Q How can I perk up my lan­guish­ing lace­cap? SHIRLEY LONG, BRIS­TOL

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A Most er­i­ca­ceous com­posts are based on re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als that de­com­pose over time, of­ten pre­sent­ing prob­lems with drainage. Nor do they con­tain suf­fi­cient nu­tri­ents to sup­port long-term growth, which is why (judg­ing from the photo you sent) your hy­drangea looks starved. Next spring, add a con­trolle­drelease fer­tiliser to feed the plant all sum­mer, or ap­ply a liq­uid fer­tiliser ev­ery week from April to Septem­ber. Use an er­i­ca­ceous feed to keep the flow­ers blue.

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