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Posted: 28/07/2012 at 21:06

Certainly the blue tinge of the plants is one of the symptoms. Have you seen the creatures? They are like white wireworms or centipedes.

The trouble is that there does not seem to be a treatment for them except turning the soil over and allowing it to freeze. They do not like the cold.

Have you tried getting in touch with Rowlawn at They might be able to make some suggestions.

You could also try the stuff used to kill Funngus gnats, Or I have seen  Neem oil suggested.

Best of luck!


Posted: 28/07/2012 at 20:53

If it is Ribes sanguineum in one of its forms then yes the berries are edible, but insipid.

Potting on perennials?

Posted: 28/07/2012 at 12:49

I am just doing the perennials I grew from seed this Spring, but I would not do it much after the end of August. Once the plant has lost its top growth then all root activity stops as well and you would end up with a lot of empty soil round the outside of the pot. This could lead to trouble with sourness etc.


Posted: 28/07/2012 at 12:46

Are you sure of your diagnosis? They are more often found in Glasshouses than outdoors in Britain, except in the very mildest of areas.

Viburnum macrocephalum.

Posted: 27/07/2012 at 10:56

Not well up on trees to be honest. but the trunk certainly is not a Viburnum

confued plant ????

Posted: 27/07/2012 at 10:54

And then you only have to wait about 5 years for it to produce fruit, 99.9% chance it will be a Crab apple too and if allowed to grow on could make a 25 feet plus tree eventually.

Viburnum macrocephalum.

Posted: 26/07/2012 at 16:00

Yes, Viburnums are sometime grafted, but not onto Silver birch. Viburnums are grafted onto Viburnums, often V tinus. Birch is in a genus of its own, Betulaceae and Viburnums are in Caprifoliaceae, along with things like Honeysuckles, Abelia and Diervilla. They are just not compatible in any way.  The Silver birch which grew from your can only have been a seedling.

Viburnum macrocephalum.

Posted: 26/07/2012 at 12:35

Viburnums are not grafted onto Silver Birch trees, so what you grew originally was a seedling in the compost.

Viburnum macrocephalum is not normally grafted on to anything, it grows well on its own roots.

If you need to then treat  it liie a half ripe cutting.

White Beetroot

Posted: 25/07/2012 at 21:20

You can buy White beetroot seeds. Have grown them, but find them far too sweet for our taste.

Sharp sand drainage properties

Posted: 25/07/2012 at 10:50


Our soil is silt over a sand substrate and even after all the rain we have had, the soil is now beginning to become very dry after only a week or so of no rain.

As said grain size and shape determine the ability (if that is the right word) of sand to allow water to pass through.

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