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plant ideas for this old pot

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 13:19

The aeoniums will need to go indoors in the winter....although through most winters they survive outside here. ......but they grow quickly.  Every spring I cut the tops and insert into 9cm pots of perlite rich compost.  By summers' end I have new plants several inches tall.  

Busy Lizzie Blight

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 13:14

Busy lizzies are subject to a virus that has almost wiped them out. New guinea and newer varieties ..(sure someone who grows them will know what they are) .that are similar to the old ones....are available that are resistant to this virus.




Posted: 05/05/2014 at 12:53

Stacey, it looks like too much old wood there.  My bushes are prob 5 years old and every spring......April I guess.....I remove all old wood, the grey wood.  I try to keep as much coloured as possible.....and prune/spur all shoots on this wood.  I think blueberries fruit on last year's wood so I prune to encourage this.  Too much old wood tires the bush and is unproductive anyway.  I think.

I would not repot as such.  Is your compost saturated though?  It's difficult to properly see your bush but it looks like it is.  And the compost level is low.  Blueberries are shallow rooting.  I would be inclined to lift it out of its pot and add ericaceous compost to the bottom.  Also lightly scrape with fingers the top compost and apply fresh. Water well. 

My blueberries are looking pretty good.....plenty of fruit, compact and green.  I apply Epsom salts in early spring as a tonic and a little fish blood and bone.  A light mulch of ericaceous compost too.

My blueberries  are in pots of ericaceous John innes and plunged in the ground. They are slightly higher than soil level but whole local area ....pots and mulched with ericaceous compost.  I ensure pots are reasonably moist.  (use tap water but shouldn't really but seem to get away with it.)

Hope this helps.

If vine weevils are a problem you can easily the roots look eaten and when you remove some of the soil can you see grubs?



Rust spots

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 12:08

Yes, agree.  My rhubarb is a bit like that and it's a yearly thing until I water it.  And water it WELL 

Osteospermum Cuttings?

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 07:59

Osteospermum cuttings are the easiest.

They often layer themselves but pin down a couple of "nicked" stems and cover with soil.  In a few weeks you,will have new plamts.  I find cuttings take froable every part of the plant.....half and half perlite and mpc is excellent.

What do I grow?

Posted: 04/05/2014 at 23:51


dafodil leaves

Posted: 04/05/2014 at 23:50

Daff foliage looks fine if you dead head them.  It's only when the fosilage starts to yellow that they look drab.  Then I push them under shrubs or flat n the ground.  By then they will not be affected by this.  When the yellowing turns brown remove them 

I also take advantage, after flowering, of dividing them.  Without breaking up the clumps too much I pot up and feed well.  I am at that stage now with many of my daffs

What do I grow?

Posted: 04/05/2014 at 23:42

Sorry Mike.  Meant to say good luck for your op.

What do I grow?

Posted: 04/05/2014 at 22:32

Hello Mike.

Good to have your calming words .  Looking forward to your book 

plant ideas for this old pot

Posted: 04/05/2014 at 20:50

Aeonium schwarzkopf........silly me! 

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