Alina W


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Meconopsis (Himalayan Blue Poppy)

Posted: 15/05/2012 at 13:03

Backyardee, it's interesting that you have collected your own seeds - presumably you were lucky enough to get one of the true perennials. There was an attempt to improve the strain recently by collecting fresh seeds from the wild, and this seems to have produced shorter-lived plants. The best way around it is to buy the sheldonii hybrids, which are usually true perennials - I have a beauty that has been flowering for many years.

faded wisteria

Posted: 15/05/2012 at 12:57

It could simply be hungry. Try a balanced fertilizer such as Growmore, watered on.

Broadcasting poppy seeds into the border

Posted: 14/05/2012 at 16:37

Poppies need light to germinate, so covering them is not a good idea. They also dislike root disturbance, so are best sown where they are to grow.

Wisteria leaves turning yellow in may?

Posted: 14/05/2012 at 16:17

Wisteria should be fed in spring with a general fertilizer such as fish, blood and bone. As a first step I would try giving yours a liquid feed, something like liquid Growmore, and see if that solves the problem.

dwarf peach tree from homebase

Posted: 14/05/2012 at 15:14

I would take it back. If it has been frosted and lost its leaves it will struggle to put out fresh ones because it is so young, and if it wasn't frosted it's got too dry. In either case it's sub-standard, and you deserve better for your money.

Lining a raised bed?

Posted: 14/05/2012 at 12:37

The polythene will actually help to preserve the timber - it reduces the moisture in contact with it considerably.

black bugs

Posted: 14/05/2012 at 11:35
Zoomer44 wrote (see)

I think the use of washing up liquid added to water in a spray to kill aphids is an urban legend. It may well kill the aphids but you also risk losing your plant if too much is added to the water sprayed on the plant.

True, but you run the same risk with using oil, which can block the leaves' pores and hence kill hem, too.

Paperbark Birch

Posted: 14/05/2012 at 10:47

No tree likes its soil level increased by large amounts, and birches do have very shallow roots. However, the soil level does rise gradually around trees in nature, so they can manage some increase. I'd suggest doing the minimum rise possible, perhaps in two stages. Also, it is probably important that the soil added remains as dry as possible, so the roots don't drown.

Acer Palmatum - what size container

Posted: 14/05/2012 at 10:10

I don't know that acers will tolerate very alkaline soil, although they are fine in neutral soil. Having said that, I do water mine with tapwater when necessarily, and it is fairly hard.

Container size - the size quoted is probably too small for a final size, but it'll take a while to get there.

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Sparse flowering cherry

 
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