Alina W

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Botrytis on my lilies

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 20:56

It sounds like they may have got too wet, possibly in the recent heavy rains. Does your container have good drainage?

The bad news is that it can spread to other plants, so if it is what you think I would be inclined to get rid of the lilies and the compost. Next year, try and keep the planter dryer, if necessary covering it during periods of heavy rain.

Perennials not growing

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 20:50

Were these root cuttings bought in a cardboard box, by any chance?

Gourds !!

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 20:48

We did, Zoomer

I grew them up a trellis, although I can't remember if I tied them in. The mixed ones are generally fairly small, max size that of a small melon, more often a grapefruit or large pear.

Is my hedge alive or not?

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 20:39

Hello again, Louise. Beech hedges should be starting to move around about now, so it's not too late yet.

Cherry - that wants to be pruned in summer, so June-August, and make sure that the weather is dry at the time. Take off about a max of a third of the height of your plants in the first year.

lawn help!

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 20:32

Assuming that the weeds and moss patches are few, I would start by applying lawn feed to revitalize the grass; in 4-6 weeks you can apply a  lawn weed and feed to treat problem areas. In the meantime. mow regularly and not too low; the food alone should make a big difference.

Gourds !!

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 20:28

Plant out when all danger of frost has passed. Give them a sunny position in good soil and make sure that they don't dry out; a bit of tomato food won't go amiss, but other than that they are quite reliable plants.

Potted Bay Tree

Posted: 09/05/2012 at 22:05

If it is in a pot you can certainly feed it, preferably with a foliar fertilizer, although the fresh compost should have made a difference. Other than that, keep it moist and make sure it is in a sheltered, sunny position to give it the best chance.

A thought - did you examine the roots while re-potting? Did they look healthy? And no sign of any grubs such as vine weevil?


Posted: 09/05/2012 at 21:42

Are they in pots which have got too dry at some stage?

Reviving dried bedding, lost instructions

Posted: 09/05/2012 at 21:40

I would imagine that you have to soak them in water for at least 12 hours, but I can't claim to have ever done this.

Let us know what happens!


Posted: 09/05/2012 at 12:40

Is there any chance that it dried out at that time? That would also explain the browning. It could also have had young growth caught by frost.

Give it a bit of tlc and it should produce some new growth soon.

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