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hosta and geraniums

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 17:46

Tanya, just means they get acclimatised to the outside world a little.  To the wind, the rain to the environment.  I now have most every thing outside now in pots ....when I plant them out they will be accustomed to the conditions.  Means no check on their growth .


Posted: 13/04/2015 at 17:18

Matty, may be wrong but your red wallflower is likely to produce variable offspring.  I would try cuttings 


Posted: 13/04/2015 at 17:16

ordinary yellow captured as I got out of my car.

 hackonechloa and violas

Copper tape

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 12:24

Stained glass window is a hosta I considered Dove.  Supposed to be sun tolerant. I'm going to resist it for now.....

hosta and geraniums

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 12:20

Bizzybee,  I would plant them out at the end of the week.  Keep them in their pots outside during the day and inside overnight for couple of days. 


Posted: 13/04/2015 at 12:16

Punkdoc, tropicanna Black?  shorder plant?  Black?

Am I grumpy cos.....

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 11:11

Who is Percy Wintersong? 

Sundance in partial shade is great for me but I agree they look ashen faced in the sun

hosta and geraniums

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 11:05

Marc, are they in 9cm pots?  

Always I pot plants up before planting out.  They never go in the ground until they at least fill a 1 litre pot. its nto about the plants being hardy it's more about them being overwhelmed by weather or pest.  Plant them out bigger and they will cope better

oh!  And all plants need to be hardened off first no matter what size they are if they have been in a greenhouse 

Green manure

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 11:02

I am not convinced about green manure.  It creates a weedy patch, looks awful in winter and needs digging in thus disrupting the soil structure.

Copper tape

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 10:59

I find copper tape works well.  Bear in mind, slugs will enter pots through the bottom or may already be in the compost. If a nearby pot plant has leaves that touch your protected hosta one slugs/snails can bridge across.  Ironically pots can be worse than the open ground. ,slugs like to breed/hide/whatever under pots...turn over your pots and chances are many of them will have little slugs there.

wiping the tape occasionally helps I think....a layer of dust may reduce its effectiveness.

re Google reviews...they're fun aren't they?  I dismiss the extreme views and look at the average.

prob the best solution is to use tape and nematodes.  

So far I manage to grow damage free hostas...I posted a couple last pots and in the ground.  My regime is checking at night with a torch and salt solution.  Allowing hostas to flower too is a great attraction for slugs I think so the best foliage varieties have their flower stalks removed.  Otherwise at flowering time be more vigilant.

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