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Hostas starting to go over

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 19:33

Love heathers.  Superb evergreens.  Superb foliage colour and flowers in winter if the ericas.  Superb weed inhibitors.  Superb undulating mounds.   Low maintenance.  Yep!  Heathers are, well, superb 

Sedum brilliant

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 19:29

Pokhim, is it wet there?  Looks like it   Sedums will rot there

yes, autumn is here but on dry soils sedums should still be solid and far from "slimy" 

What am I doing wrong with penstemon cuttings?

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 18:44

Custard?  I use strawberry jam 

you need to cover them have your reason for cuttings wilting. 

Companion plants for Oriental Lilies

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 18:41

Mine mever flop ....they are chopped back every May 

Hostas starting to go over

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 18:32

No way way 

hostas form tight, dense growth.  Nothing, not even bulbs, can be planted on top of them.  Yes, hostas die down but they are still there! 

bad idea copperdog 

What am I doing wrong with penstemon cuttings?

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 16:49

They are Andy.  I think maybe you are misting them too much.  

Do you cover them...polythene, propagator ??  

I water when cuttings first inserted then leave them ....making sure they dont dry out completely 

Rosemary Growing

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 16:44

You don't want them drying out too much so I would use john innes number 1 mixed with perlite or grit.  Grit helps with the weight as rosemary can get big M Fent 

however, I would grow them on in bigger pots gh too...before planting out next spring


Posted: 28/09/2016 at 16:35

Just noticed its discovery...the forum is a bit all over the place technically right now..

discovery is ideal for espalier training 


Posted: 28/09/2016 at 16:09

Tie down to horizontal wires .....3 each side. Then allow leader grow vertically.....short cut way 

i would keep bottom 2 sidebranches growing at just less than 45 degrees and cut the leader to a bud above those branches.  Next summer lower the horizontals to wires.  The leader will comtinue to grow so look for 2 shoots to grow at 45 degrees to form the next tier of branches the following year.

an espalier is best formed one set of horizontals per year.  Summer pruning only thereafter on horizontal branches to,produce spurs.

(what variety though?  You cannot train tip bearers as espaliers....only spur bearers ) 

Last edited: 28 September 2016 16:10:27

slugs versus Dahlias

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 16:01

Ann, dig them up now to store now 

it's what the local National Dahlia Collection are doing too 

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