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When and which plants in pots to but in the greenhouse over winter...

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 08:10

I grow my camellias in pots FG, and they are in the lea of the house on the northern side, all year round. I give them lots of rainwater in late summer/autumn as they form their flower buds. They have come through the last 10 winters fine, here in the south, but it will depend where you live as you say, from your northern outpost..

Can you grow a tree in a pot?

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 08:03

I think you can grow trees in pots, and as Tootles says you have to care for them in a number of ways. Watering will wash out the compost gradually and the tree will become root bound just like any pot plant. Therefore you will need to  repot as it grows larger and larger. You will in all probability find it eventually starts to deteriorate and then the choice is yours as to whether to keep it or start again.

One problem is they do blow over in wind. Go for a square pot and use john Innes compost, not MPC. This will help.

If you want to grow eucalyptus, which in the wild is a forest tree, you have the option of cutting it back regularly and then you will get much more attractive foliage than the tree would have. But it is a bush when treated this way, and I wouldn't grow one as a tree in a pot.

In gardening I find that part of the fun is trying new things and not necessarily following accepted conventions. The tree has 2 chances. Go for it and good luck to you both.


Posted: 23/09/2014 at 07:48

Misty here which is a bit of a surprise.. Today a friend is taking me on a mystery tour, so will report later always assuming it is legal..Not much time for gardening, but may do a bit of tidying. One of my trees is shedding loads of leaves on my terrace.

When and which plants in pots to but in the greenhouse over winter...

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 07:41

Hi, I definitely wouldn't use valuable GH space for ultra hardy plants such as Rhodis, camellias and azaleas. I grow some of my dahlias in pots. and agapanthus with the thicker leaves ( evergreen). These definitely need protection. 


Posted: 22/09/2014 at 21:34

Now home after weekend long family wedding, which was great.

Have added some yellow rudbeckias, donated by friend, and have moved some verbena bonariensis from elsewhere in garden, to new grasses bed.... to give a smidgeon of colour. Also working on another border which is being encroached upon  by my woodland border. Some remedial pruning of ornamental shrubs, and clearing of undergrowth. Now starting to look better. Planting up as we go, including splitting a single red hot poker into about 8 plants. Penstemmon to follow. Gradually working through the whole garden, and determined to put it to bed this year.

Looking forward to my little house for my prairie, thanks to Gg.


Posted: 19/09/2014 at 18:58

Fg nice idea but Gg will have to build it from tiny pallets


Posted: 19/09/2014 at 12:47

"Woody's Little Prairie".........


Posted: 19/09/2014 at 10:03

Hi, Fg, I love the way the roundabout is looking and now it is raining it is looking very happy. I haven't rated grasses before but I am a convert now. 


Posted: 19/09/2014 at 09:21

Blimey Verd. Did you paint it the dark? Have you checked the colour now it is light?


Posted: 18/09/2014 at 09:22

Glad site was down... I thought it was me and that I would be severed from humanity, well the best part of it anyway, for good. I don't know about losing Scotland, just think if this site disappeared forever. . Double jeopardy.

SGL can I have your leaves for my stump bed please, so much better than mulch of bark.

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