Alina W

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Posted: 03/06/2012 at 14:56

The most natural-looking way is to take out about a third of the branches back to the base every year - they will produce new low shoots, and over three years you'll get a bushier and shorter plant.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 03/06/2012 at 12:48

It's raining here, has been all night, and the temperature is 8C.

I feel so sorry for anyone having parties today.

Acer Palmatum Shishigashira

Posted: 02/06/2012 at 18:15

It might also be dwn to the strange weather and the cool spell after the hot days of March, in which case it should right itself in time, but perhaps not until next year.

japanese maple

Posted: 02/06/2012 at 18:07

Sounds like you damaged the roots significantly. Best thing to do is to keep it in a sheltered spot and see what happens. Don't over-water it now that it has no leaves - keep it just moist.

Depending on its age and size, there is a chance that it'll produce fresh leaves, either this summer or next spring.

strawberry runners

Posted: 02/06/2012 at 18:01

You can pin them down to the ground so that they root, when you can separate them from the parent plant - you then will have baby plants for next year.

However, if this is your strawberries' first year, many remove the runners so that the plant doesn't spend energy on them - it'll produce more next year.

trimming blackcurrants

Posted: 02/06/2012 at 16:51

Since blackcurrants fruit on young wood, if you trim the young growth you will lose fruit next year.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 02/06/2012 at 14:32

Cool and overcast here, too, with rain predicted tomorrow - typical bank holiday weather!

Good to see you back, Frank

Acer Palmatum Shishigashira

Posted: 02/06/2012 at 13:56

It might be short of light - acers do need at least some sunshine to get good colour on their leaves.

You could also try giving it a feed in case it's hungry.

Poorly Rose

Posted: 02/06/2012 at 13:54

Was the manure well-rotted? If not, it will damage the plant and needs removing.

If the manure was all that you gave it, it may have exhausted the nutrients in the pot. Scrape off the top two inches of compost, add some rose food (available from garden centres) and top with fresh compost.

Have you been watering it frequently? It will have dried out very quickly in the hot spell we've just had.

Finally, have you checked the compost for vine weevil? Look for white, C-shaped maggots with a dark head, about a cm long.

Are Rhododendrons roots poisonous?

Posted: 02/06/2012 at 12:50

That's interesting, Gary, and makes perfect sense.

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