The Star: June 22, 2017



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Thursday June 22 2017







In March last year I planted Escallonia Apple Blossom shrubs which are growing

nicely into a compact and pretty hedge. Recently we’ve been advised that due to the

quakes, our sewer pipes will have to be dug up and replaced. This means either

having the shrubs trampled or removing them. Can I uproot the shrubs and place them elsewhere, perhaps in

tubs while the repairs are carried out, and then replant them? They are just gaining strength and coming away

nicely and I’m reluctant to disturb their growth.

Today’s winning question came from Sue Barker. Congratulations!

Escallonia can be

ANSWER transplanted quite easily

compared to many other

shrubs. We would suggest cutting back any new

growth before transplanting, and carrying out the

process during the winter months. The plants can

either be placed in large containers or into your

veggie garden temporarily. Ensure plants are

kept moist throughout the process but do not

over water as this can rot young roots. With

this species, it is better to be a little drier than

over wet.

When you are ready to replant them back into their

original spot, add plenty of Daltons Compost

to give them the best start and add a layer of

mulch on top. After replanting, allow time for the

plants to settle (up to two weeks) before applying

a side dressing of Daltons Premium Tree &

Shrub Fertiliser in spring.

For more gardening advice, read

our How to Grow Fruit Trees guide at

Roses provide lush fl owers, delicious scents and add charm to any

garden. June and July are the best months to plant, relocate and prune

roses (once dormant). When choosing the perfect plant for your garden

or pots, choose from; Old Fashioned, Hybrid Tea, Floribunda, Shrub or

Climber varieties.



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We have a Daltons Premium Rose pack to give

away which includes everything you will need to

plant and grow healthy roses.

Valued at over $80, it contains:

• 2x Daltons Compost

• Daltons Premium Rose Fertiliser

• 2 x Daltons Premium Flower Bed Mix

• PLUS a pair of comfortable, versatile

Red Back gardening gloves from

Omni Products (

Email your question

and glove size to:

Entries must be received

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