more than a year you can safely do if now.  Two you get as big a rootball as possible and, two, you water really well.  Drench it and repeat it tomorrow.  If it doesn't rain water again in a week or so 

try it.  You will learn then what you can and cant do.  Dig up one or two and let us know.

miscanthus will not be flowering for a few weeks yet so moving will not affect the flowering.  I have put 3 or 4 in pots too for permanent placement later 

Can you put a hosta in a hanging basket?

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 09:30

Morning wakeshine

most are under 4 years old because I divide them every 2 or 3 years.  They will grow fast from second year onward if given good compost, mulched every year, kept reasonably moist and kept slug free.  Copper tape or a copper ring around a pot effctively deter slugs etc

some I let flower but others not ....hosta foliage remains pristine if flowers are removed.  Balancing act because some hostas have fragrant flowers!  Wont post more pics but hostas with blue foliage and blue and cream foliage are superb so you could become addicted 

Can you put a hosta in a hanging basket?

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 09:12


not really a plant for hanging basket....its beauty is seen looking down on it.  It would be wasted.  No, not evergreen.  It requires plenty of water...masses in a hanging basket.

grow it in a pot on the ground.  Apply copper tape around the rim and use a john innes compost.  You can grow it in full sun or full shade but more watering in sun.  

this is one of many I grow in pots, in the ground, in sun and in partial shade.  This is in full sun.  None of my hostas....touch damaged by slugs


Posted: 31/07/2016 at 08:37

Excellent Chris 

how did the carrots do?

I have my name down for an allotment...will give me space here for my planned water/stream feature and redesign 

Last edited: 31 July 2016 08:39:54

What is this plant ?

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 08:34

Nicer than a delphinium Nut??   

Love my delphs and second flowering now starting on some of them.....unrivalled shades of blue on tall on stately foliage beats tree paeonies ........mind you, I haven't any tree peaonies 

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 08:30

Watered plants in pots earlier......already hot and another roasting day in prospect...beach calling I think 

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