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Poorly Hellebores?

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 20:33

Maybe 4thpanda.  One looks worse than the rest, doesn't it?  I would have them more in the open now too...the light levels now being less.  Hellebores will start to make growth in the new year.  (dont expect flowers though)

Poorly Hellebores?

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 20:10

Simply been over watered. ,those small plants can't cope with all that  watering and now the temp is dropping the sogginess is emphasised.  I'm sure those pots are quite heavy.

Cut back on the watering.  What made you think they needed to be watered so much?

Planting out lavender

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 16:38

Tea, just take them back.  Do you  have the original pots?  The barcodes will show you bought them there and they will refund your money.

Bit steep though Tea.....I could get a lot of plants for £24.  Lavenders are fairly cheap plants to buy.  Best to wait until spring now and buy small plants then.  they will grow very quickly.

Over winter Gazania

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 13:39

Well gazanias down here usually survive the winter so often become perennial plants. However, whenever I have dug them up to,overwinter in the GH, for,some reason, they usually die on me.  I suspect they dry out too much when they really want to keep growing.

I would sow take cuttings right now,though James.  Gritty...perlite....compost and take from top growth.  Take 3" or so from green but not turned woody shoots, remove soft tips and into poly bag

Planting out lavender

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 13:29

Best to keep lavendar seedlings fairly dry over winter.  However, they need not to dry out too much.  Watering when plants have dried out of their pots is nigh fatal.  

Certainly would not plant out young lavendar or any young plants out in the garden until the spring 

using chemical weed killer

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 13:25

Tom, it depends on what type of weedkiller you used.  If you used a,glyphosate based one it takes a cople of weeks to kill the roots.  Some weedkillers simply "kill" the top growth.  

In any case, when turning the soil always remove roots you see.  

Talkback: How to take lavender cuttings

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 13:15

Lavendar cuttings are,usually very easy.  Most of them root.  Took loads today for a friend.

Mpc with perlite.....50/50......cuttings about 3 or 4" lomg today, pinch off soft tips, water well and put in unheated propagator in the GH.   Threw some fleece over the propagator.  I will check on them again next week or so.  I would expect 80% to root.

I dont stick to a strict routine......for me at home I use a small pot with,polythene bag.....and it does vary a little according to season  and to type of season. (very hot, or humid or cool) as to what I actually do

Penstemon cuttings enjoy similar treatment, as do santolina, artemisia Powys castle, etc which were all done today too

Buddleja davidii

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 13:04

Best to buy named varieties of plants....then you know the exact colour, size etc

Years back I used to buy from Bakkers......the descriptions, vivid photos and names of their plants were such that you felt you were buying something very special indeed.  it still happens in the newspapers.  

I don't like these different colours on plants anyway.....e.g.Spiraea variety boasting red, pink and white flowers on the same bush. It is the worst of all worlds....


Posted: 12/09/2013 at 08:12

Good luck today Pentillie. 

Morning everybody


Posted: 12/09/2013 at 08:06

Stacey, can't see the problem.  You have arranged ...via topiary....for some light into your neighbour's garden.  If this suits you keep things as they are.  It sounds like you have considered your neighbour yet ??ou can't win!

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