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Re: Re: Re: Overgrown Golden Ellen.

from CD

Hi Elaine. Glad to help. Is long as you cut to a bit that still has buds or fresh growth it seems to be fine, though I'd be cautious if it was frosty. It will look a it rough for a bit but then thicken up nicely.

  • Posted: Sun. 2nd October 2016 10:53

Re: Overgrown Golden Ellen.

from CD

I'm late seeing this question, but for future ref, I live in SE Scotland and have had no trouble pruning my E. Gold Ellen at any time of year, though I am more restrained about it in winter only cutting back bits that are really getting in the way of the tight path. It seems very robust about being pruned once it has reached a good size.

  • Posted: Mon. 1st August 2016 10:57

Re: When to divide?

from CD

Thanks Kathy,
I do have it listed but I must not have been logged in when I checked because it didn't say, though usually I see the log in notice when I do that. Either that or it's been updated since I last checked. Either way I think I'll leave it for now and try to catch it early next spring, it will be a bigger clump by then so I'll get even more divisions. Love it loads.

  • Posted: Wed. 20th April 2011 18:00

When to divide?

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When is the best time to divide these? They are in leaf just now but not flowering yet. The leaves die back in summer. Can I divide now or should I wait until the leaves die back in July, or wait till Autumn?

  • Posted: Mon. 18th April 2011 11:55
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Wrong description or wrong height

from CD

Description says dwarf but height says 1.2m

  • Posted: Thu. 24th February 2011 10:37
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from CD

Lovely little flower which has a most surprising scent, it smells a bit like germoline. You need to get your nose right in to smell it.

  • Posted: Sun. 3rd October 2010 15:29

Re: Short lived coreopsis

from CD

I forgot to update in Spring. Sadly, after the severe winter with deep snow until April on the high ground here, we lost the lovely coreopsis.Almost inevitable given the amount of sleet and snow, it was all we could do to save the bigger shrubs which were squashed on their sides each night with the fresh fall. Anything smaller had to fend for itself. Will opt for 'Zagreb' next time as it has survived, though the ruby colour will be much missed.

  • Posted: Wed. 29th September 2010 08:54

Re: Powdry Mildew on amalanchier

from CD

I had the same problem with mine this year (an many others). I managed to prevent further leaves from mildew by spraying the leaves on both sides with a mix of water and 20% skimmed milk (full fat not good for plant). Apparently it should be done weekly to keep mildew at bay. I only did it once but was put of by the milky smell and the fact that it left a very slight white stain on each leaf (though not as bad as the mildew itself).

Despite only applying once it did seem to stop the spread and a week of windy weather and watering at the base probably helped get things back on track. In future I will try the less smelly version which uses a teaspoon of Bicarbonate of Soda in about a litre of water sprayed on.

Hope this helps.

  • Posted: Sat. 18th September 2010 22:43

Calibrachoa cuttings advice

from CD

Here is advice from http://en.allexperts.com/q/Annuals-706/2008/7/calibrachoa-1.htm

You'll need to get some rooting powder or gel at your local garden center or on-line before you take cuttings. You'll also need new potting soil.

Use clean potting soil or, even better, a seed starting mix - seed starting mix is high in vermiculite and is very fine in texture, but if you can't find it use a fresh potting soil that DOES NOT have fertilizer already mixed in. Get it as wet as you can and then fill small pots with the damp mix. Water it well and then use a chopstick or something similar to make a hole in the potting medium. (You need to get it wet first by spraying water on the soil and mixing it with your hand - if you fill the pots with dry mix and then try and water the water will run off the top and down the sides but won't get the inside of the mix wet.)

Pots can be between 2 and 4 inches across - if you are going to use used pots, wash them first and soak them in a one part bleach to nine parts water solution for an hour or two first - drain and dry then fill as above.

once your pots are filled and ready, take cuttings as follows:

Cut off a stem about four inches long and remove the leaves on the bottom half. If the stem has flowers on the end pinch them off. Dip the bottom part of the stem into a glass of water and then roll it in some of the rooting powder or gel that you've put in a small dish. cover the entire bottom two inches of the stem and then stick it into the hole you made in the potting soil. Push the soil around the stem and gently water the soil in the pot to settle it around the stem.

After you've potted up as many cuttings as you want, put the pots in a place where it is warm and light, but NOT in direct sun. Loosely drape a clear plastic bag over them - you could use single bags over each pot or a dry cleaners bag over a group - leave the sides loose so that air can circulate. Do not water while the plastic is over the pots, about a week o

  • Posted: Sat. 11th September 2010 08:34
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Re: Foliage colour

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I have the same problem, my plant was purple when I bought it but when it came up the next year it was a grey green like a normal sedum. I moved it to a sunnier spot but 4 years on it has never gone back to purple. I'm going to try splitting it and put the parts in several aspects and soils next year to see if anything makes a difference, will update here if I have any success.

  • Posted: Thu. 2nd September 2010 20:04