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Black elder

Posted: 15/12/2015 at 20:52

Hiya cornishpixi.

hmmm! 4 years old.  The roots will have spread quite a bit

you need the rootball to be damp....prob no problem there right now I have moved Sutherland Gold  a couple of times with success 

do it now........perfect conditions right now.  dig as deep as possible to get as big a rootball as possible.   Trim any wide lateral roots.  It should re establish well if you water it in thoroughly and cut back top growth to near the base.  Use cut material for cuttings....they take well even now.  ( 3 to 5" pieces in mpc and perlite and water well) 

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 15/12/2015 at 20:24

Excellent news Edd.  Pleased for you but don't I'm going soft 

Help. Plant ID in new garden.

Posted: 15/12/2015 at 17:52

Could be B.A nana Bagatelle Russ. It looks small enough to be.

yes,you can prune that skimmia.  I "reclaimed" a couple that took over a border.  I would wait until spring.  


Posted: 15/12/2015 at 17:41

Did that Logan as an experiment.  Not a great success for me....roots forked and simply did not match those sown in situ......well I was actually standing up 

the solution really is to take your time sowing the seed.....prepare a really good bed at least 15 cm deep, achieve a fine tilth and level surface and then space sow perhaps 2 cm apart.  Then lightly cover. Lightly tamp down,,lightly water and fleece.  A superb crop of delicious carrots is then guaranteed 

How cold is too cold for a Cupressus Goldcrest?

Posted: 15/12/2015 at 17:33

Bella a thin wire around your tree will prevent snow damage.  You can release in spring.

that pot seems plenty big enough to me......I assume you mean 32.5 " diameter, not circumference.

if you can lift it out of its pot in spring look at the roots. Pot on if it looks rootbound or getting that way.  Always a good idea to remove, gently, top half an inch or so of compost to replace with fresh.....dried manure mixed into it will help.  Of course  keep it well watered.......drying out is something most conifers struggle with and fail to aesthetically recover from 

Let's hasten the winter! What are you looking forward to flowering in spring?

Posted: 15/12/2015 at 16:12

Maureen, only repot if you think it is too big for existing pot. I would wait until early spring now though.  For hostas in pots I always mix a little dried manure into the compost. John Innes compost too.   And for snail and slug proofing apply copper tape around your pot. 


Posted: 15/12/2015 at 16:05

Wrinkly, not sure pelleted seed will change much re germination rate.  Do you sow a little too deeply perhaps?  Pelleted seed makes no difference either to carrot fly.

when thinning carrots water well and then cover with fleece.  Keep covered whilst picking during the season.

Daffodils are sprouting too early!

Posted: 15/12/2015 at 16:00

Don't understand the rithmatic . My dad said I was special cos the olympics celebrate my birthday. 


Posted: 15/12/2015 at 12:41

Costa Pat.  He is so enjoyable to watch.  What a character but he really knows his stuff as do his colleagues.  I download GA Pat 

Let's hasten the winter! What are you looking forward to flowering in spring?

Posted: 15/12/2015 at 12:38

Your place isn't called "hosta towers" by any chance Hosta? 

Maureen,,your hosta will "disappear" .  Hey presto! In spring you will see it again....but watch those snails 

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