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Help with fuchsias please

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 12:10

The simplest solution is to cut off these tips the minute you see them, cutting back into clean, sound growth. Make sure you clean your secateurs afterwards.

If they re-appear next year, do the same. Yes, it'll lose flowers, but no more than you are already losing.

Plums Again

Posted: 21/08/2014 at 23:32

I think it's likely to be bruised, although you may not be able to see it.

Or are you storing it in too warm a place, perhaps?

Should my crab apple look like this?

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 14:22

It doesn't sound good, but a picture would help.

The blotches may be down to insect infestation.

Wasps eating apples.

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 12:19

Pick them early, before they're ripe. It's the only safe way, and they will ripen over time.

Cordyline dropping leaves.

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 12:17

If it does survive you might care to put it in its own pot if planting amongst other plants again, and in a very sandy, free-draining soil - that might keep it happier.

major pruning of plum tree - advice needed

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 12:25

Don't panic - the problem with silverleaf is that it travels in moist air. As long as you pruned in a dry, warm period you have a very good chance of being fine.

Strawberries for the north

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 12:22

If you fancy something different, alpine strawberries might be for you - they will be fine in the climate.

But I have to warn you that they are very small, so the crop won't be enormous.

Planting colour under rhododendrons

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 12:19

Agree with what's been said, although you might have a chance with deeply-planted daffodils.

dicentra silly mistake

Posted: 17/08/2014 at 23:36

Put the dicentra in the border - it won't do well in the pot for very long, as their roots do spread. They're not difficult to control.

Meantime, you could add some small bulbs to your pot for the spring - snowdrops, for example, will cope with shade.

Plastic boxes to overwinter?

Posted: 15/08/2014 at 19:41

I agree with Dove - the pelargoniums won't stand frost or extreme cold, and they also wouldn't like the humid atmosphere in a box.

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