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moving fruit trees

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 17:54

Only prune when the weather is hot and dry, so late May-August. In damp, cool weather, plums are very susceptible to fungal diseases which can kill them.

Snails Eggs

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 17:43

As Berghill suggested, if you bought this plant in a pot it's probably slow-release fertilizer, especially if the spheres are singles, not in a cluster.

If they are slugs - yes, they'll munch away at your plants, whatever the size.

My Passion Flower is wilting... Help!

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 17:39

Is the soil soggy? It may have been overwatered.

More likely, perhaps, is vine weevil.

Have a dig in the pot - if you see fat white C-shaped maggots with a dark head you have vine weevil.

Corrently, it can be treated with Provado Vine Weevil Killer, which is a water-on solution.

Unfortunately, the roots have often been eaten away too much by the time you find it - is there any piece of plant still healthy enouigh to take a cutting from?

Finally, check that slugs haven't stripped the bark from the stems at ground level. This happens with clematis.

Hollyhock Rust?

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 17:34

Don't plant the new ones there, they'll get rust as well - the spores live in the soil, and infect the plant when splashed up by rain or watering.

If you have rust in your area (it likes clean, pollution-free air), you will never get rid of it, only control it. As well as spraying with a fungicide (take your pick from the garden centre - anything that says it treats rust will do), feed the plant well - you can often get the plants to grow vigorously enough so that the rust is less of a problem.

In autumn, once you've cut the plants down, mulch around them well to suppress as many spores as possible.

And no, a soap spray is no use at all - it's a fungus, not an insect problem.

Powdery Mildew on my Honeysuckle?

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 17:28

Yes, and as already said, water it very well.

The lack of water at the roots is what has caused the fungus to move in.

wildflower mix

Posted: 17/07/2013 at 22:54

Unless it was a yellow mix I'd avoid the brand in future (if it has one) - sounds like a deliberate con.

Help me save this plant!!

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 22:54

Don't water until it's dry - the pot should be light when you pick it up. Too much water will make it rot.

In fact, I'd go as far as to say that the vast majority of plants need to be watered only when dry - never water automatically, always check that the plant needs water.

poorly plum tree

Posted: 17/06/2013 at 17:43

If it's a young tree it needs clear space around its roots to establish and grow. How close are your potatoes? There should be at least a yard empty all around the tree.

Beech tree very small leaves

Posted: 17/06/2013 at 17:39

You say the had greenfly - are they definitely gone?

Beech are prone to beech aphid, whic looks a bit like fluff on the backs of the leaves - if that is present, you need to spray again to get rid of it.

One-two branches on cherry tree has brown leaves.

Posted: 16/06/2013 at 15:04

No, they're pretty easy on the whole, although they will pick up diseases if pruned at the wrong time. I think you've been unlucky - good luck tomorrow.

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