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Posted: 15/08/2013 at 16:55
Hi Welshonion,no the help you me gave was for side shoots growing just like they do on tomatoes and pinching out or not , these are proper figs growing ,but i was wondering if the young plant might do better if i pinch them off to help the plant in its first year get stronger, then allow normal growth next year, the figs are about the size of a golf ball, so it seems best come off then. many thanks Alan


Posted: 15/08/2013 at 13:45
Hi all, i have a new 2.5 feet tall fig tree in a big pot,and it has figs starting to grow on it ,Now should i take them off for this first year to help the plant grow stronger or leave them.


Posted: 15/08/2013 at 13:36
might b a car booter yet then Green bean


Posted: 15/08/2013 at 12:42
hi debs again hows this RHS Flower colour Back to top
One of the most interesting quirks of some hydrangeas is the ability of the flowers to change colour. This is not true of all hydrangeas, only the mophead and lacecap cultivars of Hydrangea macrophylla.

This colour change is due to the soil pH which affects aluminium availability. Those with blue or pink flowers tend to be blue in acid soil conditions (high available aluminium levels), mauve in acid to neutral soil conditions, and pink in alkaline conditions. To get the best flower colour, choose cultivars that give the best colours for the pH in question.

White flowers, and also green-flowered cultivars, remain white or green regardless of soil pH.

Try to use rainwater to water hydrangeas, since mains hard water can affect the flower colour, turning blue flowers mauve or pink.


Posted: 15/08/2013 at 12:31
Hi Julie this might help NPK N= Nitrogen Leaf and Stem Growth
P= Phosphorous Roots and Buds
K= Potassium or Potash Fruit and Flowers , so i would feed with Comfrey as it has lots of Potassium and you can make it easy and its free, or something like it
works for me


Posted: 15/08/2013 at 12:22
Hi , I cut a large one down to the ground earlier and as it came back i fed with Nettle tea to allow it to get a good start with all its new growth which is now a deep dark lush green,next year im feeding on comfrey for more phosphate to get good flowers its all worked very very well before good luck


Posted: 15/08/2013 at 10:59
Jeffd could be right ,i also gave ours a good cut and used them for cuttings and they are now very nicely flowering already, so before getting getting rid if you do i think cuttings might be the answer. Alan4711


Posted: 15/08/2013 at 10:39
and another thing about moving i,ll have a green house ,a new petrol mower And a shredder how about that, and in Mundesley lots of people put fruit and cakes and flowers out on there walls with an honesty box how about that then what a nice way to live,we will be doing lots of cuttings next year And almost forgot weve got an allotment to go to, our wall will have loads of veg and plants for sale And a car boot thing now and again a little table loads of spuds and beetroot and all that then into the pub,now can you beat it, i dont think so, are we looking forward to it OH YES, its all getting much better even if it is chucking it down


Posted: 15/08/2013 at 10:22
Hi all , were moving in about 10 days (hopefully if the solicitors dont start having 4 days a week off or going on holiday or out at lunch again" ill get him to call you" Ha Ha no he wont) and im gathering as many pots as poss to go on the van last on first off, when its full then that's it our house buyers will get some really great plants, im also taking a lot of cuttings just cant leave em they become part of the house as they grow,and talking of growing iv cut a passion flower about 6 weeks ago and its now 28 inches high and the one in the garden in a fan shape is about 4/5 months old and 8 foot by 9 foot just lately everything is racing away just when i want them to slow a bit for the move so good luck with the new house and garden
avaguden Alan4711


Posted: 13/08/2013 at 18:40
Nanny last year most of our allotmenteers had Tommy blight and so we had lots of green tom chutney ,(recipe from this site ) it is just great so youv now got plan B
no probs

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