Category : General gardening topics

Growing hollyhocks, planting and care guide (Alcea rosea)

Growing hollyhocks, planting and care guide (Alcea rosea)

Growing hollyhocks is a wonderful goal as a gardener. If you treat them well you can get them to grow up to a very impressive 3 meters tall and tower

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How to propagate and grow hollyhocks from seed

How to propagate and grow hollyhocks from seed

One of the best ways to grow hollyhocks is to use the seeds that a successful plant already provides you or buy some quality seeds from a seed specialist. If

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Hollyhock diseases and how to treat them

Hollyhock diseases and how to treat them

Hollyhocks are grown for the vibrant flowers that appear on the top of the large flower stalks. As a herbaceous perennial it’s commonly grown as an annual, great for attracting

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Hollyhock rust and how to help prevent and treat it

Hollyhock rust and how to help prevent and treat it

Hollyhock is a fantasic plant especially for cottage gardens but unfortunately, it often has to combat hollyhock rust and they can quickly become overwhelmed with it. It can also be

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Propagating lupins by taking basal cuttings

Propagating lupins by taking basal cuttings

When you are growing lupines, most people use seeds to propagate but you can very successfully take basal cuttings as well. The advantage of using cuttings/division is that the resulting

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Treating  and preventing rust on plants such as roses, vegetables, perennials, shrubs and fruit

Treating and preventing rust on plants such as roses, vegetables, perennials, shrubs and fruit

Rust is one of the most common fungal diseases for any garden plant. Whether you have vegetables, fruit, grasses, herbaceous plants, trees, or shrubs, they are susceptible to rust, especially

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Why are my peonies not flowering

Why are my peonies not flowering

The peony is a beautiful and stunning garden plant but it is particularly finicky about the growing conditions it receives. It needs sun with a little bit of chill, it

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How and when to divide peonies

How and when to divide peonies

Peonies are the perfect plants for people who are busy because they don’t need a lot of attention and they live for many years with very little maintenance. However, there

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Why are my Peony leaves wilting and buds die before opening

Why are my Peony leaves wilting and buds die before opening

Peony wilt caused by Botrytis paeoniae If you have problems with your peony leaves, you’ve noticed they’re wilting and the buds are dying prior to opening onto the stunning flowers

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Growing poppies in pots and containers

Growing poppies in pots and containers

Even if you don’t have the space to accommodate a very large flower bed, you can still successfully grow poppies in pots and containers although we do prefer to grow

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