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new Lupins gone all brown

Posted: 29/05/2015 at 08:12

Purple Chris

Lupins can be a little finicky at times, esp when young.  I never plant out small lupins...all are grown on in a minimum of 1 litre pots but usually in 3 litres.  Occasionally on my neutral soil ...quite rich soil too ....lupins get a touch of chlorosis.  The solution is a couple of epsom salt sprays and then they are fine.  

I love lupins...nothing quite like them I think. So.   Grow them well before planting out. If you buy them now they should be large plants and hardened off so you can plant straight into the soil.  They need watering at firsf but then just enough that they dont dry out. I remove flowered stems just as they start to go over ....this enables me to have 2 or 3 further flushes of flowers.

Hardy osteospermum

Posted: 29/05/2015 at 07:59

Osteospermums really are quite freely available down here.  I have Gweek variegated.....beautiful upright variety wifh white flowers.  another variegated one wirh yellow and green foliage but name escapes me.  Voltage yellow is a lomg flowering winter hardy (down here) variety. a bright red vsriety also is hardy here.

cannington roy is a hardy pink spreading osteospermum as is ecklonis  prostrata but white.  Whirligig is another white with spoon shaped petals.  I have an excellent purple spreading hardy osteospermum, Tresco Purple  ....these will fit your criteria Steve of being "flashy" I think. 

Moldy mulch help!

Posted: 29/05/2015 at 07:43

Not a lot you can do Wisknitcat.  I dont think it is hazardous in any way

haven't used cocoa mulch for years now. I used it as a thick mulch around ornamental planting and the "mould" developed quite quickly.  Took a few months to clear naturally but I have not used it simce.  Not a mulch I like very much.  Wouldn't use it around edible crops though.....just my suspicion about it.

Ring stakes for Rudbeckia

Posted: 29/05/2015 at 07:20

I grow goldsturm too.  Never needs staking.  Mine grow about 60 - 90 cm and I never think about staking them.  They are sturdy and robust taking any amount of wind etc

however, if suports are ever needed for any plants I get them in early.  Staking when already in need of support creates an artificial looking appearance I think. 


Posted: 29/05/2015 at 07:14

Hello forkers.

hmmm!  Heavy rain forecast last night but everything is dry.   Often rain passes by here but that forecast was bonkers .  It is overcast, humid, warm and rain could still fall.  

Impruneta terracotta I

Posted: 28/05/2015 at 21:41

Am I the only one to consider aging pots silly?  Using products to create algae.....effectively slime.....on pots?  I like clean pots...not scrupulously clean, not scrubbed just naturally looking. Yoghurt, etc., will encourage ants.....?

what do people really think that algae-coated pots bring to the garden?   the plants will usually cover the comtainers anyway.  ....??  Not for me folks 

new Lupins gone all brown

Posted: 28/05/2015 at 21:27

Purple chris, how alkaline is your soil?  Lupins do not like it too alaline so this may be a cause.

how big were your lupins?  Lupins are hardy but new plants need to be hardened off esp if planted out when frosts were about.

(not sure we need a picture of dead lupins though..? )


Posted: 28/05/2015 at 19:41

One issue re feedimg is to ring the changes now and then. seaweed spray seems esp good on pelargoniums. 

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 28/05/2015 at 18:09

Exactly Mr Edd.  Just a few pellets can be very effective.  Too many and the slugs invite their mates around for a party 


Posted: 28/05/2015 at 18:07

Shelley, you will probably meed to spray 3 times during the summer.  Look for other regrowth and spray again.

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