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Plums Again

Posted: 21/08/2014 at 23:32

I think it's likely to be bruised, although you may not be able to see it.

Or are you storing it in too warm a place, perhaps?

Should my crab apple look like this?

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 14:22

It doesn't sound good, but a picture would help.

The blotches may be down to insect infestation.

Wasps eating apples.

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 12:19

Pick them early, before they're ripe. It's the only safe way, and they will ripen over time.

Cordyline dropping leaves.

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 12:17

If it does survive you might care to put it in its own pot if planting amongst other plants again, and in a very sandy, free-draining soil - that might keep it happier.

major pruning of plum tree - advice needed

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 12:25

Don't panic - the problem with silverleaf is that it travels in moist air. As long as you pruned in a dry, warm period you have a very good chance of being fine.

Strawberries for the north

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 12:22

If you fancy something different, alpine strawberries might be for you - they will be fine in the climate.

But I have to warn you that they are very small, so the crop won't be enormous.

Planting colour under rhododendrons

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 12:19

Agree with what's been said, although you might have a chance with deeply-planted daffodils.

dicentra silly mistake

Posted: 17/08/2014 at 23:36

Put the dicentra in the border - it won't do well in the pot for very long, as their roots do spread. They're not difficult to control.

Meantime, you could add some small bulbs to your pot for the spring - snowdrops, for example, will cope with shade.

Plastic boxes to overwinter?

Posted: 15/08/2014 at 19:41

I agree with Dove - the pelargoniums won't stand frost or extreme cold, and they also wouldn't like the humid atmosphere in a box.

Cuttings

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 18:47

You can keep it on until you see roots, but you need to take it off every couple of days and dry it thoroughly, or the cuttings may rot and the temperature in it may rise too high.

You're effectively making a mini-propagator.

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