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Talkback: Rose blackspot

Posted: 12/11/2012 at 10:43

Roseclear is a good product but it doesn't cure blackspot, it only holds it back. As already said, it does need spraying regularly from the time that the leaves emerge for maximum effect - one or two sprays will do nothing.

Pruning - have a close look at the stems of roses now and cut out any black stains that you see on them - this is the infection waiting to move in next year. Unless you see stains there is no point to pruning roses down to the ground, it won't help. Instead, you should concentrate on removing all fallen leaves, and a good mulch also helps.


Sheila3, roses are very hungry feeders. The fact that the roses were better for a short time after feeding suggests that they need a lot more food and are very hungry.


Posted: 11/11/2012 at 20:33

I feed them sunflower hearts, which they squabble over enthusiastically. Unfortunately, there is still quite a lot of waste.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 11/11/2012 at 13:55

Bright and sunny after a frost here, too.

Pruning acers

Posted: 11/11/2012 at 13:01

It's not a brilliant idea with acer palmatum as the smaller acers don't like hard pruning - it is much better to prune them gently and regularly. If you must prune wait until early spring.

Lets hear it for the houseplants.

Posted: 10/11/2012 at 22:59

Wonderful, Jean - and they're in lovely condition.

Every windowsill that I have is full to capacity with houseplants, plus a few extra shelves

Leylandii Hedge - mixed colours?

Posted: 09/11/2012 at 16:40

I have seen a mature golden and green hedge locally - it seems to be doing fine.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 09/11/2012 at 10:31

Bright and sunny here in N Yorks. The ground is actually starting to drain at last, but there is still a lot of standing water in fields.

No flowers on my Kniphofia rooperi

Posted: 08/11/2012 at 17:49

Probably the poor weather. The plants like a rich soil, and nutrients will have been washed away by the incessant rain, so they may have been hungry. Also, they like the ground well drained - some hope this year!

Garlic in modules

Posted: 08/11/2012 at 17:44

Treat them like you would a flower bulb - make sure that they are thoroughly damp when planted, and after that only water if they appear dry. You shouldn't have to do much watering as the rain should take care of it for you, but the pots (provided that they are raised from the ground) should drain better than your beds.

fruit trees frost

Posted: 08/11/2012 at 17:13

No, they should be fine in that volume of earth.

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