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pieris forest flame

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 23:09

Have you tried watering it with sequestrene of iron? That might give it a boost.

Problem Swallow nests

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 11:47

Can you remove the old nests from their sight? That way, you might persuade them to build elsewhere.

creating a full bodied hedge

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 11:44

Laurels are very good at shooting from brown wood, so your chances are good if you trim them, and keep trimming them regularly. However, if the bases are very thick, then you will always have less growth at the bottom than the top.

Do you think...

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 11:40

Yes, they will. Small plants do much better than large ones once planted out, in fact. Plant them out, feed them well, and they'll reward you.

red maple

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 11:38

It sounds like you have dieback. The white branches will be dead - cut them out, and clean your secateurs before cutting into live wood. The rest of the tree should be OK - give it a feed to encourage it to branch more.

What to do with lemon plants

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 11:36

Lemons need to be kept frost-free in winter.

Considering where you are, if you built them a shelter and wrapped them well with fleece, including the pots, then I think there is a reasonable chance that they will survive.

The other thing that you may not know is that you can prune lemons to make them small enough to bring indoors if you want to - I wouldn't do it too hard, but they do re-grow well.

Good luck!

Is it too late to prune a grape vine?

Posted: 05/05/2013 at 23:58

I would say it's too late - you may make it bleed to death now.

Beech hedging, white powdery stuff?

Posted: 04/05/2013 at 20:36

Take a magnifying glass to it and check if it's beech aphid. It looks like fluff close up, but there is an insect beneath, and a serious infestation can kill the plant.

Narcissus not flowering

Posted: 04/05/2013 at 19:49

They're too shallow, then. The bulb needs twice its own height of soil above it. So, if your bulb is about 7cm tall, it needs 14cm of soil above it - about 15cm is usually the maximum needed. This is especially important if you have dry, sandy soil, which you probably do.

Once the bulbs have finished flowering, dig them up and plant them deeper, then feed and water them as usual.

Hopefully, you'll get more flowers next year.

Floppy Cornflower seedlings

Posted: 02/05/2013 at 20:05

If they are indoors then they are too warm and not getting enough light.

Try putting them outside on warm days in a shady position, but make sure that you bring them in well before nightfall. If they have to stay indoors, move them to the coolest room that you have and try putting white card behind them to reflect the light onto them.

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