Latest posts by Verdun

Pennisetum Fireworks needs repotting

Posted: 26/09/2016 at 17:19

Sorry nanny beach...they ARE tender.  

I live in a very mild part of the country and can leave many tender plants outside but pennisetum rubrum varieties will not survive.  Even indoors they struggle 

Vine Weevils and nematodes in pots.

Posted: 26/09/2016 at 17:12

Yes, nematodes are very effective but too late now madpenqun.

for now Provado is the only solution to save your plants because those grubs are now munching away.  A routine of using nematodes from next spring is the way to go 


Posted: 26/09/2016 at 17:08

Online...just google nematodes ...or go to your garden centre where you pay and nematodes are posted to you.  Much simpler online.

Water retaining gel

Posted: 26/09/2016 at 12:59

used water gel for a couple of years and found it had no beneficial fact, I thought it made for a messy compost and logically made no sense to me. Better to add dried or pelleted manure to the compost instead. 

the mychorhizal that's wrong.....fungi is something I used when planting heathers and I felt it made a difference.  a nursery owner swears by it down here too: 

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 26/09/2016 at 12:49

Wet .  At times heavy downpours . Warm tho ! 

Is it dead and what is growing out of this!!!??

Posted: 26/09/2016 at 12:43

Yes, the echevaria's "extension" is indeed a flower.  

Mine has flowered this summer and another "extension"  about to flower.  Mine is outside but will be moved .......or, simply covered with a sheet of glass as last year.  It is sharp drainage.  Yes, it is "an issue" if there are no drainage holes.  Not a "good idea" to make a drainage is ESSENTIAL 

Keeping Dahlia tubers

Posted: 26/09/2016 at 12:31

I think we....or the experts....overhype an awful lot of garden jobs.  individual common sense is better.  If dahlias (in pots) are dying down, look tatty and it suits to cut them back and pop into the gh then do it.  They will survive exactly the same but the job is safely done and dusted without risk of frost damage to the tubers 

experts argue both ways as they usually do about so many things 

Who thinks about their dahlias every day in the autumn and considers the first frost?  Chances are it will be a series of frosts that occur before the plants are moved into the GH 

Keeping Dahlia tubers

Posted: 26/09/2016 at 08:18

Ironic, isn't it?  Dahlias should be stored frost free yet we are told to wait until foliage is blackened by frost ??  

The advantage of digging up before frost is that plants can dry out in warmer weather.  There is no magcal effect of foliage being blackened

Lift them now or wait till spring?

Posted: 26/09/2016 at 08:13

Half and half for me caroline 

anything you want to divide dig up and pot up.  

If you have spare space in the garden I would use to "heel" in ...i.e. With plenty of rootballs place them together and mound soil around them.  You could use bin liners to wrap individual root balls too.

The advantage of having things potted is they are ready when you are 

How ruthless???

Posted: 25/09/2016 at 21:38

I regularly move plants Perki, take chances, etc but never moved baptisia successfully that's why I advise caution 

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