Alina W


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Dicentra (Bleeding Heart)

Posted: 03/08/2013 at 14:26

I divided mine in spring, if that's any help.

BUSY LIZZIES

Posted: 02/08/2013 at 13:04

The surviving plants had some resistance and the hot weather has killed off the virus, which needs damp to thrive.

No, this doesn't make the busy lizzie problem any smaller next year - it needs years of breeding to build up natural immunity.

Help the bride

Posted: 27/07/2013 at 19:46

Potted chrysanthemums and dahlias come to mind. The dahlias are still around, and the chrysanths will be coming in to garden centres very soon.

Orchids

Posted: 27/07/2013 at 19:42

If it's still green, no, because the spike will produce more flowers.

If, however, the spike is brown and dry, yes.

when to plant rose in garden

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 21:56

The only thing I'd add is if you plant out your rose now, you must continue to water it as if it was in its bucket for at least six months - the roots won't have spread far enough to support it until next spring and even then, don't let it dry out next summer, either.

It's quite a large rose, and does need adequate water. Don't worry about pruning it hard back - that is really for bare-root roses not pot-grown ones.

Just prune it normally to stop wind rock in autumn, and as normal in spring.

Leaf cutting bee help URGENT

Posted: 20/07/2013 at 17:59

Good luck on both counts, Berghill!

Tree dropping leaves

Posted: 20/07/2013 at 17:57

Are the shoots from the roots dropping their leaves as well?

If so, the tree is very short of water, as suggested above - try giving it a good soak at the roots.

A picture would be useful, though.

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.

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