I kept it indoors in it's slightly larger pot as the slugs round here
won't be got rid of.
I can put it outside, does it need to go in a bigger pot as I onl
pots in my garden?
Also why re the compost? I did it because I've had a lot of root
infections in plants and I thought it might be that that might be
affecting it. Also I changed the compost cos I always get flies i
And I wasn't finding advice anywhere else and it was starting to look
awful so thought maybe better drainage would suit it.
Pots are fine outside for a lot of plants but a Clematis does MUCH
better when planted in the ground. I have some that are over 20 year
old and they bloom their tails off every season. If you want to kee
in a pot make sure that you repot it every couple of seasons. The po
size depends on the root base. When the plant is root bound it need
A natural killer of slugs is stale beer. In areas where you see them
put a dish or cup (the yogurt cups work well) of beer in the cup. Pu
it out early in the day so that it is stale by the time it gets dark.
The slugs will climb into it and die. You will likely have to clea
cups and change the beer every few days so it is a good idea to use
small cups and not fill them all the way.
You can get rid of flies in your indoor plant's soil by using a small
amount (less than a capful) of dish washing soap mixed with about a
liter of water. It may take several weeks because there may be severa
generations of eggs in the soil.
As for compose, MOST of it is too rich for indoor plants. If you are
going to use it mix it at a ratio of 3:1 with a good potting product
(three parts of potting mix and one part compose).
Bill R. (Ohio Valley, U.S.A)
Gardening for over 40 years
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