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Moving Eucomis

Posted: 29/10/2016 at 19:36


no problem at all in doing that. .....they are much more impressive in the ground esp where the purple/red leaves can associate with blue or yellow grasses or other foliage perennials.  It's exactly what I do.  Those huge bulbs do not need being precious over.  You may also be able to pull bulbs apart and plant separately....I now have several this way.

you can cut the leaves withoit harm or keep them on, it makes no difference.  the advantage of cutting off the leaves is that rotting leaves do not attract slugs etc. 

the best way is to pot up individually and put in the gh.  you can then plant them in spring exactly where you need them.  

When to move a deciduous ceanothus?

Posted: 29/10/2016 at 17:05

I can see why it is leaning ......but to move it would be fatal.  

However, it is irritating the life out of you, Isn't it Thankthecat?  I don't think I can dissuade you so you can move it anytime from now until spring.  Try for as much rootball as possible.  If you can get it up intact you have a chance. 

Good luck.  Let us know how you get on....I will be happy if you have success.

When to move a deciduous ceanothus?

Posted: 29/10/2016 at 16:15

Sorry Nut, we crossed there 

When to move a deciduous ceanothus?

Posted: 29/10/2016 at 16:03

Hiya Thankthecat,

you are right, ceanothus do not like being moved.  It sounds more than a year or two old two.

gloire de Versailles should be pruned every year....since it is "threatening to topple over" I suspect you have not pruned it??? 

So, don't move it. Prune it back instead in spring.  Try cuttings then too 


Posted: 29/10/2016 at 14:04

If Paniculata, best to prune half way to avoid flower head drop in summer.  Now or spring pruning is fine...I do mine now; one job less to do in the spring.

if mopheads or lacecaps then just as Dave suggested 

why can't i grow beetroot?

Posted: 29/10/2016 at 12:36

Beetroot dont really like being moved...they can simply sulk.  However worth trying.  

think it was good old Geoff Hamilton who referred to Beetroot being a maritime crop and thriving with seaweed.  Grows esp well on coastal for example.  delicious reliable crops every year......seaweed added of course 

the big advantage in growing in situ is the ease and convenience.  Once sown, esp monogerm varieties, that's it.  No modules, no gh space no transplanting.  think about that when time is so short and life is so hectic in the spring sowing season. 

as always folks, FEEDBACK is so important on a forum like this so let us know how you get on ...modules or open ground? 

Last edited: 29 October 2016 12:38:43


Posted: 29/10/2016 at 12:23

Oooooooooooooooooo, can I have that please Runny?  Could I have a corner?  The one on top left and the one bottom right? 

wallflowers blackcurrants and grapevine

Posted: 29/10/2016 at 08:44


if the grape is indeed "smallish" and you have no other option then yes dig it up and pot it.  If roots are big use a bin liner with a few holes in it and put compost and grape in that.  Roll down the top to make a sort of container and water.

blackcurrants?  yes dig it and pot or heel them in.  Cut back all too growth and remember to incorporate plenty of manure and compost when you finally plant them. 

wallflowers?  Bit late now for plugs to make a big impact but they will make growth again in early March.   (Bare root are available now and these are large plants) How big are your plugs?   Planting distance is reflected by their size.  If just a few inches then I would plant close together say about 6" ...15 cm. 


Posted: 29/10/2016 at 08:33


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Posted: 28/10/2016 at 20:59

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