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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.

Cherry Tree

Posted: 22/04/2012 at 13:14

It doesn't really matter, bearing a few fruit won't do it any harm. You may find that the tree drops the fruit on its own in the next few weeks.

Pelargonium problem

Posted: 22/04/2012 at 13:12

I agree with figrat - they've gone out far too early and got chilled.

As already said, bring them indoors for now - you can think about planting them out again in Mid-late May.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 22/04/2012 at 13:10

Started sunny here today, but clouding over and I expect rain soon - so what's new?

fairly fast growing shrub in dense shade

Posted: 21/04/2012 at 23:38

Fertilizer should not come into direct contact with plants' roots or it may damage or even kill them - I hope that yours was well mixed into the soil?

You don't need to add extra fertilizer, but have you been watering your new plants? They should be watered frequently to prevent them drying out until they spread their roots.


Posted: 21/04/2012 at 22:55

If you dig up a lavender with green growth at the tips and bury it in the soil to the base of those tips they will form roots and you will be able to separate off new plants after a number of months (up to a year).

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