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Can i grow a Mahonia in a pot?

Posted: 15/12/2013 at 11:32

mahonia charity, for me, is very pleasant.  

there are dwarf types, albeit a little spreading, but i think they are not really pot plants.  They can be drastically pruned back to keep smallish....I have rejuvenated Charity from a straggly poor flowering 12' to a handsome 7' bushy flowering plant in 3 years.  As a pot plant I think they have issues....prickly so not nice by the front door, they seem to over react to periods of drought or over watering and their leaf drop is not pleasant

for winter scent, for winter colour and for nice variegation I would grow daphne odoraureomarginata.  

Riddle me

Posted: 15/12/2013 at 11:22

its ME 

Japanese Knotweed

Posted: 15/12/2013 at 11:21

hmmmm.  I thought this was a notifyable weed.  

Carol, I share your concerns.  I no longer buy recycled compost from the council for this very reason, viz., that it is likely to contain invasive material.

I was under the impression that jap knotweed needs to be eradicated and this is official thinking.

Talkback: Colourful plants for winter

Posted: 15/12/2013 at 09:08

Sounds lovely happymarion. Agree about the grasses still looking good.  Miscanthus varieties ESP stand up well to gales etc.

Mahonia Charity is looking superb right now with solanum album flowering behind.  Dogwoods shining too.  

Poorly evergreen heaucra

Posted: 15/12/2013 at 08:57

Angela is correct.  I do this too.  However, the drench DOES work.  Yes it is expensive.  If you dig up your Heucheras scour the surrounding soil too for those grubs.  I excavate as much soil as poss and place it on tray or bin or similar and sift through it.  Bear in mind there will be eggs there too so you will have to repeat this process next spring.  I do this to primroses, polyanthus etc

Red dahlia, you can easily divide your fact they benefit from it.  Lift and pull apart.  Wash them thoroughly.  Pot up and plant deeply.  Next year you will have your Heucheras back again but in greater numbers 

If it's just dying and browning leaves remove them.  Slightly tug at your Heuchera.  If it comes away from the soil it will definitely be vine weevil.  If the centre of your plant looks ok....I.e. healthy ...then leave well alone.

Heucheras do look fantastic and then suddenly, it seems, look awful.  Nature of the beast


Posted: 15/12/2013 at 08:46

Hello FORKERS.  

Wet morning but warm.  

No KEF nothing damaged thanks.  Grasses still standing and flowerimg.....not as rough as anticipated. Should improve today.

I see everybody has been starving him/herself 

Expected to make a few appearances at the foodbank this week....either everybody volunteers or nobody does.  

Have good day folks


Poorly evergreen heaucra

Posted: 15/12/2013 at 00:12

I suspect, very strongly, you have vine weevils.  Heucheras are a passion for those critters.  Use Provado vine weevil killer ASAP

I suggest, yes, you cut all,those leaves  clears away all the debris and helps prepare it for  new leaves in the spring.

Next spring you could use nematodes for vine weevils....the preferred organic way....but you can't use the chemical and the nematodes together.  By next spring the chemical in Provado will have disappeared.  

Whatever you use you will need to treat Heucheras twice a year.....spring and autumn

Fox gloves

Posted: 14/12/2013 at 17:29

Not aware of too many truly perennial foxgloves despite the claims 

Riddle me

Posted: 14/12/2013 at 17:27

Honestly James.  Dont google.  Spotted that one from the off.  

Have to put my thinking hat on now and make something up.  Used to love the lateral thinkIng re riddles...........


Does anyone recognise these

Posted: 14/12/2013 at 17:24

John innes composts seem less attractive to vine weevils.  Mpc are loved by those critters

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