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Ceanothus life span?

Posted: 25/07/2014 at 12:38

Chickenlady, pretty sure your ceanothus is dying.  Cut it back hard and it will not regrow, in my experience.

25 years for a ceanothus is a very long time

Ive grown several over the years.....they thrive and many are huge here in Cornwall.  On average they last about 5 to 8 years.  Usually, from nothing, they suddenly die back and their demise is rapid. 

Ceanothus don't like being pruned but, ironically, they need to be restrained and initially flower better because of it.

Chickenlady, check the branches and see how far the "die back" is.  Nothing will regrow from dead wood...of course.  Think about getting rid of it now....don't plant another ceanothus there

 

Roasting

Posted: 25/07/2014 at 08:59

Floppy Hosta

Posted: 25/07/2014 at 08:58

Sounds like you are doing the right things.  However, don't water too much now. 

 

what to put here

Posted: 25/07/2014 at 08:32

Rosemummy I think a camellia would be perfect there.  Sarcoccoca too, purely for its scent, would grow and thrive there.  Lonicera winter beauty......shrubby honeysuckle too for its scent (not to be confused with the climbing honeysuckles; this is a shrub)

A couple of mounded evergreens will add form and density to that area.  

Talkback: How to take aeonium cuttings

Posted: 25/07/2014 at 08:19

I'm in Cornwall.  Yes I have grown aeoniums in the ground and kept there over winter. Sometimes it works sometimes not.  Often it's been a late spring frost that catches them. 

In nearby Perranporth in a garden overlooking the sea a mass plantImg of aeonium swarkskopf survived at least 3 years.

I keep one plant outside in a pot but always bring a plant or two indoors too.

It may be better to let cuttimgs dry out first but I never do.....they are taken and inserted immediately.  I reduce the height and take several cuttings from this reduction.  Spring through to late summer  

Roasting

Posted: 25/07/2014 at 08:11

Looks and feels like it will be hotter than yesterday??????

riddle solved

Posted: 25/07/2014 at 08:05

Somerhing we all prob do rosemummy.  But, mystery solved Poirot!

protecting Aeonium arboreum's

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 23:14

Yes that should be fine Kev.  Some ventilation is important.  I often place a heavy slate or stone on the glass to weigh it down.  

Tender Perennial.

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 20:55

You're welcome Artjak 

Roasting

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 20:53

Apparently there have been some local thunder storms but not here.  Still very, very warm amd humid. 

Time to refreeze those under pants.   Left them on top of my blackcurrants  ......must give those away to someone 

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