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Plants arrived too early. Beds not ready yet!

Discussion in 'NEW Gardeners !' started by Fflur, Jul 5, 2018.

  1. Fflur

    Fflur Apprentice Gardener

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    We have moved all the rubble left behind by the builders and are making a raised deck at the bottom of the garden which will catch the evening sun.this will be surrounded on two sides by wide and deep 'raised beds or planting areas'. The platform is nearly finished but the beds are nowhere near ready, but full of uncomposted plant material and i dont know what else. I will strim the plant material, clear the pots and stuff and fill with bought in compost and tops soil, and the soil from and pond we havnt yet dug because we need to finish the deck and beds first!

    My question is what should I do with the c amandii and passion flower that evetually will go in the back area of the deck where my compost heap used to be? They are in their original pots in an enclosed courtyard at the moment, where I grow salad stuff. I heeled the roses in in the veg patch ad David Austin suggests, but the climbers might get tangled or damaged. I could plant them in bigger pots for while. I dont want them to go near the decking area until the work is finished in case they are damaged.
     
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    Loofah Well used member

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    Heel them in somewhere or just keep them in pots but all well watered. They should be OK.
     
  3. Verdun

    Verdun Passionate gardener

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    I pot on such plants Fflur; I have a couple coming next week and that is exactly what I will do. As loofah said, keep well watered whatever you decide to do with them.:)

    It depends when you intend to plant the climbers but I would pot on and cut back. You would usually cut back climbers when planted anyway. Come autumn you will have bushy plants ready to plant out.

    Armandii is an especially robust climber......I planted one a couple of years ago and it has flowered well and grown over 10' high and wide; it has smothered the wall. Cut back now and you will be amazed how much it will grow in the next 8 weeks or so:)
     

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