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SOS Lupins look like the are dying

Posted: 08/09/2013 at 08:37

Clueless, forgive me if I seem slow today.  Did you sow one lupin seed per pot?   (I would have sown a number of seeds in small pots or small trays and then, about the stage they are currently af, potted individually into small pots). They may have simply run out of did say seed compost and sand.

Its a tricky time of year, deciding to feed or not now because usually feeding is reduced or stopped son, but I would put these seedlings in greenhouse and give a diluted tomato or seaweed spray.  

However, do pots feel light or heavy?  Wet or dry?  


Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 07/09/2013 at 20:48


Hee hee hee.  Snigger, snigger snigger.  Jealous or what?

I got mine last year but few days ago got another from local source in a 3 Litre pot.  Lucky cos if was only plant left.  However, Burncoose Nurseries. a  nationally well known but again locally based nursery has them in 2 litre pots.  I checked them out with a friend who bought one.  Lots of buds, in flower and about 2' or more,high in 2 litre pots.  They do mail order that may make cost high! 

If you can provide right comditions....good soil, dappled shade and reasonable moisture .....I think wild swan is superb.  But, as others have said, it's proving difficult for some.  I'm delighted to have them

Oh, same comditions as for your astrantias

re- what to grow next year

Posted: 07/09/2013 at 20:35

Sandra, hi.

Radishes, spring onions, lettuce,,shallots, peas,,sweet corn...killers 

Best weedkiller?  Depends what you want to do.  Anything based on glyphosate which kills down,to the root is very effective.  For perennial weeds like bindweed, bramble,etc

Best fertiliser?  To mix into the soil fish blood and bone is my preferred choice.  For feedimg tomatos, plants in pots and containers I like to use seaweed spray

The glyphosate fertiliser can only be used in the growing season so bit late now.  You can sow seeds the next day with this weedkiller.  

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 07/09/2013 at 20:25

Stacey, just cut back flowering stem.  That's it.

Your plants look to be of good size..2 or 3 litres?  ...those Heucheras and astrantias can go out in the garden. ,they won't need protection.  I have an astrantia coming this week and it will go straight out Imto the garden just as anemone Wild Swan in 3 litre pots was last week.   

Geranium attack!

Posted: 07/09/2013 at 18:00

Hiya welshdaffodil

ThaTs fine.  You're welcome


Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 07/09/2013 at 16:47

Just create warm root comditions for few weeks woody.  I think it's cold wet soil. I'm sure they will be fine in pots woody

How does this overwinter in yorkshire ?

Posted: 07/09/2013 at 12:39

It grows very vigorously for me.  It divides very well.  I would suggest lifting it and potting it up. If you can pull pices apart pot these up and overwinter in GH.   

Perovskia grows in driest possible spots

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 07/09/2013 at 12:34

Hello chicky, I know what you mean.  Doing that myself.  Soil is still warm so it will be ok, ESP if you  don't disturb rootball,too much.  Even tho I constantly take risks with plants I would not split heleniums now but plantIng and moving for now should be fine.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 07/09/2013 at 10:45

just a cautionary note.  heleniums must not be split much later than now.....spring is the time for that. They will rot most likely if done in autumn or winter

here's me, an expert after one season of growing them!!!  

To keep heleniums shorter you can do 2 things.  do the "chelsea chop" (*beginning to tire of that term now) in late spring) or, indeed, split them in early spring.  However, I intend to grow some  tall and position them accordingly and divide n cut back on others where I want shorter varieties.

Heleniums have certainly caught my imagination

oops! posting on the evening forkers thread.  oh dear!

Geranium attack!

Posted: 07/09/2013 at 08:43

I always write  thank you letters to father Christmas even tho I'm so disappointed he doesn't bring me what I asked for.

I think we should not look for the thank you posts.  It would spoil the forum if we always expected that.  People often dont think.  I see it every day and it is annoying when people don't respond as you would yourself, whether on the roads or in town or even friends n family.  

The resulting banter on the forum is always good whether the questioner responds or not

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