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What to do with nerine bulbs just received

Posted: 02/12/2013 at 12:41

Depends where the original poster lives - nerines don't like frost. If you want to grow them outside, plant in a very sheltered place and put a cover or hefty mulch on them to protect them over winter; clear it off them in spring.

Ivy, holly and cyclamen - everywhere!!!

Posted: 02/12/2013 at 12:37

I agree with the suggestion not to do much if you've not seen the garden through the year - there are sure to be bulbs and deciduous plants lurking.

Just keep on top of the weeding, especially the ivy as that can become a real thug and strangle things.

what to do about these bulbs that have just arrived in the post

Posted: 02/12/2013 at 12:32

Yes, they'll be fine.

I still have tulips to plant!

Drunk wasps all over my fallen apples - advice needed!

Posted: 03/09/2013 at 14:42

If you want to reduce the problem get rid of windfalls the minute you see them. The wasps won't last forever, but they'll very aggressive.

If you wait until nightfall they will be more dopey.


Posted: 03/09/2013 at 14:39

If you want them to flower next year you need to plant fairly large plants now - seeds won't do.


Posted: 06/08/2013 at 23:15

You might find it easier to dab them with insecticide on a cotton wool bud - make sure that you use an insecticide that is suitable for woolly aphid, though. Provado Ultimate Bug Killer should get rid of them.


Posted: 06/08/2013 at 23:11

I'd start by having a careful look at the graft - is everything growing from above the graft?

Anything that isn't is part of the plant it's grafted on to, and needs to be cut right back to the trunk.


Posted: 06/08/2013 at 12:17

You need to use it on the young pieces as well - the problem is that the whole root system will sprout.

It'll take a bit of time, but instead of pulling up each new tree, paint it with your weedkiller and the root will eventually die.

bugs on plants

Posted: 04/08/2013 at 13:21

Might be thrips, and your plant an acuba japonica.

Buy either pyrethrum if you're organic, or any other general insecticide if you're not, and spray as directed on the bottle until clear. Available from garden centres and large DIY chains - go to a garden centre and tell them what you want if you don't feel confident.

Don't do it in bright sunshine, and wait until evening.

You can trim off the worst affected areas first


Posted: 03/08/2013 at 15:15

The top will green up again, but once you cut into the brown wood at the sides that's how itt'll stay.

If you want another tree nearby you'll need to work hard at re-building soil fertility as any tree will deplete it severely.

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