Con­tainer grow­ing

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The first time I was a guest on BBC TV’s Gar­den­ers’ World – this was long ago, when Ge­off Hamil­ton was still pre­sent­ing it – I showed how to plant a ‘Wake­hurst’ pieris in a large ter­ra­cotta pot, and what to plant with it. With sil­ver var­ie­gated ‘Glacier’ ivy trail­ing over the edge and clumps of blue grape hy­acinths emerg­ing in spring, my con­tainer looked good in all sea­sons. And it con­tin­ued to do so for years.

Us­ing a large con­tainer is the best way for those of us with limy soil to grow pieris as we can fill the pot with a lime-free com­post such as J. Arthur Bower’s Er­i­ca­ceous Com­post. If you choose a ter­ra­cotta pot, cut up an old com­post sack and use the plas­tic to line the pot. This will stop mois­ture evap­o­rat­ing through the sides. Once planted, wa­ter thor­oughly and reg­u­larly, and don’t for­get to add er­i­ca­ceous feed to the wa­ter.

Al­ka­line soil? Plant your pieris in a pot

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