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Entries from October 2011

How to prune Hydrangeas

October 21st, 2011 · No Comments

Pruning Hydrangeas – most species do not require regular pruning other than the removal of last seasons flower heads. Resist the temptation to do this until after the risk of Spring frosts has passed. Remove any dead, damaged or weak wood as found. The exceptions are; Hydrangea arborescens and H. paniculata, cut back last seasons […]

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Sweet peas from Seed

October 21st, 2011 · No Comments

Sweet peas from seed – Chit the seeds by nicking the seed coat with a knife or soak in water for 12hrs, this will speed germination. Sow in boxes or pans approx twice the size of the seed deep, in seed compost Sept or March, at temp of 16 degrees C (61 deg F). Pot […]

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Pruning overgrown Forsythia and Buddliea

October 21st, 2011 · No Comments

Cut down to approx 30cm from ground level in Feb/Mar, you can reduce the bulk of the plant now by approx 1/3rd along with any deadwood as found to ground level or live wood. If there are any retain able shoots of last years growth on the Forsythia, leave them intact to produce flower for […]

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