Alina W

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Laurel Hedge

Posted: 02/05/2012 at 17:26

If it is only old leaves falling there is no problem - evergreens like laurels do shed their old leaves around about this time.

However, if there are a lot of ants around it is worth having a careful dig around the plants' roots to make sure that there isn't a nest underneath the hedge, as that wouldn't do it any good.

Talkback: Plants - planting an acer in a pot

Posted: 02/05/2012 at 11:49

If the wind was very strong, yes. There's nothing you can do other than wait for it to produce fresh leaves, which it should do if it's mature.

However, it's also worth checking that there are no vine weevil in the pot - they can also produce a sudden collapse.


Posted: 02/05/2012 at 10:39

Ah well. I was going to put the fuchsias out at the weekend, but maybe not.


Posted: 02/05/2012 at 09:19

Yes, it could be, especially if they are some of the big-headed varieties, like parrots. You could try shaking them gently, although a bit of sun may do the job for you.

some kind of fun guy!

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 13:30

In that case, I'm afraid that the plant may be on the way out, sadly.

Why not take some cuttings? The propagate fairly easily, details here:

Cherry brown rot blight

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 12:52

If you just mean brown rot, you should prune out affected sections and burn them, then spray with difenoconazole (Westland Plant Rescue Fungus Control), which should control it. You should spray three times, at the beginning, middle and end of flowering.

some kind of fun guy!

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 12:47

I don't know the fungus but generally, they grow on dead or dying wood. It probably won't harm your plant, but may be an indicator that it has a problem.

It might be worth scraping back the soil around the fungi and seeing what's going on with the plant.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 12:41

Sue, I know Buttercrambe well - lovely village. Not too sure about the new lorry barriers on the bridge, though - they could have done something prettier.

Weather - after a lovely day yesterday, dull and overcast, and will doubtless rain soon.

Plum branches pointing down

Posted: 30/04/2012 at 23:39

It's one of those trees that respond to pruning by putting out lots of whippy shoots. It's better to try and thicken up what you have - shorten the dragging ones by all means, though.

Plum branches pointing down

Posted: 30/04/2012 at 21:28

Your plum is behaving normally on a Pixie rootstock, trying to be a large tree.

As already said, plums don't like being pruned overmuch; they should be pruned in summer (not winter) if you need to do so. Heavily laden branches should be propped up to prevent them snapping.

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