Alina W

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Drastic pruning of a cherry tree

Posted: 28/04/2012 at 16:38

You're unlikely to get a satisfactory result from what you're suggesting. Cherry trees are large unless grown on a dwarfing rootstock, which yours obviously isn't. Assuming it survives, the tree will just try to grow as tall again.

Far better to remove it completely and replace it with a shorter tree on dwarfing rootstock if that's what you want.

problem area in garden

Posted: 28/04/2012 at 15:26

It certainly should, yes. For summer and to keep your little lad interested, how about peas, beans and lettuce (you will have to keep them watered) that he can eat, plus sunflowers and nasturtiums for flowers (also edible)? Being annuals, you don't have to worry about them in winter.

problem area in garden

Posted: 28/04/2012 at 15:04

Rock garden plants would prefer more sunshine throughout the year.

You really need to improve the soil before planting up by incorporating organic matter (well-rotted manure> and grit to improve the drainage and the structure of the soil. Once that's done, you will be able to choose from a large number of plants - to give just one example, I have roses thriving in a similar situation.

What's killing my hydrangeas

Posted: 28/04/2012 at 13:59

Sounds like the young growth has been hit by a frost. You don't need to do anything, they will produce new leaves in time.

Algae on my seedlings

Posted: 28/04/2012 at 13:57

They're too wet. Stop watering from the top, watering only from the bottom, and ease up on the watering generally. Also, increase the air flow - the atmosphere is probably too humid. Once your seeds have germinated you can take the top off the propagator in the daytime, and at night if it's not cold.

strange behaviour in roses

Posted: 28/04/2012 at 13:54

Not sure what's going on, then, but the fact that the roses entwined and flowered has nothing to do with the change in characteristics - pollination would only affect the seeds of the roses, not the roses themselves.

The likeliest thing is that the changed branch is a throwback to the rose that yours was bred from, so what has happened with it would be called regression.

strange behaviour in roses

Posted: 28/04/2012 at 13:16

Are you sure that you haven't had a sucker come up on at least one of the roses? Check if the branches come from above or below the graft (a knobbly section just above the ground). If they come from below they are suckers coming from the rootstock, which is different from the normal flowers. It will probably have leaflets which are a paler green than the rest, too.

If they are suckers they need to be removed by cutting off as close to where they emerge as possible. If you don't do this they will take over the rose and the graft will eventually die, leaving you with only the suckering shoots and their flowers.

bedding plants

Posted: 28/04/2012 at 12:59

If you want plants in flower, you could get some forget-me-nots, which are available in blue, pink and white. They are perfectly hardy, if short-lived, but will self-seed. For `a stronger pink you could try some double daisies. In a few weeks both will be done and you can replace them with standard bedding.

Cobea- rotting

Posted: 28/04/2012 at 12:54

It could be damping off, too. To prevent that, reduce watering and improve air circulation - difficult indoors, I know. Are you using sterile compost? If not, try a copper fungicide drench on what you do use. Also, try opening up the compost with perlite, and only water from the bottom. Good luck!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 28/04/2012 at 12:45

Overcast with showers a brief dry spells in North Yorks. Some planting out needs to be done, but it's too soggy to step on the lawn yet.

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