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GARDENING QUESTIONS.

Byline: Carolyn Spray

The Beechgrove Garden's Carolyn Spray answers your questions

Q I HAVE had some lovely Polyanthus in my tubs this year. What do I do with them now so I can replant them next year?

A ONCE the flowers have faded lift the plants and shake a lot of the soil off the roots. If you want to increase the number of plants you can cut through the clump with a sharp knife to give many more. These should be planted in a shady, moist area if possible to grow on until ready for planting back in your tubs in the autumn. This gives you the opportunity to choose your favourite colours to increase. It is essential to start with a good variety and my favourite is Crescendo as it has many really bright colours on sturdy stems.

Q I HAVE a three-year-old Camellia which has never flowered. The leaves at the bottom are green but those on the top are yellow. Can you help?

A IT'S probable your Camellia has a trace element deficiency. Water with Sequestrine, which has the necessary trace elements. It is also a good idea to top dress with rose fertiliser now to provide all the plant food during the active growing season. Some varieties like Williamsii hybrids flower well here.

Q I GET confused by all the names of types of plants like, herbaceous, perennials and shrubs. Can you tell me the difference?

A THERE are three main groups of plants - annuals, which are sown, flower and die in the same year; perennials which live for many years and flower each year; and biennials, which are sown one year to flower the next. Herbaceous plants flower each year but die down to ground level then come up and flower each year so they are perennials as well as herbaceous. Shrubs are woody plants which live for many years and flower each year but don't die back and get bigger each year.

Q TWO years ago a friend gave me some pods of Impatiens Balsamina, which grew into lovely plants. Where can I get more seed or plants?

A IT flowers round the stem and is an attractive half-hardy plant best suited to a houseplant on a sunny windowsill. Seed can be had from Thompson and Morgan, Poplar Lane, Ipswich. Tel: 01473 688588 and should be sown now to flower later.

IF you have a gardening query, write to: Carolyn Spray, Seven Days Magazine, Sunday Mail, One Central Quay, Glasgow G3 8DA.
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:May 13, 2001
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