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Moving a Camelia...when's best and what to do

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 14:36

So, jetmorgan, is there a better spot in the garden?  

If not a large pot will be fine.  I dont think your camellia will be too difficult at all to lift.  It doesnt look too big.  ....3' across you said.

you should get a decent size rootball...dig all way around it then under and a nice rootball should come out.  It will be compact so easy to replant or pot.

I would go for a large pot 2.5 feet across.  Get ericaceous john centres do stock it.  Water well. the most important thing when planting is to avoid early morning sun;  early morning sun will damage any flowers hit by frost by rapidly thawing them.  


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 12:57

Much the same here...warm though and glimpses of the sun 

Moved helenium....I know, should be moved in spring but I wanted to see how it would be.....and prepared part of the veg plot for bare root wallflowers to grow on for a few weeks.

Moving a Camelia...when's best and what to do

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 12:51

Before you pot it jetmorgan,

what attention do you give it?  Do you water it?  Camellias will not flower if they dry out during August.  Do you feed it?  Do you mulch it?  

The leaves look nice and green so soil there suits it.  

you bought ericaceous compost......was it ordinary mpc or a john innes type?  if you intend to pot it up you will need ericaceous compost, yes (well, it is better to use ericaceous) but ericaceous john innes, a soil based product.

where is your camellia planted?  Does it get sun?  Is it very shady there?  EARLY  morning is not good.  Mine are in full sun but in good soil and flower well so full sun if watered well.

i would be inclined to mulch and feed it ......???    If it still struggles you can still pot it but it will be much happier in the soil, grow much bigger and flower much better 

Sambucas in Trouble

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 12:36

Two things occurred to me Padraigh

is it dry there?  Have you watered it?  

Verticillium Wilt my experience elders and cotinus are susceptible in hot humid conditions, at least that's what I concluded recently for cotinus and a few years back on Sutherland Gold.  

all you can do is cut it hard back to the ground.  When you do have a look to see if the stems are healthy too    I would feed well in spring and mulch and hope it recovers then 

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 10:27

Language frank 

Best soil for Bamboos in containers?

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 08:53

john, saving a few bob is short changing yourself here!!!! 

John innes...yes fhe way to go.  It is a long term planting, a one off, so best to get it right from the start.  

You can make your own using sieved garden soil and adding balanced fertiliser, sand, grit and compost but what a palaver 

I would be inclined to line the metal tanks or at least grow plants to shield them from hot sun.  I can see plants baking in them during the summer.  .??

Any guidance?

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 08:39

Hiya Natalie

pot up all the bulbs.  You can plant them out but putting in pots means you can then plant them exactly where you want them when, or before, they flower. 

Leave the seeds umtil spring

don't be tempted by everything you see though Natalie........every description is a "must have" but always best to know what you are getting.  Muscari, for example, is an aggressive little beauty.  It can quickly over run a garden.  For me it is a weed I am constantly removing 

Last nights GW

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 08:32

Not purple ice dahlia ...monty's was more white.  I have a feeling he will tell us next week.  

dahlias are growing on me...a little.  Can be so "loud"  though.  I have several here, hopefully more subtle than some are but I did yield to 4 plants at the National Dahlia collection yesterday.  It is only 20 minutes away and sale was on.  Slightly root-bound so loosened and potted on.  They will flower for another 4 weeks at least but they are really for next year now.  

might take some pictures later.....3 varieties are new to me and, I must confess, delightful.  


Posted: 18/09/2016 at 08:13

Christina, any buds at all?  

If not, leave them be;  echinaceas will flower next year.

echinaceas need to build up a good root system in order to flower well.  I remove flower buds on newly planted echinaceas and only allow them to flower after mid summer for this reason.

gerberas?  if the (new) hardy sort they often flower late...into winter down here.  Still time 


Posted: 18/09/2016 at 06:38


cutting flower stems off now is a  bit too late to make a difference for this season.   it is important to remove flower stems as they go over, during the growing season to keep echinaceas flowering.  

Culturally, although echinaceas enjoy it drier and warmer than say rudbeckias,,they still benefit from a good drink now and then in summer.  Not now though.  

Down here flowers are still coming because the growing season is a long sign of them dying down just yet.

you can move them now aym..soil is warm and moist and you can better judge how they will look next   year too. 

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