About Richard Jackson

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Richard, our gardening guru, inherited his love of plants from his grandfather. In his varied career he has set up and managed numerous garden centres, including the award-winning Camden Garden Centre: a self-financing, employment and training project for unemployed young people. Richard’s first TV appearance was on Going Live!, devising fun gardening ideas for children. His writing and broadcasting credits are many and varied, including, The Daily Telegraph, BBC’s Gardener’s World Magazine, BBC2’s How Does Your Garden Grow and of course QVC!

What’s your favourite…

Colour?
Rich purple

Film?
The Shawshank Redemption

Book?
Scoop by Evelyn Waugh

Do you have any children?
Three, Chris, Nick and Sarah

Do you have any pets?
A mad mongrel dog called Rosie – she looks like Gnasher in the Beano

What do you enjoy doing?
Gardening, barbecuing, watching rugby, photography

When are you most happy?
Gardening, relaxing with family and friends, swimming in an azure-blue, warm sea

What one thing can you not live without?
My family, optimism, plants and my Collins Plant Pests and Diseases book!

What’s the scariest thing you’ve ever done?
Being filmed in a zoo talking about plants, while a huge, hairy tarantula crawled up my bare arm.

What’s been your silliest moment at QVC?
Demonstrating a sprinkler and getting soaked. Working with Julian!.

Tell me 3 things you’d take with you to a desert island
A book: Dear Friend and Gardener by Christopher Lloyd and Beth Chatto. A guitar – I might eventually learn how to play it. A pack of Gardeners’ Delight tomato seed.

313 Comments

  1. Marie Fensom February 4, 2009 at 12:11 pm -  Reply

    I would really like to purchase the TSV but will be moving house in the next few months so would not want to plant them until I have moved. Can you please tell me how long you can keep a bare root, stored in a cool dry place, without potting it on.
    Many thanks

  2. Karen Nisbet February 10, 2009 at 10:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard can you tell me if you will be getting the japanese tree peony that you had as a todays special value last year I missed out then but would still love to have them hope to hear from you soon Karen

  3. clare nott February 18, 2009 at 11:36 pm -  Reply

    hi richard i purchased the tree peony last year and unfortunatly they came to nothing , no flowers didnt grow well at all , i put them in pots on the patio any ideas why they did not grow

  4. Valerie Cottam February 19, 2009 at 1:23 pm -  Reply

    I have 2 indoor Ficus & 1 Umbrella tree in large pots (successfully potted on into larger pots last year). All have been quite happy, but are now dropping leaves daily. In fact, the Ficus ‘Tineke’ has lost all its leaves & looks to have died, & the Umbrella tree is reduced to a stalk with a ‘ball’ of foliage at the top. The Ficus ‘Golden King’ has new growth, but has dropped leaves mainly down one side. There used to be the occasional leaf drop, but nothing like this. The plants are in the same room they have always been in. The Ficus ‘Golden King’ & Umbrella tree are about 2 years old. Any advice as to the cause, or what to do would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.

  5. a.f.madden@Queens-Belfast.AC.UK February 23, 2009 at 9:58 am -  Reply

    Hello Richard
    My mum has an evergreen hedge around the house which has been there more than 33 yrs. The problem is in certain areas at the front and side there appears to be a die back just brown bark. At one point could put this down to the Ivy but this was isolated to one part while the rest was possibly due to the roots being moved when a car basically went into the hedge. I was just wondering if you have any tips regarding care and feeding hegdes and the best times to do this.
    Many thanks Angelina

  6. Sue, Luton February 24, 2009 at 12:43 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard
    Can you let me know whether you will be featuring the climbing petunias again this year? We had such a fabulous display last year. I have asked the Customer Service team but have received no reponse.
    Thanks so much. We have nearly all QVC plants – wonderful!

  7. Colin Murphy March 3, 2009 at 2:07 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard
    Just purchased strawberries and blueberries,in the past they have been demolished by vine weevils when grown in pots,any suggestions,as soil treatments like Provado say do not use where fruits are tobe eaten.
    Regards Colin

  8. Huw Griffith March 8, 2009 at 9:16 am -  Reply

    Many years ago I purchased “Flower Towers” from QVC. These were great products and have lasted until now. Is there any chance of getting thse back in stock?

  9. Sharon Samuels March 9, 2009 at 9:42 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard
    I brought a Amaryllis bulb with glass vase from you at xmas. It has been lovely, I have had two flower heads. Which have just started to die back. Is there anything I can do so I keep the bulb for next year?
    Thanks Sharon

  10. Claire Long March 12, 2009 at 12:48 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard, My mother really likes a flower she often see’s in florists and has often expressed an interest in growing this in her garden, but we have been unable to find it. Its a Chrysanthemum called “Kermit” – easy to remember as its a Green Flower. Can you help please?
    In addition everybody adored the Sunpatient Busy Lizzies purchased from QVC last year. Real showstoppers in the garden and we couldn’t stop them from flowering…they went right through to Oct and beyond. Our order for another set has been placed this year.

  11. mary molloy March 12, 2009 at 3:42 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard
    Just received my Lady Boothby Climbing fuschias. However the instructions for planting that came with them did not relate to this particular variety.Can you please advise planting tips i.e. where to plant (sun/shade) we live on the outskirts of London, do we need to worry about frost with this variety?
    Many thanks
    Mary

  12. Pat Byrne March 14, 2009 at 10:52 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard
    I have several solar garden lights which after a few years the batteries seem to be going and I am having difficulty finding a store that stocks this type. Can you help?

  13. Patricia March 15, 2009 at 10:49 am -  Reply

    Hello Richard,
    I have just decided to tidy up my garden. I have a long and narrow border(width of about a foot and a half). Can you recommend some easy caring and lovely plants for me please? (PS i’m not good at gardening)
    Thank you.

  14. Dawn Campbell March 20, 2009 at 9:09 pm -  Reply

    Hey Richard
    Can you tell me why my spray and grow doesn’t turn amber unless I put bicarbonate of soda in it?
    Also can the tree lillies withstand strong winds.
    Thanks
    Dawn:)

  15. Charles Campbell March 21, 2009 at 3:26 pm -  Reply

    Please can you advise if you are going to feature any Pittosporum tenuifolium.

  16. Tony Scott March 22, 2009 at 6:01 pm -  Reply

    Hello Richard
    I brought last year Newbiscus Mauvelous Pink Hibiscus 2 Bare Roots from qvc and planted them in a 16″ pot one in each but they did not grow but this year I have repoted them and the roots are about 2′ long and the root system is good how can I kick start them growing.

  17. Brian March 22, 2009 at 11:10 pm -  Reply

    Richard I have just bought some trailing petunas would Like to know best way to grow them. Do you pinch them out when they have grown afew inches or do let them grow normal Your sincerly Brian.

  18. Collette Tate March 26, 2009 at 11:43 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard
    Last year I purchased a magnolia tree and two bare roots that flowered the size of dinner plates, I am not sure of the name of the latter. I have had no results at all. I gave one of the bare roots to my mum and she has had no joy either, the magnolia has not changed since I got it.
    Thanks Collette

  19. T.C.Jones March 29, 2009 at 4:19 pm -  Reply

    Hi, Richard! Few months ago I bought a “5 in 1″ tool. Used it for the 1st. time today.WOW!! It is fantastic & made the weeding & turning soil so much easier. Bulb planter not very good though, as it’s hard to remove the plug once you’ve got it up. Great stuff though!
    Terry Jones

  20. Lillian Thomson April 1, 2009 at 8:30 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard
    I recently brought the tree lillies from the show the problem is that the operator started talking just as you were telling us how to plant them as I am totally deaf in one ear I couldn’t catch what you said, as the phone aws to my good ear as I call it, anyway I watched for the rest of the show hoping you’d repeat what you were saying but alas you didn’t.
    What I need to know is how deep to plant, when and were.
    I look forward to hearing from you
    Lillian

  21. coral fairbrother April 1, 2009 at 6:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard
    I have just received my Dove Plant seeds. I have planted these in Orchid compost. Can you tell me please, do I cover these with cling film and put them in a dark warm place like the airing cupboard or do I just leave the pot on a windowsill

  22. CHRISTINE April 2, 2009 at 9:26 am -  Reply

    RICHARD
    CAN I GROW LILY OF THE VALLEY and SPIDER LILIES.
    MY DAUGHTER IS GETTING MARRIED AUGUST 22 AND WOULD LIKE BOTH IN HER BOUQUET and also for the GIRLS. PLEASE CON YOU LET ME KNOW IF THEY ARE POISONOUS?
    THANKING YOU CHRISTINE

  23. Stewart Kennedy April 4, 2009 at 9:43 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard,
    I recently received 40 plug plants from Hilliers (Mimulus Maximus) item number 558590, but unfortunately they did not include any instructions.
    These were purchased on my behalf by my other half and therefore I did not see your presentation.
    Any advice you have on there preferred location, height spread etc. would be gratefully appreciated.
    Be gentle, I am a novice gardner
    Kindest regards,
    Stewart.

  24. Helen Clark April 12, 2009 at 10:18 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard
    I purchaes some wedding day fuschia and petunia in early March this year I followed the instructions carefully in repotting them and in regard to watering and feeding. Unfortunately despite my best efforts these plants have died. The other plants I bought such as begonias appear to be thriving. Can you please advise. Thank you.

  25. Lynn Orphanos April 20, 2009 at 6:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard,
    I purchased 12 Phlox Surphlox a while ago and planted them in 3″ pots.I’m keeping them in my conservatory.
    Unfortunately they have developed a white powdery dust on their leaves and after about a week of noticing this they appear to be dying.
    Can you recommend what to do?
    Thanks

  26. Janet Gormley April 20, 2009 at 8:53 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard,
    I purchased the pack of 14 Begonias (item 561229) in March. 10 are thriving and are now out on the window sill, but nothing at all has happened to the other 4. I have tried replanting in fresh compost but to no avail. Do you have any suggestions that I can try?
    Kind Regards
    Janet Gormley

  27. Winona Prins April 22, 2009 at 9:00 pm -  Reply

    Richard
    Could you tell me why daffodils allways grow with their hesds facing the same way, The Front??

  28. Chris Barraclough April 23, 2009 at 7:03 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard got my tsv Hibiscus soaked the roots planted in pots in John Innes and nothing is happening what is wrong Chris Barraclough

  29. Brenda Ankers April 25, 2009 at 2:43 pm -  Reply

    Hello Richard.
    This will be my 3 year with the honeysuckle,which I am growing in pots
    .
    They have Never Flowered,and have been fed not only with flower power and also Spray and grow.
    Can you help?

  30. Anne Meredith April 26, 2009 at 5:26 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard
    I purchased the rosebud Busy Lizzie and Geraniums which arrived during April. The geraniums are thriving but could you please help me with the busy lizzie this is the second year that they have died on me help

  31. bill davies April 27, 2009 at 4:37 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard
    please could you tell me were i am going wrong
    i have got some plants from you and they arrived in good health, i am doing what you tell us to do like potting on but they don’t seem to live for very long i am using your flower power but still no look can you help me please

  32. BILL April 27, 2009 at 7:56 pm -  Reply

    I purchased the trailing pansies are they meant to come up every year

  33. Chris April 30, 2009 at 3:34 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard. Any possibility of producing your Flower Power as a concentrated liquid feed which could be used with a spray attachment to the hose as well as a watering can?
    It would then be possible for me to feed all the garden plants without the heavy work involved when using a watering can!
    Looking forward to your reply

  34. jim wilkie April 30, 2009 at 6:05 pm -  Reply

    hi richard,could you please tell me the individual heights the super poppies grow to,or are they all the same.

  35. Julie Taylor May 4, 2009 at 3:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard,
    Last year I purchased the strawberry kit which I believe was a todays special value. I planted it up as per instructions and had quite a few strawberries considering it was the first year. Unfortunately this year there appears to be no sign of life in any of the plants. I am so disappointed and feel as though I have wasted my money. What could I have possibly done wrong for the plants to only live for one season?
    Julie Taylor
    Lincoln

  36. Lesley Alderson May 5, 2009 at 9:58 pm -  Reply

    Hello Richard,
    Could you please give some advice as to how I beat the birds to my cherries! If I pick them early they are rather small and not very good, if I leave them they are fabulous but I generally only get half a cherry.
    Many thanks
    Lesley Alderson
    Hainault Essex
    PS I am also anxiously watching the growth of blueberry plants I purchased last year. They are in flower, but will I beat the birds to the fruit!

  37. sue whitehead May 9, 2009 at 10:33 am -  Reply

    hi richard i have a wisteria that has flowerered for the first time this year .It has been in the garden about 5 years how do i continue to look after it?does it need a feed it only has 3 flowers on it .

  38. Judy Hemingway May 10, 2009 at 8:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi,
    I have purchased lots of your plants which are in Babylon Bowls and pots. My problem is that I have a pet bunny who, if not watched, makes a meal of the plants in my pots. Is the bunny spray that you have safe for deterring my bunny, even though it is for wild ones? Or do I have to resign myself to having all my lovely flowers up in the air!
    Thanks

  39. Veronica McCormack May 11, 2009 at 8:52 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard
    We bought the Newbiscus Collection from yourselves, did exactly what was on the instructions 2 have gone in the garden and 2 have gone into large pots. It said we would see something around May well it is 11th May and still nothing is showing not even any shoots. Do you think we need to wait a little longer or are they dead.

  40. Eileen Hobson May 13, 2009 at 6:37 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard,
    Today I received 10 tomato plants which you featured on QVC recently. The video on QVC says to plant them in 7-10 litre pots. Do they need to be planted individually, in 10 pots, or, could I put 3 plants in one 30 litre pot?
    I’m looking forward to eating my tomatoes!
    Best wishes,
    Eileen Hobson

  41. Christine Blake May 18, 2009 at 1:23 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard, could you please give me your expert opinion as to why my two Gardenia Kleim’s Hardy have had all their leaves eaten, they have been sprayed and fed regularly but nothing helps, they have been in pots for a year and have not grown at all, i hope you can help, thanks, Christine.

  42. JANE HARDY May 19, 2009 at 11:47 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard Use your flower power all the time bought many plants the only dissappointment I have had is the purple tulips not good . But as you have a dog called Rosie I guess it’s a bitch I need help, had a new lawn laid a few months ago already have lots of brown patches due to my 3 bitches urine have you any suggestions on how abolish these patches apart from banning the dogs from the lawn as the garden centres told me to do, but it’s their garden too. All the best for QVC garden at Chelsea Jane

  43. Debbie Cattell May 19, 2009 at 1:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard I have a Magnolia Bush which is getting to large for where it has been planted, what is the best time to move it and is there anything special I need to do.

  44. Mrs Isabella Campbell May 19, 2009 at 9:57 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard, I purchased the purple selection of tulips with the purple pots. I planted them as per instructions but I was so disapointed when only about half a dozen out of the two pots flowered. I would be interested to know what could have caused this.

  45. marion rogers May 25, 2009 at 8:36 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard,I have always had excellent service from qvc,I was wondering if you could give me some advice please.My husbands compost heap is infested with ants,theres not just a couple of hundred,there are billions of them,ordinary ants and flying ants especially when the weather is warm,the compost heap is practically walking on its own.what do I do,do I leave them or do I kill them and if so with what,thank you

  46. Karen Selby May 25, 2009 at 10:29 pm -  Reply

    I too purchased the Newbiscus Collection and planted all 4 plants during March inaccordance with the instructions in four different locations in my garden. To date nothing has appeared. The top of the exposed stem is visible.
    Will these still spring into life. I have read that they can be very slow but June is approaching fast and I am concerned. Obviously other people have queried this too.
    Your comments would be welcome.

  47. Christine Chetty May 26, 2009 at 3:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard
    I bought blueberries a few years ago and they have been great producing loads of fruit.This year they were coming along fine but all of a sudden one plant has died.I treated them both the same,feeding watering etc the other one seems fine.Please can you advise.

  48. Anne Dangerfield May 29, 2009 at 12:52 pm -  Reply

    Hello Richard
    I bought a Silver Birch Tree, which for the last 3 months has grown superbly. All of a sudden the leaves are starting to dry and wither. I water regularly. Can you give me any advice..Regards..Anne x

  49. Eileen Hughes June 2, 2009 at 10:38 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard,
    Can you please tell me if the tidal wave climbing petunias are perennials? I have planted them in containers and they look stunning.

  50. Pauline Hewitt June 2, 2009 at 5:39 pm -  Reply

    Dear Richard,
    I have 3 blueberry bushes I purchased from QVC almost 3 years ago. They start to show signs of fruiting and then nothing happens. I have them planted in erricaceous compost as directed. Have you any magical tips please?
    Many thanks,
    PJ

  51. Barbara Johnston June 6, 2009 at 7:42 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard
    My mum planted a rambler rose in the garden some 36years ago and then just left it to grow. It has happily survived and seemed to thrive for many years against the back fence. Unfortunately it now seems to be getting lost amongst the other growth and I’m not getting as many flowers as we used to and I’m afraid I might lose it. Can you please advise on how I might take cuttings to create new plants, and also what I can do to help the mother plant?
    Many thanks
    Barbara, Belfast

  52. Rosi Wallace June 6, 2009 at 11:54 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard
    I have been trying for two years now to purchase some Celmisia semicordata ( NewZealand Daisy ) and I am finding it impossible can you help? I would be ever so grateful

  53. denise lawrie June 7, 2009 at 5:34 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richsrd, I am a fairly new gardener and i bought the scadoxus fire lillies,but there were no instructions as to which way upo the bulkbs should be put in the soil – can you please confirm which way up the bulbs should be planted?

  54. alison June 7, 2009 at 9:48 pm -  Reply

    dear Richard
    Could you please tell me if you will be having any more roses on any of your shows as i missed them on your rhs show.
    thank you
    alison

  55. Selma Collins June 10, 2009 at 4:53 pm -  Reply

    Dear Richard,
    I brought the TSB strawberries and they are doing really well but how do i treat green fly on them?
    Please can you advise
    Many Thanks

  56. Maureen Coffey June 11, 2009 at 1:03 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard
    Like some other viewers, I purchased the TSV Newbiscus Collection. It is now the middle of June and there is no sign of any growth.
    What advice have you given to people regarding this problem?

  57. Miss Raksha Vashi June 11, 2009 at 9:08 am -  Reply

    Hello Richard,
    Over the last 2 years I have been buying the plants but I don’t seem to be very luck with them. Not sure what I am doing wrong.
    the honeysuckles I bought have not grown much and the leaves have a discolouration any idea what that might be? I gave palnt to my mum who live in London and a to my sis in Warrington and we all have the same problem?

  58. Carol Whittaker June 15, 2009 at 10:02 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard
    We bought a Robinia Frisia in September last year because it was a young tree and as we wanted to protect it from the frost as we live in the North of England we covered it with the proper protection bag, about 6 weeks ago we took the bag of and gave it a good feed but every time new shoots appear they die back in a couple of days.any suggestions would be helpful
    Kind Regards
    Carol Whittaker

  59. john mapley June 17, 2009 at 4:23 pm -  Reply

    is there an alternative to cutlass hedge growth regulator

  60. ian June 19, 2009 at 4:21 pm -  Reply

    bought plant from local flower show last year, labelled as flowering strawberry, smaller than strawberry- but with pink flowers, followed by small fruit- can you advise as what they are, are they edible, they spread as strawberries, with runners- seem totally hardt- looked online at wild straberries but the pictures show white flowers! thanks- ian

  61. anne jones-banton June 20, 2009 at 9:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard
    I have just planted some strawberries either foxes or cats has digged them up what can i do to prevent this from happening again? I am also overrun with slugs which are eating all the leaves. Slug pillets does not appear to be effective. Welcome any advice
    Thank you

  62. anne jones-banton June 20, 2009 at 9:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard
    I purchased paeonia sarah bernhard (pink) on the 25th May potted immediately as yet there are no shoots. How long will it take to show any shoots?

  63. doreen hewitt June 20, 2009 at 11:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard Ive bought 2 acer palmater trees ,one died after a heavy rainstorm last year [all the leaves fell off],i bought another and tre leaves have gone all brown and curly crispy looking ,they have been in ericacaeus compost well watered and fed with your products from qvc Please what is happening.

  64. Mrs Rosaline Swift June 21, 2009 at 10:19 pm -  Reply

    Dear Richard,
    Some time ago we purchased a large container of Plant Magic. When I have come to use it, the label has disintegrated and I cannot follow the instructions.
    Can you e-mail me the information I need, please?
    I intend to use it as a general fertiliser for flowers.
    Thank you for your help.
    Rosaline Swift

  65. Elsie June 22, 2009 at 8:50 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard
    I have a very steep banking in my garden which goes down to a stream.When the stream is in flood it is eroding the banking.I don’t want to plant willow because of the willow roots entering drainage pipes from a soakaway(a neighbours which passes through the banking) and blocking them.
    Any suggestions about what could resolve this problem would be much appreciated.
    Regards

  66. Alison McGregor June 22, 2009 at 11:49 am -  Reply

    I planted my Gloriosa Lillies when I received them in April I investigated today 22/6 and they are sitting in the pots just as I put them in where have I gone wrong?

  67. Lesley Clark June 25, 2009 at 4:23 pm -  Reply

    Dear Richard,
    I just thought I’d drop you a quick note to tell you how much I love your Garden Magic. I used it for the first time about 3 weeks ago and the change in the grass is amazing.
    I’m in love with a fairytale? No chance – I’m in love with Richard Jackson.
    Many thanks.
    Lesley Clark

  68. Margaret Eady June 29, 2009 at 6:11 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard, I purchased 4 giant hibiscus plants, which I started off in pots but are now in the ground. I am very dissapointed with them as one is now about a foot tall and spindally, another is only about 6 inches tall and the other two are no show at all. What have i done wrong? I would be greatful for your comments please.

  69. Gillie Pepper July 4, 2009 at 10:18 am -  Reply

    Dear Richard,
    I purchased the Slug Resistant Hostas, first lot arrived, planted up, two days later they were as airtex. Second lot arrived (full replacement) fabulous, planted up, a few days later they look exactly the same as the first batch. Bearing in mind they are labelled Slug Resistant Special Chelsea Hostas what is going wrong? Many thanks…Gillie P.

  70. Olive Gower July 4, 2009 at 12:09 pm -  Reply

    Morning Richard, We have just taken delivery of PHLO PANI, as three plug plants the Instructions do not seem to include this plant can you help with some tips

  71. June Rhodes July 8, 2009 at 10:32 pm -  Reply

    Richard can you please help, i have a friend who is haveing problems with her Victoria plum tree she has lots of fruit on but before they get big enough to ripen thay are falling of the tree also her Bramley apple tree is haveing the same problem this hassnt happend before she feeds them and makes sure there getting enough water even in dry weather she sprays the leaves, can you help,please,

  72. clive July 15, 2009 at 4:41 pm -  Reply

    HiRichard, I bought the giant lillies following your enthusiastic recomendation.They are performing as you said they would at least four foot tall with huge flowers.I shall send a photo of them when I work out how to send photos by email. Many thanks for your informative programmes. Clive.

  73. Mrs Tina Hibbert July 19, 2009 at 8:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard. Brought your irresitable strawberry plants earlier this year but am not sure what to do with them now they have stopped fruiting.Please advise.Thanks Tina in Nottinghm

  74. Sharon Parry July 22, 2009 at 4:47 pm -  Reply

    rd, i have a Japanese azalea in a large wooden pot but it has yet to flower, however in the pot i found two small plants which i assumed were wind blown weeds but when i dug them up they were peanuts, i presume the squirrels had dropped the shells in the pot. What shall i do with them now? Do i leave them in the same tub or repot them and place them in the greenhouse? Thank you for all the great advice on the shows, i hope you will be able to help me.
    Sharon Parry

  75. mrs valerie lenton August 4, 2009 at 2:12 am -  Reply

    hi Richard can you tell me a good weed killer have tried every bloomin one on the market and cant get rid of them for long i heard of a product that if used nothing will grow on the soil for years but i cant remember what it was called please help me and my weed ridden garden many thanks

  76. Shelagh Thomas August 5, 2009 at 5:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard
    What do i do with my Tree Lillies once they have flowered, do i leave them alone or cut them down?. In what way are they poisonous to cats, should i remove them from my pots as i have cats?

  77. KIrsty Hoyle August 5, 2009 at 8:26 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard,
    I have some great pictures of the TSV tree lillies that we bought from you this year. Can you let me know an email address where I could forward them to you?
    Best wishes,
    Kirsty Hoyle

  78. michele white August 8, 2009 at 1:08 pm -  Reply

    Hello Richard!!
    MY tree peonies have not flowered – also could you tell me how to care for a canary Island date palm??Given a s apresent !!!!!I have a 16 ” pot and compost so is there anything else i need to know ????
    michele (forest of Dean)

  79. Mrs Margaret Clucas August 17, 2009 at 4:25 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard ….. back in Feb I ordered the 4 large flowering Hibiscus, I put them in 4 very large garden pots with ordinary compost, all I have had is one come up, I am wondering what I have done wrong with the other three? I am so dissapointed. Any ideas would be much appricated
    Regards
    Margaret

  80. Mr J A Stather August 22, 2009 at 3:11 pm -  Reply

    1. I bought some very fragrant tuber-roses as a TSV several years ago. They flowered the 1st year but not since; any ideas?
    2. Last year I bought what I think were lillies with large yellow or red trumpet-like flowers that stood up on stalks. Again the 1st year (2008) they were fine but this year the stalks are all flopped and the trumpets are pointing down. No yellow flowers at all! Any ideas?
    3. Over the last 2 years I have lost a lot of my Victoria plums; they are going mouldy very quickly. Any ideas?

  81. Karen Brewin August 23, 2009 at 10:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard,
    My mother has suddenly decided that she wants to have an alpine rockery but she doesnt know what plants to use, can you suggest anything.
    Thank you for any help you can give.
    Karen Brewin

  82. Diana Daniels August 25, 2009 at 9:34 am -  Reply

    I bought Scaredy Cat plants when QVC were selling them in the Spring I think.
    They are quite big now buthave produced no flowers at all so far, and the cats are walking past them and not being scared at all.
    I am not impressed with this plant.
    Diana Daniels
    Taunton

  83. Maralyn Evans August 26, 2009 at 6:42 pm -  Reply

    Dear Richard,
    Please can you help? Some time ago I purchased from QVC two garden hoses. They are green flat channelled hoses which wind up onto a reel and do not kink. They are the ones which still water even when a car parks on them. My problem is that the watering nozzles for the ends are broken and I cannot buy any replacements which fit. Are these available from QVC ? If not my hoses are useless.
    Thank you,
    Maralyn

  84. Jane McCook August 27, 2009 at 12:50 pm -  Reply

    Dear Richard
    I purchased a chinese purple bell vine about 3-4years ago and it grew lovely in the Scottish climate I even managed to keep it going for almost 3 years. I have now moved back to England and have a small garden where I would love to grow it again for next summer. Will you have it back in stock again?
    Jane

  85. Dave Crompton September 1, 2009 at 10:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard
    Last year I purchased an apple tree and as suggested it was planted in a large container. It blossomed last year but heavy rain and wind over a couple of days reslted in the total loss of all the flowers- hence no apples.
    This year I have a reasonable crop of apples about twenty or so and most are in perfect condition. Despite this success I feel the tree is under stress. The leaves are curled and appear dry (despite daily watering once the fruits began to develop).
    I am clearing an area in a more shelted spot in the garden and I would like to replant the tree. When would be the best time to do this? Also how and when should I prune the tree?. (Unfortunately I have lost the leaflet that came with the tree)

  86. anne lavender September 6, 2009 at 3:12 pm -  Reply

    hi richard, i bought tomazing and tomarvolous this year for the first time with great success, alltrusses have produced well but i have had several that have split into two some that have split into tree and two that have spit into five over sixty toms on each truss fantastic.

  87. roya September 13, 2009 at 2:07 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard,
    Would you please let me know how should i water Pittosporum Tenuifoliums(golfball). I planted them last year & they were very beautiful, but their leaves are getting brown & burned. I have drip irrigation system.
    Thanks

  88. sue smith September 22, 2009 at 11:13 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard
    Wonder if you can give me some advice-bought 3 peonies last year-they are in pots and have flourished this year as far as foliage is concerned but not one flower.
    Is this due to anything I have done-they are in multi compost,in a sunny7 spot and not over or under watered
    I hope for better things next year but look forward to your comments
    Thanks Sue Smith

  89. ann odwyer September 23, 2009 at 4:24 pm -  Reply

    can i keep my sunpatiant indoors throught the winteror would they be alright outside in a cold frame i live on the i o w

  90. Beverley Palfrey September 27, 2009 at 8:34 am -  Reply

    Dear Richard,
    Please could you let me know what to do with my Tree Lillies now the flowers have died off.

  91. Gill Holder October 4, 2009 at 5:18 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard.
    We had a lawn laid this spring. Now although most of it looks nice, we have patches of moss that we can’t seem to get rid of whatever we use, and a few small bald patches. What would you suggest?

  92. Gloria Weeks October 10, 2009 at 7:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard
    Either last winter or the winter before I saw a seed plant propagator that included a light on QVC, could you tell me if this will be available again or if I could purchase it from another source.
    Thank you
    Gloria Weeks

  93. Roger Marling October 25, 2009 at 11:59 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard just taken down my apricot shades after the best show I have ever had, due to the use of Flower Power.What I have noticed is the corms are much bigger than previous seasons,could they be cut in half.
    Many Thanks

  94. Mr Roger Singfield December 13, 2009 at 5:03 am -  Reply

    Hello Richard
    I hope you can help me, I’ve a problem with a tree, I think its called a butterfly tree or bush. Its growing between 2 slabs of concrete very close to the front of my house (2ft from the bay). Can you tell me if there is a way of killing the growth without having to take up the concrete.
    Many thanks for all of the items you bring to QVC.
    Regards Roger S

  95. Miss S Claughton January 5, 2010 at 9:58 pm -  Reply

    I bought some tuber roses 2 years ago which have never flowered, I always get a lot of green leaves but nothing else. Is it due to the dismal two wet summers we have had or am I doing something wrong. I have fed them with your Flower Power but still nothing. I would like to try again this year…help!

  96. Marian Elliott January 9, 2010 at 11:07 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard . Last year I lost all of my blueberry plants that I recieved from QVC which I had for near 3 years. I re ordered last year but had too go on a waiting list. Please can you let me know if you will be getting them in agian and if you do will I have too reorder.Thanks for all you help. Marian

  97. Robert Nanson January 23, 2010 at 10:15 am -  Reply

    Hello Richard
    Could you please tell me ,when and how to cut back my fuchsias. thank you.

  98. Jill Rycroft February 1, 2010 at 3:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard – I have recently purchased Tropaeolum Speciosum from your programme and I understod you to say that they scramble well. I’m going to try to get them to run through black bamboo bush/trees I have to add colour. My question is the bamboo is not going black after nearly 5 years in the ground. I’ve only ever trimmed it so should I really cut it back to make it turn black? I bought it as bamboo noir. Please help.
    Jill

  99. Margaret Tobiin February 1, 2010 at 5:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard,
    I have bought the Tropaeolum Speciosum, and Thompson Mprgan have told us where to plant and what to do in Winter. But they dont tell us, how to plant i.e., depth,vertical, or horizontal !
    Thank you,
    Maggie

  100. BEV REDHEAD February 3, 2010 at 9:16 pm -  Reply

    HI RICHARD
    PURCHASED YOUR 5 MIXED ALSTROMERIAS BARE ROOTS LAST WEEK AND JUST RECENTLY PLANTED THEM ON,IN THE INSTRUCTION BOOKLET IT SAYS PLANT 8″ DOWN SO I DID(INTO LGE POT) BUT AFTER WATCHING YOUR PROGRAMME TODAY YOU HAVE SAID 1″. I,M VERY CONCERNED INCASE THEY DON’T GROW.I’M A VERY INEXPERIENCED GARDENER, AFTER BEING SPURRED ON BY YOUR SHOW LAST YEAR I DECIDED TO DO SOME GARDENING (CAN’T BELIEVE ITAFTER 16YRS OF HAVING AN EMPTY GARDEN)PURCHASED YOUR FLOWER POWER PRODUCTS( YES THEY DO WORK FOLKS) AND LAWN MAGIC AND JUST RECENTLY ORDERED QUITE A FEW OF YOUR FLOWERS CAN’T WAIT FOR SUMMER!
    CONCERNED NEW GARDENER DESPERATE FOR A REPLY

  101. Jimmy Andrewartha February 4, 2010 at 4:38 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard
    I have received my tree lilly dot bulbs today and was wondering if you could tell me how long I could keep them in the box before planting them.
    Many Thanks
    Jimmy

  102. Helen Liddell February 8, 2010 at 4:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard last year I planted the three Tree Peonies. Only one grew. It reached about 2 to 3 feet but only green leaves no flowers. The man who comes to tidy my garden was here toda and when I looked out I saw he had cut it down to about 7 inches . Are they supposed to be pruned like that ? I have lost the guide which came with them but I thought they should NOT be pruned.PLease help. I was really disapointed that the others failed completely. I see by the other comments I was not alone in this failure. Many thanks

  103. Margaret Vincent February 11, 2010 at 7:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard,We recieved your letter about our hanging baskets,my husband is the gardener, he used miracle grow once a week and westlands multi purpose, we bought the petunias from qvc with begoniasfor the other baskets, in all we had eleven baskets and seven tubs.
    Mrs.margaret Vincent

  104. John February 11, 2010 at 9:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi Rchard i am new to the chanell and watch your show when i can its very good and i enjoy what i see. How ever i hope that i can ask for your help as i am getting older and ill health is taken over i would like to bring my garden up to date and plant somthing that is easy to look after and come back every yearand lasts from spring to late autem winter can you help thanks john

  105. Mrs G . Smith February 12, 2010 at 4:18 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard
    I have had beautiful pinks for two years, but now they are getting too big and the stems are strawlke. Can i spliit the roots and re-grow.
    Thank you.
    Mrs G. Smith

  106. Gill Holbrook February 15, 2010 at 10:44 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard
    I purchased a Lady’s Slipper Orchid from QVC in May 2009.
    I am still waiting for signs of life. There have been no leaves so far and having queried this on the QVC customer service email have been told this is because it doesn’t flower until June. Is this the case? It looks pretty dead to me!!
    Yours Sincerely
    Gill Holbrook

  107. Mrs J Simpson February 17, 2010 at 2:20 am -  Reply

    I love flower power but as a disabled pensioner I have great difficulty watering my hanging baskets (I have 16) with a watering can, do you have any plans to bring out a hose end feed mixer? which would make life not only easier but less painful. Last year I had wonderful pots and beds but my baskets were only average. Buying enough Hi-lo’s is not an option.

  108. Rachel Hunter February 17, 2010 at 8:20 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard – love your shows – your enthusiasm really is infectious !!!
    I have bought lots of plants over the years – but some of them have been damaged by the strong winds we get so consistently in the highlands of Scotland – so my question is this – which plants are the best at coping with the blustery weather we get here so often?
    Hope you can help Richard and good luck for 2010

  109. Cass Roberts February 17, 2010 at 3:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard
    First of all a big “thank you” for some of the wonderful gardening produce and lovely plants you bring to QVC!
    A few weeks ago I bought 2 packs of begonias (TSV) and have followed the instructions by planting them on in 3″ pots and have put them in a cool room with plenty of light. I moistened the soil slightly with a bit of water but I am wondering how ofen I need to water them please.
    Many thanks for your help

  110. Sharon Stoneham February 17, 2010 at 7:36 pm -  Reply

    As you have just produced Flower Power in a s.5kg premium food tub, do you have plans for Root Booster to be available in a premium 1.5kg tub, in the near future?

  111. Avril Isaac February 20, 2010 at 10:46 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard
    I purchased your Flower Power TSV this week and I was wondering how best to use it on my apple, pears and peach trees which are all in pots.
    Many thanks
    Avril

  112. Ann Lane February 27, 2010 at 9:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard,
    I don’t have a garden but I do have a patio. I’ve bought the bizzie lizzie TSV to brighten it up this year. It would be fantastic if you could do a show with items, and hints, for people like me who don’t have a traditional garden but want to make the best of a small outside space. Easy care and “simple” is best for me … I have been known to manage to kill even cacti in the past BUT I am trying to aquire some green fingers!
    Many thanks, Ann

  113. BRENDA OCKWELL February 28, 2010 at 7:38 am -  Reply

    HI RICHARD CAN YOU PLEASE TELL ME IF YOU USE ERRICACEOUS COMPOST
    WITH CITRUS FRUIT TREES.
    THANK YOU BRENDA

  114. Terry Beasley March 6, 2010 at 2:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard, I’ve been trying to find the product you had on last year for borders. It conatined a plan and the plants needed to create a great border of plants and flowers. Can you tell me what it was called and if you are having it back on this year.
    Thanks

  115. Sally Davies March 20, 2010 at 10:28 am -  Reply

    Dear Richard
    I bought 3 tree peonies from QVC 2 years ago but unfortunately I have not had any flowers on them. They are planted in pots as recommended could you possibly tell me where I have gone wrong and why they aren’t flowering.
    Sally

  116. Roy Pickering March 20, 2010 at 12:03 pm -  Reply

    Good afternoon Richard
    We are having problems growing in one particular corner of the garden because next door have 30 foot tall conifers which is obviously taking all moisture and water.
    Can you please advise ?

  117. Stuart Bradley-Meech March 21, 2010 at 10:02 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard, We have a sloping rear garden (slopes away from the house, It is approximately 30′ long, and there is roughly a 4′ slope to the bottom, along the bottom we have a 6′ fence, and have a flower border 3′ deep just infront of the fence,
    Our idea is to put lavender at the front of the border, roses in the middle 3-4′ high, and honeysuckle/clematus at the back using the fence…
    This area has full sunshine from early morning to mid afternoon, could you tell us please if the above choices are suitable, and are there any specific varieties that would suit the landscape, we have a chalky/flint soil…
    We also like very fragrent plants….
    Kind Regards
    stuart and Sally

  118. Denise March 22, 2010 at 10:00 pm -  Reply

    Hello Richard
    Just love all you gardening advice. Unfortunately with the very harsh weather we had over the winter months, my beautiful tropical garden plants, ie cordylines etc have died with the frost. Can you tell me are these plants dead? Will they pick up in the Summer? Should I be able to feed them back to life or are they finished for good? Help Richard!!!

  119. Paula March 23, 2010 at 5:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard,
    I have just received 5 Polka Raspberry canes and wished to know whether if planting in pots should I separate them so they are in individual pots? I am very new to gardening and would appreciate your advice.
    Thank you.
    Paula

  120. Kate Beecroft March 24, 2010 at 10:29 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard,
    thanks you for the terrific garden shows and advice you give.I have been watching and waiting for the 84 Black velvet geraniums item number 558481 I live in Mid wales and the wet damp climate can really effect bedding geraniums.I have bought Black velvet from you for the last 3 years.I have been thro customer service and they say it is a stock item but they can’t tell me when its coming on.I will have to buy bedding plants soon but I really would like these as they are such good doers in my garden. Any chance of getting them again?
    Thanks again for a great show well done QVC.

  121. Sarah Donohoe March 24, 2010 at 5:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard,
    I wonder if you can help. My snowdrops have come up beautifully this year and my hyacinth are doing the same. However, all my daffodils, and, it looks like my tulips now, either in a pot or in the flower beds have are ‘blind’. I don’t tend to feed my plants just water them, and, with the bulbs, I tend to cut them back after they have finished flowering. The daffodils have been in their pots for sometime. Could it be that I don’t need to cut the bulbs back and put them in new soil for next year so that they get some feed?
    Kind regards

  122. Ron March 27, 2010 at 9:40 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard,
    Can you let me know when you will be introducing the tomazing and tomarvellous tomato plants this year?
    Last years crop were wonderful, the sweetest tomatos ever.
    Ron and Josie Horrobin

  123. Rose Dickinson April 3, 2010 at 8:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi richard please please please can you help me last year i was infested with red lilly leaf bettles attacked all of my lillys and there back again this year have you got any tips to get rid of these pests thanks alot rose

  124. Peter Francis April 3, 2010 at 11:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard, i’m a big fan of your shows and have become very fond of Lilies. I have several bulbs which i have purchased over 1-2 years from QVC. I have one question for you, a few days ago i was accidently snapped off approx 6 inches growth of one of my Lilly bulbs. What should i do with damaged buld ? Should i up lift it or leave it in the soil ?,the buld is approx 2 years old.

  125. helen cobb April 5, 2010 at 1:57 pm -  Reply

    hi love your show on qvc have bought loads
    will you be getting Laurentia Avant-Garde or Laurentia Blue Stars this year so pretty in baskets and great for the hummingbird moth
    helen from lands end

  126. Mrs Sheila Johnston April 6, 2010 at 9:39 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard
    I purchased the 3 clematis evergreen plants for £15.00 – your pick of the day a while back. Unfortunately I did not note down the name of them. Ref order number is: 563 600.
    they arrived in very good condition and are doing really well. look forward to them growing.
    gave my sister one as an Easter pressy. would love to know the name though.
    thanks.

  127. Helen Grant April 6, 2010 at 10:25 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard,
    I live in Aberdeenshire and pestered by rabbits. Solved some of the problem with buried netting but the front of the house is open. What shrubs can I plant thats not to big and also rabbit proof?

  128. margaret gilmartin April 6, 2010 at 2:41 pm -  Reply

    Hello Richard
    I am waiting on 5 young plants Becky Leucantheum which have already been 7days in the post plus 6 bare root plants Verbascum and Anchusa Loden.
    Even if they arrive looking alright is there any chance of long term survival after so long without water and particularly light

  129. Carol Lawrence April 7, 2010 at 12:02 pm -  Reply

    Hallo Richard,
    Can you help me please, I have a Camillia plant which i have had for a good 3 years, initially i put it in the garden, it produced buds but they did not flower, last year i transplnted it into a large tub, still only buds, so this week i bought some compost specially for camillia’s and transplated again, i have cut of some buds but left a few. will this plant now be dormant or can i expect new growth.
    Thankyou
    Carol Lawrence

  130. Sue Walker April 12, 2010 at 9:42 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard,
    I have lots of daffodils in my garden which come up every year but this year only the leaves have come up and no buds for the flowers. Do you think these bulbs need taking out or will they ever flower again. Your help would be much appreciated as I love my daffs. Poor things.
    Love your shows. Keep up the good work
    Kind regards, Sue Walker, Droylsden

  131. Ms Lynne Gallagher April 15, 2010 at 10:28 am -  Reply

    I wonder Richard who to get in touch with for a new invoative idea product i have for gardening, seen you regularly on QVC been with them for ten years, would prefer to use english company.
    Thanking u in anticipation.

  132. Mark Getlevog April 16, 2010 at 9:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard,
    I recently purchased from QVC your Charlies Angels Trailing Petunia (12 plug plants) and unfortunately cannot remember if these would be better suited for borders or hanging baskets? If borders would they flower every year or need replacing annually. If baskets how many would you recommend for a full flowering 14″ basket. Remembering that I will be using your premium power flower plant food.
    Many thanks
    Mark

  133. Claire Roberts April 17, 2010 at 11:04 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard,
    I have a gorgeous lemon tree, now with 11 lemons! Only 1 last year. But it’s managed to pick up scales (I put it out on the balcony for a few days last year. Half of the leaves and lemons are very very sticky. Can you suggest a friendly way of getting rid of the scales (friendly to the plant and my soon to be ripe lemons, not friendly to the scales!). I’ve looked online but opinions are conflicting. Many thanks!

  134. Andrew Couper April 24, 2010 at 6:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard
    On the anniversary show today you mentioned a remedy to ward off squirrels using chillies. Could you tell me what that is, they’re digging my plants up all the time.
    Thanks
    Andy

  135. Jacathome April 25, 2010 at 10:08 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard,
    I have purchased and been using your Flower Power, superb product, have had flowers in abundance on my evergreen clematis like never before. But could you advise me if this product is suitable for ericaceous plants as I have a large potted camelia that has been blighted with scale over the winter,and is covered in black soot and I shall be treating when the eggs have hatched, but would like to kick start it back to health.

  136. AnnH April 27, 2010 at 2:39 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard
    Is there any way to successfully propagate lavendar without having nursery conditions, I have attempted this several times and the cuttings always seem to damp off, where am I going wrong?

  137. Martin Goodwin May 8, 2010 at 9:13 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard,
    Could you please give me some advice on a problem area in my garden, i have a very heavy clay soil and it is prone to flooding, this is causing issues with water logging and limits the range of plants i can put in the garden, I have dug a test hole 2′ deep and the clay just seems to get thicker – orange soil anyone!
    Thank you, Martin

  138. lorraine mather May 11, 2010 at 9:51 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard i hope you can help me, do you know where i can get a tree named after my doughter in law she died 31 august 2009 age 30 i would like to think that she will live on in a name of a tree.many thants

  139. Sandra R. May 12, 2010 at 1:14 pm -  Reply

    I would like to buy an Electric Tiller or Rotavator but there are so many out there with different prices and specifications I am at a loss as to which one I should choose. I need something which is fairly light and wont conk out after a year or so. Something which would be suitable for clearing weeds in the Borders or preparing a flowerbed prior to planting. Richard is there any chance
    you could find one which would be suitable to sell on QVC?.
    Hope you can help. Thank you.

  140. Susan Kay Smurthwaite May 13, 2010 at 3:35 pm -  Reply

    Hello Richard
    I think my two acers, astibes and small established lilac tree have died !!! I am so disappointed because I have had them for years, and up until this morning they were fine, looking really good. We had a hard frost last night (Wednesday) and I was wondering if this could be the cause. What do I do ? Cut them back, or just hope that they recover. Any advice would be much appreciated. Thank you so much.

  141. Mrs Mary Bernice Barton May 14, 2010 at 10:59 am -  Reply

    Dear,Richard.
    2 years ago I brought 3 tree peonies Red,pink,and yellow.
    This year they have flowed all very nice but they are all pink.
    I have not put the wrong labels on as they where prelabeled simple red ,pink and yellow labels.
    Who do I complain to.
    hope your can help me
    Mary Bernice Barton

  142. debbie garwood May 18, 2010 at 6:27 am -  Reply

    hi richard ive bought the giant gerberas ive never planted flowers before but had to have these you mention about overwintering ? i havent a clue how to do this please could you explain this to me thanks deb x x x

  143. SHEILA May 26, 2010 at 6:34 pm -  Reply

    purchased the wallflowers last year some are tall and straight others are lying down what can i do. also what do you do with euphorbias after flowering do you cut the flower head off or cut the plants back [robia + fireglow?] thanks in advance for the help

  144. Mrs Margaret Roberts May 28, 2010 at 6:08 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard
    I bought the Magnolia-lucky flowers bare root plants at end of April 2010 but the pink one shows no sign of life. Both were planted in similar medium and location the white one is growing well and is in leaf. Is the pink variety slower growing than the white one? or do you think that I have a problem with my plant.

  145. e. parker June 2, 2010 at 8:11 am -  Reply

    dear richard i have grown some carrots called flyaway but they are so hard they have to be cooked forever which doesnt do much for the flavour what am i doing wrong?

  146. M.Donoghue June 12, 2010 at 12:15 pm -  Reply

    Hello Richard
    This is the second year of my peony trees and i have not had any blooms at all. Could you please tell me why this is.
    Thanks for any advice you can give me.
    M.D.

  147. Mr K Mason June 19, 2010 at 11:20 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard
    my black bamboo is about 4ft high and doing well but it has now sent out three cane like shoots which are about eight foot high do i let these grow on or cut them off at ground level hope you can help many thanks KM

  148. mrs carol bray June 20, 2010 at 8:26 pm -  Reply

    hiya,richard,I wonder if you could advise me,I have 2 apple trees in the garden and they have a problem with something called woolley aphid is there anything you could suggest to get rid of it,thankyou.

  149. Mr K Mason June 24, 2010 at 6:34 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard
    I have two black bambo plants which are fairly compact and about four to five feet high, now one has sent out five cane like shoots and they must be at least twevle foot or more long, as i would like to keep these plants to a more compact size would it be ok if i cut these canes off at ground level thank for any advise you can give me.
    K M

  150. gillian pearson June 26, 2010 at 7:34 pm -  Reply

    Richard please can you tell me if you will be featuring the Bouganvilla again this year. I bought one last year but sadly whilst I was away on holiday it perished.

  151. Anne M. July 1, 2010 at 10:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard,
    Just wondering what advice you may have for dealing with horsetail & creeping buttercup weeds. My garden is absolutely overrun with them & they are growing through all the plants so are difficult to treat. What would you recommend doing to get rid of them ? Thanks, Anne

  152. Mark Norton July 2, 2010 at 4:30 pm -  Reply

    Dear Richard
    I recently bought hibiscus newbiscus bareroots and planted them in 30cm pots with multi-purpose compost because I didn’t have any room in the ground. Its been 3 weeks now and nothing has come up. I been on other websites and people have the same problem.
    Have I done something wrong?, Does it take longer to come up? or am I just unlucky?

  153. Rose Barstow July 3, 2010 at 5:53 pm -  Reply

    Hello Richard,
    I was fortunate to purchase the fuchsia plant “Ernie” but I cannot remember whether it is hardy or bedding – would be very grateful if you could confirm for me.
    Many thanks
    Rose

  154. Stephen Goad July 4, 2010 at 8:01 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard,
    While I love your flower power plant food I would appreciate advice on how to make a concentrated form to enable spraying rather than having to make it up for use in a watering can. I have one of the 600ml spray diluter bottles that came with your 1 litre lawn magic and wish to use this bottle to spray garden.
    Many thanks,
    Stephen.

  155. mary jane macey July 9, 2010 at 3:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard Can you help. I have just returned fron Australia where I fell in love wiht A plant called ( I Hope I spelt it right) Frangie Pangie. can I get this plant in England. I have tried local garden centers but know one can help “can you” Thanks Jane Macey

  156. Jayne Mcbride July 11, 2010 at 10:47 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard. I’m devaststed. My Magna hose which i bought about 5 years ago has given up the ghost. Nothing to do with the hose itself. I left it outside all winter and it has sprung a leak which i cannot fix. My own fault. The hose was the best i have ever owned and i’m completely lost without it. Because my house is back to front (i have to have my outside tap at the front and my garden is at the back) the Magna was ideal cause i didn’t have to trail the whole thing through the house. I could just take the one half through the room to the tap, the other half stayed in the garden. What an amazing product! Unfortunatly, QVC has said they will not be selling it anymore. I have tried to contact the American manufacturers to no avail. Do you know if anyone in the UK stocks the Magna or a similar product? No other hose comes near to it for my needs! I would greatly appreciate any help you could give me on my problem. I watch you on QVC whenever you’re on it and really enjoy the way you present the show. I have great faith in the products you endorse and hope you will take time out to reply to this cry for help. Thanking you in anticipation. Jayne.

  157. Maureen Eldred July 12, 2010 at 4:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard
    This is the first year I have used your Flower Power and am really pleased with the results in my hanging baskets and tubs but wonder if there is a way of using it with a hose as I have difficulty lifting heavy watering cans now and have a large garden which is difficult to feed using a watering can.
    Maureen

  158. valerie butler July 16, 2010 at 3:05 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard
    I purchased in april 2 lots of the 3 varities sweet scented hybird tea roses bare root, soaked them and only 1 has taken the rest look dormant any suggestions that i can do have fed them but still no life

  159. Martin Davies July 16, 2010 at 9:41 pm -  Reply

    Richard, we bought an Apple tree from QVC about 3 years ago. First year number of decent fruits. Last year, large number of fruits set, but none grew larger than a walnut. This year plenty of fruits set, but still small, about size of a golf ball. We water regularly when dry weather, feed regularly with Flower Power. Moreover, two other Apple trees (Lord Derby and Fiesta) both carrying good crop of decent sized fruits. Any suggestions?

  160. Margaret Green July 17, 2010 at 10:55 am -  Reply

    Hello Richard,
    I purchased 9xBegonia Pink Wave 563 719 on 21/04/10, only one has started to grow. I have taken photos of the corms as they are now and the one which has grown. I contacted the customer care dept to see if they had more in stock, but the answer was no. I had wanted them for my hanging baskets. I have been given a refund, but I would have preferred to have had the begonias. Is it too late for them to grow, they don’t look withered, but they just won’t grow.
    Margaret.

  161. Sue Smith July 24, 2010 at 3:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard. I to like many of the other comments have purchased the 3 tree peonies (last year) I had one flower and several buds that died can you p-lease advise where I am going wrong they were planted exactly as the instructions said, I await your reply. Sue Smith

  162. Claire Robinson July 26, 2010 at 8:37 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard,
    My late husband was a police officer and was killed on duty and now I would really like to put a rose bush as part of his memorial tribute. The problem is that I want the rose bush to have blue roses. Can you tell me where I am likely to be able to get these, so far the blue roses I have been offered as part of flower displays are dyed. I am sure that I have heard that a blue rose had finally been developed,
    Thank You,
    Claire R

  163. Vera Kettle July 27, 2010 at 4:53 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard,
    The leaves on my Clematis, Strawberry, Malus Gala and Golden Delicious Apple trees are turning black and drying up.
    Please can you help. I do feed them with Flower
    thanks
    VK

  164. Diana Watson August 7, 2010 at 1:34 pm -  Reply

    Dear Richard
    I purchased the Thompson & Morgan Freesia ‘Crown Jewels’ from QVC a couple of months ago as you rated them so highly and specifically said on the tv programme that although freesias can be quite difficult to grow the Crown Jewels, supplied as small shoots, should pose no problem at all. Sadly I’m not having much luck with them, I still have a few that I planted on in pots, the tallest of them is probably only about 6” but I expected much quicker growth and more to have happened by now – particularly as they should be flowering during the summer. Some of them don’t look very healthy either. Please advise what I can do, they are particularly sentimental to me as freesias were my mother’s favourite flowers. I look forward to hearing from you.
    Kind regards
    Diana

  165. Ian and Glenda Eaton August 15, 2010 at 10:35 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard we have moved to Lincolnshire and the soil in our garden is very heavy clay can you help us to try to make it better or can you recommend anything that will break it down to decent soil. Many thanks Ian and Glenda Eaton

  166. ERNEST MORRIS August 15, 2010 at 6:11 pm -  Reply

    hi, I aquired a salix bush from my sister because she is moving house,it is in a pot.
    when i got it home i placed it on my patio and pruned it .
    it has grown lovely,but now all the foliage at the top has died and gone brown,but the bottom part is still thriving,could you offer any advice?

  167. Mrs Vera McAllister August 19, 2010 at 1:13 pm -  Reply

    I bought alstroemeria inca mixed in March of this year and planted them as instructed 8inches deep which I thought was awfully deep but I was due to go on holiday so followed the instructions and unfortunately did not mark exactly where I planted them but as of this date (19.08.10) there is still no sign of them growing do you think they will maybe appear next year??? or should I dig in the area I planted them and hope I find them?

  168. annemarie hall August 23, 2010 at 5:13 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard,im sending this comment to you for my mother.Last year on one of your gardening shows you demonstrated a piece that connects on to your hose so as to give more pressure to your hose.My mother got an outside tap put on to the side of her house,the tap is connected up to her sink in her downstairs toilet but this sink is not her mains connection,so when she puts her hose on to the tap there is no pressure at all from the hose.I would be most grateful if you could maybe let me know where i could go and get her one or maybe even qvc still have them in stock,although my mother would have seen it herself as she always watches your programmes because she loves gardening.Thanks

  169. Karen Whitfield September 5, 2010 at 11:20 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard I hope you can help I bought the giant gerbra earlier this year and out of 5 only 2 have flowers and buds the other 3 have more leaves than the 2 with flowers, should I be doing anything to help the ones with out flowers. I look forward to your answer. Regards Karen

  170. June Gilson September 15, 2010 at 9:52 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard
    I have just bought a large stone bowl on a small pedestal. It has a central drainage hole through the pedestal. I would be grateful for advice on drainage to ensure the hole does not get blocked, the type of compost to use and if I need to incorporate any perlite etc. I would also be grateful for planting advice to ensure year long interest and colour. The bowl is in the middle of a gravel garden at the front of the property.Thank you.

  171. June Gilson September 16, 2010 at 1:23 pm -  Reply

    HI Richard
    I have purchased a large stone bowl on a pedestal. It has one drainage hole, Could you advise me on drainage to stop hole blocking and also type of compost and if I need to incorporate perlite or similar. I would also be grateful for advice on planting to ensure year long colour and interest. The bowl is standing on gravel. Many thanks
    JG
    ps Flower Power should be called flower magic.

  172. Susan Inglis September 19, 2010 at 3:02 pm -  Reply

    Hello Richard, I love your programs on qvc, they are very informative. I bought 3 tree peonies last year but they have failed to come into flower and they leaves have gone patchy, what am I doing wrong? I have planted them in large containers as I only have a small patio garden, could this be the problem?

  173. Pauline September 23, 2010 at 4:21 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard
    I purchased 3 different varieties of Hibiscus plants (think might have been TSV) in Feb 09? I potted them up in correctly sized pots as recommended. They all grew but did not flower. Over wintered in the greenhouse (unheated) I hoped to see these ‘dinner plate’ sized blooms this year but to no avail!! I have kept watered & fed with Miracle Grow. They have each grown quite differently, one 5ft single stem; 1 4ft single stem and one around 18ins with 5 stems. Please would you be able to tell me what I must be doing wrong, as I think they were supposed to flower the year of purchase. Look forward to hearing from you.

  174. Pat Preston October 8, 2010 at 11:15 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard,I am writing to thank you for the Begonia corms which were given to us in May when we visited your show at the Botanical Gdns in Birmingham.They have been lovely,such a lot of blooms and still lasting.Would appreciate advice on over wintering.
    Please give our best wishes to Emma,she sat on our table at lunch and told us about her forthcoming happy event.
    Best Wishes to you all.

  175. Karen Hudson January 10, 2011 at 7:46 pm -  Reply

    Dear richard, i recently brought four magnolia bare root plant from qvc and two of then have done really well but the other two look like they have died. Please Help, i have brought many plants from qvc and i do love your tv show.

  176. LLorn Greaves February 14, 2011 at 3:00 pm -  Reply

    Dear Richard, I love your weekend program on QVC and can’t wait for it to start again this year. Two years ago I bought a flat hose and reel with auto rewind with a battery,from QVC unfortuatly the connector has broken and I can’t find a replacement, can you help me please. ( I love it by the way )

  177. Andy Lumley March 6, 2011 at 9:27 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard
    I purchased the giant peony a few weeks back, how long will they be ok before I need to plant them. We are changing the flow of the garden and not sure where they will be going,
    Many thanks
    Andy

  178. Lin Codrai March 6, 2011 at 10:38 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard
    I brought some tomatoes 2 years ago from qvc and they were great, last year did differnet ones and they were just not up to the standard of the ones i had brought from qvc.
    When will tomatoes be on QVC i really do not want to miss them this year
    Tomato Tomarvellous and Tomato Tomazing
    Many thanks
    LC

  179. gail March 16, 2011 at 9:33 pm -  Reply

    hi richard
    my daughter is getting married 2nd july this year and i want to do my front garden in the themed colours which is crimson and ivory roses i know i cant do my whole garden with roses so i am looking for help in finding any crimson and ivory flowers i can put in our L shaped at the side and thin strip on the left have emptied the beds ready but now at a loss.
    can you help
    gail

  180. violet smith March 25, 2011 at 11:16 am -  Reply

    HI RICHARD..PLEASE CAN YOU HELP MY DAUGHTER WITH HER GARDEN..SHE IS DISABLED, AND HAS JUST MOVED INTO A DISABLE FLAT WITH A GARDEN, SHE WAS SO HAPPY TO HAVE HER FIRST GARDEN.WHEN SHE SAW THE GARDEN IT LOOKED OK, THAT IS UNTILL WE STARTED TO SORT IT OUT..SHE HAS DUG UP LOADS OF RUBBISH THAT HAS BEEN BURIED, LOTS OF OLD ROTTEN WOOD,STONES, AND BRICKS..BUT THE MAIN THING THAT IS UPSETTING HER IS THE IVY THAT IS GROWING ALL OVER THE GARDEN.SHE WOULD LIKE TO GROW A LAWN AND HAVE A SMALL PATIO..PLEASE CAN YOU GIVE US SOME ADVICE ON WHAT TO DO..THANK YOU..

  181. Helene Tugan March 25, 2011 at 9:55 pm -  Reply

    Hello Richard, could you please advise on plants for shady dry area that will give a good show all summer. Thank You Helene.
    Also would like to say bought you garden feed,,,,,,it works a wonder plants i thought had died now have nice green shoots ,one happy gardener Thank You.

  182. donna March 27, 2011 at 3:44 pm -  Reply

    hi richard,
    dont know if you received my message the other day as its not showing up on here.last year I bought hardy delta sarah and army nurse fushias(i think the names are correct).they came away lovely although the delta sarah were not the colour advertised.anyway,they all now look like big twigs .is that normal?please help asap
    kind regards,
    donna lathan

  183. kathleen.richardson March 31, 2011 at 4:54 pm -  Reply

    hi richardson i followed your advise on how to save trailing begonia for this year i followed your instructions to the letter and early on this year i put the corns into trays with a little soil and they are all shooting up and looking healthy But what do i do next? do i pot them on individually into medium pots to grow on or do i plant into baskets and wait untill frost has gone also how deep do i plant

  184. R Ashworth March 31, 2011 at 8:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard,
    Will you be bringing the ‘Euphorbia Frosted Flame’ plant to your QVC Garedening programme in the near future?

  185. James Geddes April 1, 2011 at 10:12 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard
    First time I have been disappointed ordering your stuff. I bought the lawn edger. Ok for cutting turf about 1 inch depth (as it appears on TV), but trying to edge my lawn (4 inches) it is pretty hopeless – the blade only goes down so far. I didn’t send it back as it was ok for giving me a straight line and a bit of a beginning edge, but I ended up using my old curved edger (the one which is mocked on TV) to get more depth. I buy flower power and plants from you – all good – but don’t recommend your edger.

  186. mrs wallace April 3, 2011 at 10:37 am -  Reply

    Dear Richard
    while watching your programe today and it was mentioned that someone else had bought lots of plants does that mean you are letting outside people buying the plannts to sell as traders themself. Iv noticed that the plants go quicker than normal just lately.
    Mrs Wallace

  187. Ani April 5, 2011 at 6:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard
    I really need some advice, i have NEVER planted or grown flowers before however this year is the year to start.
    Can you please advise me which blubs or seeds i should use, really want the basic easy care, which i can plant stright away
    ps i would be greatful for item number of your recommendation.
    Regards
    Ani

  188. Elvisrocksme April 6, 2011 at 7:51 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard,
    I got the tidalwave petunias last year which were great. Will you be getting them in again this year. I have been checking daily since mid febuary but there has not been any as yet.
    Linda

  189. Peter Shearer April 6, 2011 at 11:00 pm -  Reply

    Dear Richard
    I recently mist the special on ground cover lilies due to a spell in hospital,could you tell me if you are likely to be showing them again in the near future?
    Many thanks Peter.

  190. gardener julie April 7, 2011 at 7:14 pm -  Reply

    hello just ordered the lucky flowers magnolia tree but ive just seen how high they grow will i be able to plant it about 3feet from the house or do they grow smaller in tubs and confined spaces many thanks.

  191. Julia McMillian April 9, 2011 at 4:18 pm -  Reply

    Dear Richard,
    I will shortly be moving to a home with my first garden. could you let me know the suppliers of the beautiful summer house that is shown on the Garden web page please? Will QVC be selling these again? I have coveting that one for the longest while.
    Many thanks

  192. marion April 12, 2011 at 7:54 pm -  Reply

    what did you call the product that you mix with water for hanging baskets so the soil holds on to the moisture to make less watering thank you for your time

  193. Sandra Harper April 14, 2011 at 10:57 am -  Reply

    Hello Richard
    Please can you advise on what I may be doing wrong, I purchased your Flower Power and hose end feeder kit, I followed the instructions on mixing the Flower Power, but when I water the garden with the hose and feeder attached the flower power does not go down in the bottle, I have checked the pipe is in the top correct but still it does not mix with the water/feed.
    Thank you
    Sandra

  194. mark fenton April 14, 2011 at 11:36 am -  Reply

    hi richard ive got your lawn magic and the flower power i have just purchesed the flower power and i got the spray bottle with the deal but the question is can i use the bottle that i got with flower power with the lawn magic or do i have to buy the lawn magic again to get the proper bottle.

  195. Mrs Pauline Guy April 17, 2011 at 1:24 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard,
    I have bought some of your Flower Power and would like to know if it will be safe as we let our tortoise out on the patio if I use it on the plants out there. I have am dying to see what it will do with the flowers out there.
    Many Thanks

  196. louise cassidy April 19, 2011 at 4:37 pm -  Reply

    hello Richard
    i have a pot plant problem – no name and no idea of caring for it.
    my daughter bought me a small plant for mothers day but she threw away the tag showing the name of the plant – i was hoping for an area where i could provide a photograph of the plant for yout to see so that you may be able to tell me what plant it is – the leaves appear to be thick and waxy – a little begonia like and it has small clumps of little white flowers that have a slight pink tinge on the edges

  197. Angela McGeechan April 22, 2011 at 4:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard,
    I have had my wisteria tree for 4-5yrs, it is planted in a sunny spot and it still hasn`t flowered and I was wondering if you had any suggestiions on how to encourage it to flower.
    Regards
    Angela

  198. Betty Owen April 25, 2011 at 12:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard,
    Please could you give me some advice on the tree peony’s
    which are now on their 4th season, they are quite big plants with lots of leaves and they withstood last winter’s weather very well but as yet I have had no flowers or any sign of any they are fed regularly with Flower Power and after watching them on sale again this weekend it seems they should start flowering in the 2nd season. Please tell me what I am doing wrong.

  199. ron Leadbeater April 26, 2011 at 4:39 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard
    Alstromeria
    You have told us when picking Alstromerias to pull the stem out of the ground rather than cutting to give longer vase life which is what I have always done but as soon as I get indoors out come the scissors to cut them to length so I am wondering why we do as you suggest and not just cut them in situ.There is probably a good reason for this so could you explain please.
    Thank you for all your valuable help and advice over the years and hope to look forward to more of your on screen enthusiasm.

  200. Mary Hitchcock April 28, 2011 at 10:53 am -  Reply

    Hi
    Please could you help me I purchased 250 Sparaxis bulbs from you they were all comming up then I was finding the new shoots just lying there on the ground and a hole by the side of them it is happening to them all they are spread around the garden .It is driving me potty any idea what it is causing this it is only these bulbs .What can I do
    thank you
    Mary

  201. Tom Plumpton May 2, 2011 at 3:41 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard,
    I’ve noticed that roses are very rarely – if ever – featured on QVC. Is there any reason for this?
    I realise that they are regarded by many as old-fashioned, but they remain my favourite garden plants, and appear in many varieties of colour and growth habit. They are also one of the most hardy of plants, once established.
    Could it be possible for roses to appear on QVC in the future?

  202. william leahy May 3, 2011 at 8:31 pm -  Reply

    hi richard, i have ordered lawn magic. i had bare patches on lawn but the new grass has just started to show can i use lawn magic on the patches of new grass with the rest of the lawn. thank you
    william.

  203. Lorraine Ewing May 5, 2011 at 10:49 am -  Reply

    We have 2 real Christmas trees in pots, we would like to keep them but don’t know how to look after them. They are about 3 feet tall each.

  204. Mari Gray May 5, 2011 at 4:18 pm -  Reply

    Can you tell me the name of Richard Jacksons book about tips for the garden the one that tells you how to keep squirrels out of the garden and how to get rid of ants on the patio

  205. Elizabeth Barbara Smith May 6, 2011 at 11:04 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard
    I enjoy your programmes as they are so informative. I’ve grown plants that I didn’t think it was possible to do as I’m not very green fingered.
    My problem is that I bought a goji bush about three years ago it is very healthy but still hasn’t produced a flower or berry what have I done wrong?
    Look forward to your reply and watching your programmes
    Best regards
    Barbara Smith

  206. william May 7, 2011 at 4:51 pm -  Reply

    hi richard, can jacksons lawn magic be used on new grass one week old?

  207. william May 7, 2011 at 5:00 pm -  Reply

    can richard jacksons lawn magic be used on new grass one week old without harming it?

  208. Diana May 8, 2011 at 12:14 pm -  Reply

    Hello Richard
    My wisteria has always been beautiful however this year although buds have formed none have flowered and some branches appear to be dead with no leaves. Should I cut off branches with no leaves?
    Many thanks
    Diana

  209. Mark Green May 12, 2011 at 7:30 am -  Reply

    Hello Richard
    I have a Photinia (Red Robin) that is quite old and woody and now regularly loses it’s leaves and appears to have put on very little new growth this year at all and is looking rather sparse.
    It is around 8 feet tall and wide and growing on quite heavy clay soil.
    Should I prune drastically, should I start aerating around the trunk or would a regime of feeding help at all..
    Hope that you can provide some inspiration.
    Thanks – Mark Green.

  210. Paul IRVING May 13, 2011 at 6:42 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard,
    Can you give my some advice? I’m not a green fingered person, nevertheless this year is my first time I’m trying to grow fruit trees in a container. I purchased a bare root Haroc Nectarine which I planted about 3 weeks ago in a 50 litre pot with blood, fish & bone, I’ve got leaves on the stem but no sign of any flowers yet how long will it take before it starts to flower and will I get any fruit off it this year.
    I’ve also planted bare root Stella cherry, Victoria plum, conference pear and braeburn apple about a week ago in 30 litre pots with blood fish & bone the cherry, plum, pear all have leaves but I haven’t got a leave on my apple tree. What have I done wrong?
    many thanks
    L.P.

  211. Karen Howden May 15, 2011 at 10:11 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard
    I have a 3 year old peach tree last year it fruited beautifully but the window cleaner helped himself. He said they were lovely. This year I have a problem. There is tiny fruits in abundance but there is a problem on the leaves. The leaves are scrunched up and there is a sort of growth on them. It has attacked about a quarter of the leaves. Please can you advise me what to do and does this affect other fruits as I have apples, pears, cherries, plums, nectarine, raspberries and more. Thank you for all the tips and help and items.
    You make my day when you and Julian are on as I am housebound a lot of the time and look so forward to your bantering
    Karen

  212. Elizabeth Calderwood May 19, 2011 at 11:56 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard,
    I buy a lot of flowers off of QVC and i never usually have any bother with them.
    However i bought the scented peonys and only one of the three has taken root. I fed them your flower feed formula and watered them so i am unsure how they never sprouted. I even thought i had put them in upside down but nothing is showing at all.
    Could you please give me some advice?

  213. Alfred Westmore May 20, 2011 at 6:21 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard
    Can you please tell me if QVC will be selling Black Bamboos this year.
    Thanks Fred.

  214. roland. May 22, 2011 at 11:04 am -  Reply

    HI Richard,
    have just watched show SUN 9pm 22/05/2011,on the video showing the CAPE DAISY (365 369) in the back ground were some ground cover/low growing plant/plants with small pink/orange flowers could you tell me where i can get them and there name.??.
    manny thanks R.G.

  215. Annette Mingay May 22, 2011 at 11:55 am -  Reply

    Hello Richard,
    I was wondering if Flower Power would be a good thing to use on my Wisteria. I moved to this house in late October last year, and have recently realized that I have a Wisteria as when I moved in to the house it was greenery only, and I thought the leaf formation was familiar to me, so remarked to friends that I thought I had a Wisteria which I’ve always wanted. In recent days I have confirmed this with the arrival of deep lilac flowers, though not in abundance, but it’s fairly large so I guess it’s been here for a while.
    I wish to encourage more flowering.
    Annette
    from Scotland.

  216. roland gill May 24, 2011 at 9:31 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard,
    I received my order of 8 Alstromeria (564 883) on the 11/5/11 planted them as instructed,but as yet no sign of life.Have i done something wrong,or am i expecting signs too soon??
    Regards R.G.

  217. Christina McCallum May 24, 2011 at 8:03 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard, earlier this year we bought 42 primrose husky plants (which were a substitute for the giant primrose fuelo plants ordered). Two thirds of the plants have flowered, but the others have no flowers, though plenty of foliage. We used Flower Power to feed the plants. Can you advise us of why some have no flowers, please?

  218. Penny Wagner May 27, 2011 at 10:55 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard
    I bought the Victoria plum tree last year and it has grown wonderfully, can i expect to get any plums this year as it is in full leaf but no sign of any flowers yet. According to the books it can take 3-4 years to get any fruit.
    Thanks
    Penny

  219. Carol Hill May 28, 2011 at 2:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard, my Husband uses Lawn Magic and loves it, he ordered some more at the begining of the month, and was told he would be on a wait list, he is very anxious to get it as his lawn is waiting for its next dosing how long will it be before he gets it

  220. chris June 4, 2011 at 1:00 pm -  Reply

    Dear Richard, i love your gardening program and buy alot of plants but can you do more fruit and veg as i am trying to grow my own produce i find seeds very difficult to grow to a final product so would appreciate some plug plants and the good advise you always give.Keep up the good work.

  221. ian June 4, 2011 at 3:26 pm -  Reply

    Richard
    I have the super poppies and want to grow the seeds from the flowered plant what do i ned to do to achive this?

  222. Irene June 6, 2011 at 4:49 pm -  Reply

    I bought a Wollemi Pine about, I believe, 2-years ago and am rather concerned that the green leaves are now turning black. What is causing this and what can be done to stop this happening further?

  223. Mfarrow June 12, 2011 at 9:55 am -  Reply

    hi richard this year i have grown my asparagus from seed in pots can i plant them out in to my allotment this year and how far apart should they be apart . any advice would be welcome many thanks mark.

  224. sue irvine June 17, 2011 at 6:14 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard
    Thank you for a wonderful day in Birmingham and to QVC of course.
    At the venue I asked when the yellow flat hoses sold last year were coming back in stock.Your buyer said in 4 weeks but still no sign,Can you remind him urgently needed
    Are we still going to get a summer?
    Kind regards
    Sue Irvine

  225. gaynor June 19, 2011 at 6:38 am -  Reply

    hi richard can you please tell me when your big tub of flower power will be back in stock as i ordered it in april and said it wont be available till the end of may and it still says awaiting stock?

  226. GEMMA CUTTER June 26, 2011 at 9:13 pm -  Reply

    HI RICHARD MY NAME IS GEMMA AND I WAS WONDERING IF YOU WILL BE BRINGING BACK THE FLOWER POWER WITH THE HOSE ATTACMENT AGAIN IF NOT CAN YOU RECOMMEND ONE PLEASE ALSO WHAT IS THE NAME OF THE FLOWER THAT SMELLS OF CHERRY PIE. THANKS

  227. Barbara Watkinson June 27, 2011 at 9:50 pm -  Reply

    Richard can you help please, I have misplaced the planting instructions for the recently purchased Calla Lillies. I have been on the T & M website from where they were delived direct but there is no help. Thanks in anticipation. May I just add, the best thing about purchasing plants etc., from QVC is that you know when they will be delivered and no money is taken until item has been despatched.
    In April I placed an order (and paid) with a well known plant company, the plants should be have been delivered in May but didn’t arrive until June. It’s WVC for all my plants from now on.

  228. Paula June 28, 2011 at 9:39 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard, I was looking at some advice on how to take a cutting from my beautiful lavender plant in my garden as when I planted it by my front door it was a tiny little thing and now yrs later its so large that at this time of yr people can harldy get in the door. So im looking to grow more of them, not to keep people out but so that I can maybe grow more and relocate them around my garden and try and move the one I already have. Do I need a rooting solution or is there something else I can use?

  229. Maureen Dixon July 4, 2011 at 1:34 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard, I have purchased many plants from QVC but would like to know why my Lillies i purchased last year come in to bud but do not flower i feed them with your product so what can i do ? I have lots of buds on at the moment

  230. Carol Anson July 9, 2011 at 11:01 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard Ive just bought a new house and the garden is very spongey when i walk on it and my feet get very wet. Im wondering if i have moss under the grass. Can you suggest what to do to get rid of it please. Many thanks Carol Anson

  231. Kim Mann July 11, 2011 at 12:55 pm -  Reply

    Dear Richard
    I recently purchased 2 Cascade Fountains. I assembled one of them and placed my solar panel in direct sunlight. However when the water cascades from the top jug to the two small bowls and then into the bigger bowl, water tends to miss the first small bowl and just goes everywhere. This also happens when the water goes from the first small bowl to the second small bowl. I consider this is because the smaller bowls do not have a big enough diamater to catch all the water and therefore the water is running freely between the top jug and first bowl and the first bowl to the second bowl. I am disppointed that I cannot use the fountain other than as an ornament. I cannot return the item as I no longer have the packaging.

  232. dawn smallman July 13, 2011 at 11:19 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard. I purchased the first collection of your carpet lilys earlier this year and they have flowered a treat. My question is, some of them have grown 3/4ft tall instead of the 12″ or so described. Is there anything I can do to curb the size of these for next year or should I just move them to a border/tub? Many thanks for your help

  233. Sheila 26/04/2011 15.37pm July 15, 2011 at 10:40 am -  Reply

    Hello Richard
    I just would like to say that i look forward to watching you on tv, but i would like to know if i can move my lillie tree bulbs when they have fnished flowering and place them to a better part of the garden as the sun makes them lean to far forward and a few of them have snaped because of that i do surport them but i find that not easy if i can move them that would be good.
    I look forward to your reply
    Sheila x

  234. Jerry Harrison August 4, 2011 at 12:26 pm -  Reply

    Hy Richard,
    Having used all my bags of flower power I have finally got round to using your flower power supplied with the sprayer. The 1st time I used it after about 15 minutes the bottle content had only gone down about 1/4 inch. I left the mixture for a few hours and tried again; this time the whole bottle would empty after about 10 minutes continuous use, as expected. I have since tried various methods of vigourously shaking the mixture to using warm water but find that the best result is after leaving mixed overnight but am wondering if this is detrimental to the flower power?? I don’t think this batch dissolves easily!!

  235. Angela Thompson August 6, 2011 at 7:13 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard, I bought a miniture? magnolia from QVC a few weeks ago, sadly it is being eaten. There are no signs of slug trails or insects. The spine of the leaf is left behind. Please can you help? thank you
    Angela

  236. Mr John Swainston August 9, 2011 at 2:57 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard, This year i purchased a Boskoop Glory grape vine
    which is growing very well with three good bunches of grapes,
    do i feed the vine and can i use your own feed?.
    Thank you John Swainston

  237. Mrs L Davies August 11, 2011 at 10:47 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard
    I bought product 559019 dianthus tropic butterfly plugs. please could you tell me if i have to pot them on or can i put them straight in the garden.
    many thanks Lily

  238. Mrs B Shepherd August 15, 2011 at 8:58 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard. I purchased your wallflower collection in April 2011. They have had so many flowers and are absolutely beautiful. My concern now is how do I get them through the winter. Do I remove dead flowers, cut them back, or leave them.
    Many thanks
    Barbara

  239. Mr.Roland Gill. August 23, 2011 at 12:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard,
    could you please recommend for an amateur,books for pruning/grafting also for types of plants and bushes trees etc that you can take cuttings from and best ways of growing them on.
    many thanks. R.G.G.
    P.S.
    where can i find the answers you give to other peoples questions??

  240. Patricia Johnson August 24, 2011 at 1:58 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard I am new to gardening having one for the first time in my life at 69yrs of age. I bought flower power for some pots that were not doing too well and was absolutely thrilled at the result, so I had no hesitation in buying Freesia bulbs. I love this flower and decided to pot and also plant some. I did exactly what you told on tv, good quality compost, a feed once a week. Have to tell you both myself and my sister have lots of wonderful green leaves but no flowers and no sign of any flowers….just leaves. Can you tell me what has gone wrong, and should I just keep hoping the eventually a flower will appear. I can’t even tell where the flowers will come from and all I can see is new leaves forming. It’s been about maybe 10-12 weeks since I planted.

  241. ann brown August 26, 2011 at 10:22 am -  Reply

    hi richard i am looking for a lantana desert sunset tree it has bright orange and yellow flowers do you have any idea where i can get one pleeeeease
    ann

  242. Julian August 29, 2011 at 7:40 pm -  Reply

    Hello Richard,
    I have two of the lamps with planters, however the batteries on both need to be changed now. And I seem to have mislaid the instructions. Can you help?
    Many thanks for your help and advice.
    Julian

  243. Pamela September 3, 2011 at 11:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard,
    I purchased some spring bulbs from QVC which grew to about 6 inches and had a waxy appearance on the petals. Pink in colour. I would like to buy some more but, unfortunately cannot remember what they were called – please can you help??
    Many thanks
    Pam

  244. John Taylor September 19, 2011 at 7:56 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard,
    Can you please give advice regarding a new laid lawn. The lawn has been growing well and was lush green in colour. Over the past few weeks, the lawn has become very patchy with strange dark patches and some of the grass has gone straw like. The lawn continues to be well watered. Growth has been limited to the areas that remain green. Your Lawn Magic has been used.
    Please advise.
    Thank you.
    John Taylor

  245. Roy McCarthy November 26, 2011 at 2:22 pm -  Reply

    Afternoon Richard; I’m hopping that you can give me some advice regarding my ‘Lingholm’ (Himalayan Blue Poppy)
    The leafs are covered in black spots and are dyeing off.
    Can you tell me what I’m doing wrong thank you Roy

  246. Janna Hicks January 9, 2012 at 1:55 pm -  Reply

    Hello Richard
    I purchased Helleborus plants Item no. 561706 last year in June and only a few leaves have grown but no sign of any flowers whatsoever. I don’t suppose you would be able to tell me why as I was sooooo looking forward to this Winter colour and am really disappointed. I plantd them into pots. Did I do something wrong or could it be because we had a mild Winter this year?
    Many thanks for your help.

  247. Kathryn Braithwaite January 23, 2012 at 5:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard,
    About 10 years ago you sold some solar carriage lanterns with amber lights, they were gorgeous and made a change from the usual white and blue lights. To top it all – about half of them are still working!Amber lights seem popular in the USA but really hard to get over here -whats the chance of QVC being able to source some again please?

  248. Mr Joe Lawlor January 27, 2012 at 4:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard,
    last year i purchased a Hydrangea avant gard . the single flower is now dead. What do I do? Do i prune it and if so by how much? There is a small side shoot with what appears to a bloom appearing but never came to anything, please help!

  249. george young February 19, 2012 at 12:45 pm -  Reply

    hi richard, are youi having any trailing petunias. we had some last year they were green trimmed with dark pink,thankyou.

  250. Joyce Milne February 25, 2012 at 8:10 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard,
    I have purchased from QVC the Ceridiphyllum Japonicum (Toffee Tree). On your programme last week commencing 20th February 2012 you said that this tree needed to be put into ericaceous
    soil but the instructions that came from Thompson & Morgan with the tree for planting stated that the trees should be planted in multi-purpose compost incorporating lots of well-rotted garden compost in the planting hole.
    Can you tell me which is the correct way to plant this tree.
    Joyce

  251. bryan cross February 25, 2012 at 10:30 pm -  Reply

    hi richard can you please help me i lost my two dahlia clarion plants last year i watch all your shows and thought you may be able to help me, as i have tried the internet and all our local garden centres with no luck why nobody stocks these tubers i do not know as they are so lovely hope you can help thank you

  252. victor smith March 8, 2012 at 8:49 am -  Reply

    Hi,Richard,I know that mint will take over the garden if i,m not careful but what is the best way to take a cutting.Vic smith.

  253. SHIRLEY REYNOLDS March 11, 2012 at 9:24 am -  Reply

    hello Richard.
    I bought your ROYAL WILLIAM ROSE last year. it had masses of blooms.
    When should i prune it? it has grown to 4ft with lots of green leaves on it at this time. I saw in the garden centre that they are selling roses now already cut short. Is it still too early to prune the ones in my garden. As i hate cutting off all the wonderful growth. your advice would be welcome.
    best regards
    Shirley

  254. Lisa skedd March 20, 2012 at 3:57 pm -  Reply

    Sorry to bother you Mr jackson,but we have a pear tree which is 4 years old and has fruit growing on it ,but it is realy small and you just can not eat it! the tree looks realy healthy .Can you advise me what to do? |Thank you
    Lisa.

  255. Pearl Back April 1, 2012 at 9:45 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard
    I am using your lawn feed (2nd time yesterday) – but I still have alot of moss in the garden, my yellow grass is getting greener so I am very happy, can you advise if I need to use a moss killer as well, or does the lawn feed have something in it to deal with the moss, please advise.
    Also I just wanted to say I bought the freesha’s you had as a one time only last July/August? I planted them immediately they arrived, but did not get the results I expected, in October I was about to write and ask what I had done wrong, all I had was lovely glossy leaves – then it all changed, I had the most beautiful flowers right the way through to January when they got hit by the frost, all over Christmas I had lovely cut flowers around the house, they were beautiful.
    Many thanks Peal

  256. Angela Syme April 9, 2012 at 9:35 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard,
    I’m quite a novice gardener but very keen unfortunatley I’m a bit like Pippa where I usually end up killing more plants than I successfully grow, but this year I have bought your flower power and started feeding the plants a few weeks ago and must admit they look better than I have seen them before at this point, usually they are on their way out, but can you tell me do I still feed them when it’s been raining as it seems a bit unusual to be watering them after it’s rained.

  257. Derek Christison April 10, 2012 at 6:44 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard,I have a lawn that is more yellow than green.the previous owner said that he had tried different green up solutions but to no avail. I hope you can help me with this problem as it is the front lawn and it does not give the house great kerb appeal
    Cheers Derek

  258. Ian April 12, 2012 at 1:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard,
    Avid viewer – have a suggestion which Id like you to consider.
    I live in a flat. I have a balcony and Ive bought a number of bulbs and plants from QVC, as well as the Bulrush compost and your Flower Power and Container Magic [this week].
    Not everyone has a garden, so if you could consider a show dedicated to the balcony or indoor gardener I think you’d be on to a winner.
    Things like space saving planters and pots – the choice and style of pots on the high street aren’t great; Ive seen a space saving stacking system which is just perfect for a balcony
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Patio-Balcony-Mini-Garden-White/dp/B004UMS1GY/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC?ie=UTF8&coliid=I1IEI1CJWRRE6X&colid=1WQXR2C4QZSCV
    Im sure something like this would be snapped up by so many others.
    Also ideas for balcony friendly plants [even though Ive bought many from QVC I don’t always need 8 of the same as I don’t have space!]; dwarf trees; plants that don’t need a greenhouse to start them off; starter kits; there is an untapped market for people who don’t have a huge amount of space but want to grow stuff…and Im not just talking about a herb garden for a kitchen window.
    Anyway, thanks for listening – hopefully see some more balcony and indoor friendly products soon… in the meantime keep up the good work and LOOKATTHATROOTSYSTEM!!!!

  259. Jean Johns April 13, 2012 at 9:43 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard, last year i bought some begonions and pinks which i had a lovely display, but i dont know whether to leave them in their pots to flower this year or have they finished , can you advise. thanks

  260. Ken Brackenbury April 18, 2012 at 10:54 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard,
    Using your flower power which I find very good but I am going away for a couple of weeks and a friend who is looking after my garden wnts me to make up some feed for him, the reason I ask what is the life of it once made up.
    Thank you KGB

  261. Sylvia Clarke April 18, 2012 at 11:09 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard we love your flower power, but we have a big garden and watering it by can takes a long time, can we use flower power in a hose end feeder, and if yes how much to put in. Many Thanks Sylvia

  262. veronica miller April 19, 2012 at 9:21 pm -  Reply

    Dear Richard,
    for many yrs I purchased most of my plants through Thompson and Morgan, sadly the last few yrs I found the quality didn’t live up to expectations, I have just received the tsv Geraniums, what do I find just 4plants in one container packet glad to say 5plants were in the other, really do feel I am very unlucky with their plants yet have terrific success with the purchasing and growing of other gardening firms.
    Great disapointment but will fill my baskets with other plants as well.

  263. Judith Douthwaite April 21, 2012 at 4:20 pm -  Reply

    hi richard,my back garden collects a lot of water at the bottom.It is partly paved and where the water collects it has pebbles.what do you suggest. yours kindly Judith D.JMDOUTHWAITE

  264. John Smith April 25, 2012 at 12:11 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard, Would appreciate your advice regarding the benefits, or otherwise, of using Root Booster, Flower Power and or Plant Food to help with some small conifers which are struggling in the present drought conditions.
    If you feel that any or all would be a suitable use of your products, would it be correct to assume that dosages would be the same as you recommend for plants?
    Look forward to hearing from you.
    Best Regards,
    John

  265. John Smith April 27, 2012 at 12:48 pm -  Reply

    Hello Richard,
    Not sure if my previous post regarding Flower Powe, Root Booster and Flower Food got to you.
    I have used all of these products over the years with flowers but wondered if they are suitable, and if so in what strength, to help with small conifer trees which are suffering from the effects of the lack of rain in this area (Gloucester)?
    Many Thanks,
    John

  266. Veronica Mauvis May 5, 2012 at 11:27 am -  Reply

    Richard – regrettably I am now an indoor gardener. How about a programme on growing plants indoors? I am looking at your Container Magic and wondering if that would be a good idea to add to indoor pot plants to help out when I go away for a week or 10 days.

  267. Christine Harvey May 5, 2012 at 11:04 pm -  Reply

    Hello Richard – love your flower power.
    Just one question for you with regard to clematis.
    Is it OK to feed clematis plants while they are in flower?
    I have been told not to. Would you please let me know. Thanks

  268. Mrs Susan Harvey May 6, 2012 at 4:47 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard please can you inform T&M Apricot Shades begonia’s are a big disappointment. When they arrived there was one large corm and seven very very small one’s. After following enclosed instructions I have one plant, and after reading the reviews on this plant I don’t expect much from it. I was really looking forward to my hanging baskets this year too.

  269. Georgina McCarthy May 28, 2012 at 9:24 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard,
    I love orchids but have not had great success with them. I have heard some QVC presenters saying how great your plant food is for them. Can you tell me please how it is used and what quantity etc., and any other advice you think may be helpful.
    Thanking you,
    GMcC

  270. joan chisholm May 29, 2012 at 10:15 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard, any idea what I am doing wrong? Many plants (pinks in particular) the leaves turn yellow very quickly drop off and then the whole plant appears to die!

  271. Derrick Grimmer May 31, 2012 at 7:35 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard Where can I find Spray-n-grow almost run out but cannot find any available on web site.

  272. mr t mccartney June 9, 2012 at 9:22 am -  Reply

    i would like to ask why does richard keep showing pictures of plants that has been grown with flower power from last year i am getting fed up listening to his comments he should be showing plants from this year

  273. Freda Irving June 10, 2012 at 2:09 am -  Reply

    Hello Richard
    Five years ago I bought a Hemerocallis. After 2 years it had not produced a single flower, so I moved it to a new site where it gets full sun for most of the day. It still has not produced any flowers and the clump now measures about 2 feet across and the leaves are very healthy. My soil is heavy clay into which I have dug copious amounts of compost and new topsoil. It is regularly fed with Flower Power. I have another hemerocallis planted next to it which flowers regularly. Any suggestions you have will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

  274. MANDY BEARD June 16, 2012 at 9:41 pm -  Reply

    Hello Richard,
    I have pretty much all off your products which I swear by!
    Please can you help?, I have a braeburn tree in a pot specifically for the tree, I had 3 apples last year, 1 the year before, and as far as I can see there is only 1 growing at the moment. Can you give me some tips what I am doing wrong.
    Thankyou
    Mandy

  275. Elizabeth Scott June 23, 2012 at 5:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Can u tell me how u use the flower power? Think i have been using it incorectly.
    Liz

  276. ann Evans June 25, 2012 at 7:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard,
    I have a cox’s orange pippin apple tree which had loads of blosson, but this disappeared and left no apples.
    We have the tree in a large floer pot, but we now have loads of ants on it and wondered if they were killing it off.
    Can you advise what we can do about it please. The apple tree is two years old. Many thanks, Ann Evans (Mrs)

  277. Margaret McBride June 27, 2012 at 1:13 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard could you please help me?My lawn is covered with ant hills they are every where I use your lawn magic and I had a fabulous lawn.The cottage is old and the lawn area used to be the driveway,but for some time it was changed and the driveway is on the other side,the lawn doesn’t have a deep soil base but using the lawn magic made it fabulous,now we have loads of ants.We have used ant power on the mounds but we keep gatting more.I have a serious spine problem and now after working on this lawn I find it is being ruined with these ants,could you please tell me what I can do to get rid of these please?

  278. Wendy Hudspith July 7, 2012 at 7:45 pm -  Reply

    I would just like to say that I bought some flower power plant food, and my garden look’s fantastic, my roses are beautiful, and have doubled in size, I would like to send some photo’s of them but don’t know where to send the photo’s too

  279. Mrs. Jill Ashley July 14, 2012 at 2:59 pm -  Reply

    Dear Richard
    I purchased 5 double flowering hibiscus I realised nothing would happen until May but although 3 are doing well the Strawberry sherbet and raspberry ripple have yet to produce a leaf. Is there any hope for them

  280. Susan Compton July 21, 2012 at 9:37 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard,
    I have a very shady area at the top of my 60ft garden. This area is shaded by a cherry tree and a lilac bush. The lilac bush is not fully matured. This is only the second year I have had it. Would you please advise me what plants would be happy grown in shade please? Preferably with colour. I have just ordered the blue poppies. Will they survive in full shade, as well as partial shade? Susan, Nuneaton, Warwickshire

  281. Susan Compton July 21, 2012 at 9:39 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard,
    Would it be ok to grow a clematis to mingle with a rose, or would the thorns damage the clematis’s fine stem?
    Thank you
    Susan

  282. bespoke design July 30, 2012 at 1:46 pm -  Reply

    Only just stumbled upon the site and really
    wanted to say thank you being so comprehensive in your post

  283. Graham Sydney September 4, 2012 at 10:13 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard
    A blast from the past for you – remember me from CSG? Hope you and your family are all well.
    Now residing near Christchurch in Dorset, we moved into a new house last Christmas. The developer planted 2 Mountain ash/Rowan trees as part of the front landscaping. One thrives, but the other looks very sad, hardly any berries, wilting leaves etc. However, it threw up some very healthy shoots from its base, now nearly half height of the original tree. Do I chop them back, hoping it will get the message next season? Do I wait until the shoots become the tree? Or give up on it altogether?

  284. nathan January 6, 2013 at 12:56 pm -  Reply

    hi richard
    my mother has recentally moved to the coast and was wondewring which plants are best suited,to the sea air?
    thanks nathan

  285. Wendy Hudspith March 5, 2013 at 8:48 pm -  Reply

    Dear Richard
    Could you tell me what day in May will you be having your double spray Plant Invigorator offer, I don’t want to miss it, my roses suffer terrible with black spot and green fly, and I would love to try the plant invigorator this year. I use the flower power it’s fantastic Richard, I would like to put the day down in my calendar for the offer thank you very much
    Best wishes wendy

  286. Sarah March 16, 2013 at 4:25 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ive used your products for quite a few years now and won’t use any other feed now on my plants or lawn, last year whilst watching your show my mum saw a hose attachment to be used with flower power, can you tell me when they will be back in stock and also an item number. Thanks

  287. Shanti Rajan April 18, 2013 at 1:37 pm -  Reply

    Dear Richard, I love my citrus plants which are gloriously healthy and fruiting well. The fragrance in my conservatory is magical. I would like to use your Flower power to feed these Lemons and Orange trees in pots. Please could you tell me if it is ok as I do not want to kill my plants by using the wrong feed !! I have seen Mr. Monty use a seaweed feed for citrus on BBC. It will be great if you could clarify please? Many Thanks.

  288. m watkinson May 16, 2013 at 4:41 pm -  Reply

    my wife has an indoor azalea which is about 6″ to 8″ inches tall it had coral pink flowers it is now begin to grow some green at the base of the stem any advice on how to look after the plant we would be very gratefull for any advice

  289. Anthony Dawson June 6, 2013 at 6:23 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard I have brought several bags of your multi purpose compost but of late I have noticed mould growing on the top of the compost and several plants have died in my hanging baskets what is going wrong and can you help?

  290. Mrs. Sharon Parry July 14, 2013 at 3:47 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard, a few years ago I bought some raspberry canes and they have been amazing, I decided one year to weigh the fruit I picked but gave up after 20lbs. I now make raspberry jam which goes down a treat with family and friends, but recently ive noticed that the canes seem a little squashed, can I dig some up and move them to another part of the garden? If so, how and when please? Thank you.

  291. Julie Bedington August 5, 2013 at 3:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard
    I have 2 Kleims Hardy Gardenia Jasminoides that I bought from Qvc 3 years ago still in leaf and kept in a frost free greenhouse over the last 2 very cold winters but have not yet had any flowers. Do feed weekly in the summer with RJ flower power, would love to see them with flowers on, what can I do to encourage them to flower? I do not want to put them in the compost bin but they are not earning their keep!

  292. joanne August 17, 2013 at 11:25 am -  Reply

    a couple of questions, the slug repellent-as i sprinkled it around the plants its gone all fury and mould like ,is that supposed to happen? and about 2 years ago i bought five hibiscus plants, one died and the other four are green and leafy and healthy looking but not one has flowered yet, can you tell me why please?

  293. sue smith August 24, 2013 at 11:56 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard
    Could you advise me please? Earlier this year I purchased young acer saplings . They have done very well and are now about a foot tall. I will keep them in pots over the winter but would eventually like to plant them in my garden. How long shall I keep them in pots before planting them out. I live on the edge of dartmoor

  294. alec&peggy mutter August 29, 2013 at 5:42 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard
    I am sending this for my 86 year old mother
    She has followed qvc and yourself for many years
    Her question is we have cleared thistles many times from the garden but they keep coming back and even bigger and higher
    We sprayed them dug the roots up but they still come back
    Can you suggest any thing that will get rid of them for good
    By the way your compost is great.

  295. Ali Paterson September 11, 2013 at 3:52 pm -  Reply

    Help Richard
    My daughter’s 10th wedding anniversary is later this month and I wondered if you could suggest a plant I could give her and her husband???
    I have been using your products in my own garden with great success
    which is amazing as I am not in the least green fingered…believe me. I would be very grateful for your help you can offer.
    Many thanks in advance
    Ali P

  296. Terry Ford of Stockport October 21, 2013 at 3:22 pm -  Reply

    I purchased the Bernini fountain earlier this year and am absolutely delighted with it. My question is, apart from removing the pump this winter because of frost damage, is the body of the fountain safe to leave outdoors? My previous fountain, purchased from QVC cracked when left out in the winter.

  297. Mrs Taylor December 26, 2013 at 10:42 pm -  Reply

    Can I put your slugs and snail pellets indoors behind the washing machine as we keep getting slugs coming in the kitchen, your pellets seem safe, we have tried every thing else.

  298. Alan Medcalf January 18, 2014 at 9:49 am -  Reply

    Dear Richard,
    Please could you advise me on my neighbouring eyesore of a green ivy plant , it is growing rampant as he doesn’t care about it, it is completely suffocated my back garden fence which I built to keep his brood at bay , I keep cutting it back but I really want to kill it off for good , what can I do ??? ,please help :-(

  299. Jill Rycroft February 6, 2014 at 3:23 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard
    Have learned a great deal watching your gardening programmes and have enjoyed the experts but I recently saw the nice young man from Thompson & Morgan on another site with his plants etc, so does that mean he won’t be presenting T & M products with you any more?

  300. Bill Martin February 22, 2014 at 7:21 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard
    I heard you say today that you can use your spray bottle to mix
    flower power how much would you use in your 1ltr bottle
    Cheers
    Bill

  301. Jane Renshaw March 9, 2014 at 11:47 am -  Reply

    Last summer I bought a tub of Container Magic,and stored the remainder in the garden shed.
    I have just found that the label has disintegrated. Could you send me the details, I promise I’ll look after it this time !!
    Maybe it could be modified – say printed into the plastic ?
    Thank you

  302. jacqui whitmore April 7, 2014 at 9:32 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard.I missed The Sun Newspaper Saturday 5th April with the qvc Gardening competition in .Can i still enter if i didn’t purchase it and if so,have you got the details please

  303. Sue Howard April 25, 2014 at 4:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard,
    I have just purchased a Acer Palmatum ,it says i need Ericaceous compost and plant food. Can you tell me if any of your products contain this. I want to keep it in a container.Thankyou..
    With Regards,
    Sue H

  304. ANGELA MEECHAM May 5, 2014 at 11:22 am -  Reply

    HI THERE RICHARD
    I HAVE BOUGHT MANY OF YOUR GARDEN PRODUCTS,BUT I AM RUNNUNG OUT OF ROOT BOOSTER.I AM WONDERING IF YOU HAVE GOT ANYMORE AVAILABLE OR COMING UP SOON.
    MANY THANKS
    ANGELA MEECHAM

  305. Ann Woollard May 15, 2014 at 8:41 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard
    My husband and myselff think that Flower Power is the best plant feed going. I have lost count of how many tubs I have purchased from QVC. This morning it took my husband one and a half hours to water our plants using Flower Power in a watering can. I have been informed that you had a hose end sprayer that you could use with Flower Power but I have searched for this and can not find it. Could you please let me know where I can purchase this sprayer from as it will save my husband so much time when he waters our plants. We always watch your shows.
    Kind Regards
    Ann

  306. Susan Davies May 18, 2014 at 9:16 pm -  Reply

    Hollo Richard
    Several years ago a purchased your plant food with a bottle that you connect to a hosepipe to feed lots of plants rather then using a watering can . Saddly to say I have mislayed it . Can I repurchase this item?
    Regards Sue

  307. Mrs.J Manville May 25, 2014 at 7:35 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard I have 2 questions for you.Over the winter period we have had a badger digging holes in our garden,is there anything we can try to prevent it digging up the garden please?
    The other question is that a couple of years ago you used to do a stackable or tiered planter that could be used for flowers,herbs or strawberries.It was plastic and it had three holes at the bottom for plants then another three on top of that which sat at the opposite angle,as you can probable tell it’s not that easy to discibe,but I hope you get what I mean.As I cant find it on the web page i think it’s been discontinued.Can you tell me if you will be doing anything like this again or where I can find something similar please.
    Your’s Hopefully
    Jackie Manville From Brighton

  308. roger rowden May 26, 2014 at 1:14 pm -  Reply

    Dear Richard , I have filled the bottom half my containers with a cheap compost then used your compost on top with container magic , is this ok so I can tell the difference in my flowers a fruit or should I have used your compost only , regards roger

  309. bill June 5, 2014 at 11:32 am -  Reply

    HiRichard
    is this the paint that was shown on to waterproof the cardboard box on your program few months ago? I did not see the program but a friend told me that there is a paint that will stop leaking gutters and after painting looks good as new and we can save money with the paint then getting new guttering.
    waiting for your
    Regards
    Bill
    Black Magic Paint – 2.5 Litre Tin (Covers approx 28 Square Metres)

  310. janley June 16, 2014 at 10:18 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard please can you tell me why I have now flowers on my clamatis I have had for about 5yrs,it has been covered with big purple flowers until this year I use all your products very happy thank you.

  311. Wendy McIvor July 4, 2014 at 12:47 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard,
    Just wanted to ask about the Hellebores I bought last year. When will they flower and do I need to do anything with the foliage.
    Planted them when they arrived and now they are about 15inches high and lovely green leaves (that’s Flower Power for you) but didn’t flower at beg of year – will that be because it’s their first year?
    Kind Regards
    Wendy McIvor

  312. CH July 22, 2014 at 12:19 am -  Reply

    Richard, I have a fully paved garden (due to dogs) and have numerous pots – in short, no soil or grass , however I have a slug problem every year and don’t know what to do – I despair! They come out at night and I regularly find 20+ on the paths near to the drains and have even started to find slug trails on the kitchen floor – what can I do????

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