Alina W

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Posted: 11/08/2014 at 18:47

You can keep it on until you see roots, but you need to take it off every couple of days and dry it thoroughly, or the cuttings may rot and the temperature in it may rise too high.

You're effectively making a mini-propagator.

cherry tree

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 18:45

All you can really do is keep it damp - not soggy - and see what happens.

It may not produce anything until next spring, or it may not produce anything at all and die.

Please help, have I caused irreversible damage and if so what can I do?

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 20:23

Hi Dave, you can train green back through it - I've done it myself. But it does take time.

Please help, have I caused irreversible damage and if so what can I do?

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 20:05

I can see scraps of green there - your alternative is to train up those scraps to cover the bare areas, as it'll be difficult to establish other plants amongst the roots.

Also, if this is a dividing hedge, make sure you don't upset your neighbour if you choose ivy, as it could go through the tree and damage his side.

Transforming a tired overgrown lawn

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 20:00

You say a digger is coming in - whatever you do, don't let it take off the top 20cm of soil or so to get rid of weeds. If you do, you'll lose your topsoil and be left with only subsoil, where plants will struggle to grow.

Please help, have I caused irreversible damage and if so what can I do?

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 19:56

Could you post a picture of the live area, please?

It's difficult to know what it is from your photo.

August oddities

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 19:51

I had a columbine finish flowering less than a week ago - the latest I've ever known.

Fuchsia Cutting

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 11:59

The other possibility is that the knife you're using to trim the cuttings is crushing them rather than cutting cleanly - you need a knife that slices through without the slightest pressure.

Also, it needs to be clean, or you can transfer disease.

Try again in water, using less per glass as already said, and keep a sharp eye on the base of the cuttings. The minute you see it going brown and starting to rot, whip it out and either discard it or cut well above the rotted section if it's long enough to use again. Clean the glass, change the water and carry on.

Good luck!


Posted: 09/08/2014 at 17:26

I presume you prepared the soil before planting by changing part of it, or at least using Rootgrow to encourage growth?

If so, it sounds like you have a very bad case of blackspot.

You need to spray regularly to keep this under control, not just when you see it.

Next year, you want to start spraying just as the leaves open, and then as often as your chosen product recommends.

For the moment, pick up any fallen leaves and make sure the plant is well-watered.

Have a read of this, too:


Posted: 09/08/2014 at 15:22

Agreed. Don't let then hang around - they will do significant damage.

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