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lilac tree cuttings

Posted: 20/05/2013 at 16:27

Does the tree have no suckers coming from it? They would be the easiest way to get a cutting, unless it is grafted.

Seeds & cuttings on a windowsill

Posted: 20/05/2013 at 16:25

The reason that your seedlings and cuttings are so poor is indeed the atmosphere. Growers can give their plants ideal conditions, whilst yours have had poor light and been too warm on top of the radiator - that has encouraged them to grow lanky.

Before puting them out in the garden, you should have been putting them outside on warm days and bringing them in at night - that would have helped them to thicken up. You still need to do this before planting them out now, for at least a fortnight.

Once your fuchsias are outside, they will improve considerably, and you should find that they (and most of the seedlings) will give you a good show.

Hosta flowering - shall I or shan't I?

Posted: 19/05/2013 at 22:39

I leave mine to flower, as well, and it certainly hasn't affected them adversely as two are over five feet across!

It is true that they flower very late (or mine do, anyway) and the dying flowers do signal deteriorating leaves, too, but since that's usually late September it's not a problem.

Are they weeds or are they poppies?

Posted: 19/05/2013 at 19:53

If it is the Welsh poppy it can turn into a nuisance, as they're difficult to weed out (they re-grow from scraps of taproot). They like acid soil, and will grow in sun or shade.

Cactus or.....,....

Posted: 19/05/2013 at 19:50

If the window box is outside, they wouldn't survive the cold, either - they don't survive frost, and don't like being wet.

Morning Glory

Posted: 19/05/2013 at 12:03

I wouldn't pinch out Morning Glory myself - I've found them to only produce a single shoot to replace the one taken out, so all that happens is they're slowed down.

Very many modern seeds will bush on their own - last year, and awful lot of things were spindly because of the poor summer.

Ants in the compost bin

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 13:12

You can leave it if you like, but it does suggest that the compost bin is too dry.

Best way to get rid of bamboo

Posted: 15/05/2013 at 22:29

There's no easy way, I'm afraid - just a lot of digging. You can also put weedkiller on new shoots.

However, it might not be as bad as you fear - not all bamboos wander, and some are fairly easy to dig out.

Lawn Feed Suggestions Please

Posted: 15/05/2013 at 17:13

If you can find it, pelleted chicken manure (in very small pellets, especially for ease of spreading on lawns) works really well.

Phoenix Canariensis help

Posted: 15/05/2013 at 17:11

It's most likely objecting to dry air in the winter if it's been a heated room. Not sure about the tentacles - they may be roots, which might suggest it's pot bound or dry.

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