Alina W

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BBC Gardening Arrivals - Meeting Point

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 10:01

I thought I'd answered - oh, well.

Mike, you don't get rid of me that easily

Grajean, glad that you finally made it, and Piggin too.

Cherry Tree Ants

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 09:58

Don't prune now, as cherries bleed profusely. You should wait until summer, when growth has matured.

This year, take steps to prevent the ants farming aphids again, and remove aphids when you see them. One method is a broad strip of vaseline near the base of the tree to stop ants climbiing it.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 09:43

Still weather for ducks here in North Yorks, with more predicted throughout the week.

Ah, well - the rivers are enjoying it.

Any one know what this tree is please

Posted: 22/04/2012 at 22:29

Hi Judith,

Mine is "Royalty", but I'm not sure that it is identical to yours.

Have a google and see what you think.

Any one know what this tree is please

Posted: 22/04/2012 at 21:42

Yes, it's crab apple. I have one that's very similar.


Posted: 22/04/2012 at 18:20

Wait until they've finished flowering, then cut back to the last two or three pairs of green leaves on each stem - they should then produce new shoots from low down. A bit of a feed at the same time won't go amiss.

Chic Weed

Posted: 22/04/2012 at 16:37

The problem is that it will be seeding, so for best results you need to remove it before it flowers. But there's no easy answer, I'm afraid - just weeding and mulching where possible.

Cobea- rotting

Posted: 22/04/2012 at 15:26

I've not tried this, but you could cut the stem off well above the rotted section and either put it in water or well-drained moist compost to try and root it. If you try the latter, you will need to keep it covered, either in a big polythene bag or in a propagator until it roots.

I'm afraid there's no chance of rescuing the plant complete with rotted section; it does suggest that your plant was overwatered and/or cold.

getting rid of slugs

Posted: 22/04/2012 at 13:29

The midnight hunt is probably the most effective route, backed up by wildlife-safe Growing Success Advanced Slug Pellets.

Talkback: Daffodil care

Posted: 22/04/2012 at 13:22

Take off the dead flowers just below the swelling and then leave the leaves alone for 6 weeks so that the energy can go into the bulb to form next year's flowers. You can also give them a good feed - any balanced fertilizer will do, e.g., Growmore, Miraclegro, chicken manure pellets. After 6 weeks you can cut off the remaining leaves; make sure that you brush compost into the hole left to block it and so avoid narcissus fly getting into the bulb.

Treated this way you daffodils will last for years and never need replacing.

To the previous poster, the beetles are pollen beetles and do no harm.

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