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Whats happening to my conifer - going brown

Posted: 05/06/2015 at 15:24

No Mattt

just tease, gently pull root ends outwards and downwards if they look like they are growing in circles around the rootball...the rootball is the whole plant in the pot itself.  You want those roots to grow away into the soil when you plant.  When you buy a plant, plunge it (not the top part) in a bucket of water for half an hour or so to really soak it.  Then plant it.  Mix compost into fhe soil when you plant too.  Then water well. Soak it.  Let the water run away.  Soak it again. Do this 3 or 4 times.  Then you can water it again in a few days in the same way.  


Posted: 05/06/2015 at 13:10

Nice Runny .    reminds me to get a fresh supply of lager later 

Growing Iceberg lettuce

Posted: 05/06/2015 at 13:09

Runny, I dont use pellets near my veg.  They really as so toxic.  

Check at night with a torch Marilyn.  Lift foliage and search.  As Edd said the tiny slugs do most damage right now.  Leave a slate, flat stone, etc., slightly raises up nearby and check for them hiding there


Posted: 05/06/2015 at 13:04

Check out geum totally tangerine.  Flowers for weeks from May until late summer charley.  Pulmonarias too?  Whites, blues and pinks ....some have superb foliage too

Whats happening to my conifer - going brown

Posted: 05/06/2015 at 13:00

Keep them well watered Mattt.  A thorough soaking now and then is far better than little and often.  I would still inform B &. Q.  Ask for the manager of the store.  take a picture of your planting....healthy and unhealthy ones.  You should get replacement or refund. I have often returned plants, tools, products to them without issues


Posted: 05/06/2015 at 12:55

Well....what rain?  Slight, very slight drizzle earlier and now hot.  

Love that Mungo Jerry track.......he has a beautiful soothing easy on the ear voice .  Seriously a fun track that makes me smile.

bought a white astilbe this morning from a local nursery...always get a bargain there.  Removed a very inferior hellebore ........ruthless me 

nematodes for carrots arrived today........I have removed the fleece and see how nematodes work on their own.  My regime in future will be nematodes early in spring followed by fleece.  Theoretically this should pre empt future over wintering flies.  

Whats happening to my conifer - going brown

Posted: 05/06/2015 at 12:47

No Mattt.  Thats it for them?  When did you buy them? Perhaps they have a growth warranty.....many garden centres do but if less than one year planted you still,could get a refund.

Shrivelled and dry mail order plants?

Posted: 05/06/2015 at 12:44

Louise......i agree totally with Matt.  Do not accept a reduction.  Say the plants are "not fit for purpose".  They were supplied in a poor state.  Demand a full refund.  You will get it.  If all else fails, tell them this has been reported on a national forum.  do it louise.  What do you think will,happen to you by (rightfully) complaining?  The sky wont fall in. 

Whats happening to my conifer - going brown

Posted: 05/06/2015 at 12:40

No mattt.  They will not survive.  Possibly dried out.....perhaps at planting time they were root bound or dry.  

Why not ring the changes and plant different shrubs there instead? 

Plant suggestions for my front garden

Posted: 05/06/2015 at 12:35

Hydrangeas will struggle there in a hot sunny situation Scgh.

a phormium in the centre would look nice there.......a cream variety like Tricolour would look nice in front of the red wall.

senecio sunshine is a low growing, mound forming grey foliage yellow flowered shrub and would enjoy those conditions. i agree with choisya, the green form.  aromatic evergreen glossy foliage with delightfully scented flowers in late spring. 

A conifer like taxus standishii for a lovely erect narrow shape or a mound forming variety will give easy care, attractive foliage. 

For a brilliant show of colour from spring to autumn check out cotinus royal purple.  Spectacular red/purple foliage amd would thrive there.

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