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Overwintering pelargoniums-how often to water?

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 16:56

Gosh, they are tall.  You can cut back safely to green shoots.  I cut into the wood beyond those shoots myself but then I'm brutal with them. I  cut back in autumn, spring and summer to keep them compact.  keeps them floriferous and provide lots of cuttings.


Posted: 06/01/2015 at 16:51

Fingers crossed for you Punkdoc.  


Posted: 06/01/2015 at 15:34

Just read your edit Ed.  Will definitely try it .  Always learning, aren't we?


Posted: 06/01/2015 at 15:32

Will try it Edd.  Thanks.  Is it something you have done?

My alstromeira keep growing

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 14:15

Trouble is Lyn because they traditionally go dormant during the summer they leave a pretty sizeable gap in the border.  I grow just one variety now but moved it so that summer perennials disguise it now.   I enjoy a very long flowering period up to June or so and the gap thereafter is not seen.  

It's my birthday

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 14:12

Somebody has a birthday on the 8th so bumping this up to remind her to post on it.

(I have 2 birthdays this year .......I think I deserve it )


Posted: 06/01/2015 at 14:09

Boooooooooootiful day here 

just had a pm and someone has a birthday on the 8th so I will bump up the appropriate thread


Posted: 06/01/2015 at 13:45

You can move them now.....they have very large and heavy root systems so dig generously and water well

i grow several hellebores and a few of them developed helleborus black spot.  However, I think it's the dampness around the leaves that helps the disease.  In drier places my hellebores are fine.  I am trying seaweed and Epsom salt sprays to see if they do anything against black spot but will also be trying neem oil (thanks to Bee witched who made us aware of it)   I have researched this product and it looks promising 

My alstromeira keep growing

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 13:40

They do flower for a very long time.  They will have their dormant period though.  For me mid to late summer is when they die back to appear again in early autumn

Do nothing.  A hard frost will check them no doubt before spring

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 08:33

Lyn, I was thinking much the same thing 

it's difficult for you isn't it?  And your emotional dilemma how to treat your mum doesn't help does it?  I look back a few short months ago to when my mum had her stroke.  Prob would have been better, for her, if it had been a fatal one.  A huge shock to the rest of us though.

the doctor and I have agreed mum's treatment should be about her comfort and care with no investigative procedures etc.  

clari, mum does have complan  but nothing much tempts her.  

best wishes to all having issues right now 

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