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Unidentified insect

Posted: 03/05/2014 at 17:37

One of the scale insects. The cotton is actually wax which makes them impervious to water. You need to use a horticultural soap to dissolve the wax and then the insecticide part can kill them. Brushing gently with soapy water also works, as does dabbing each one with methylated spirits. Depends on how many there are on the bushes.

grit

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 21:03

Very successful, but you do need to move the cuttings out as soon as they are rooted. I pot them up into a very gritty compost (peat free plus 50% crushed ceramic material). Don't forget though that I only propagate rock garden plants from cuttings.

grit

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 09:08

Not in the least, use which ever is successful for you. I do cuttings in pure sharp sand,no perlite, vermiculite or compost at all. Works for me.

White Primula (alpine)

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 10:04

Unfortunately it will not let me see the larger version of the images. But from a distance they look more like P. japonica alba.

Fungus??

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 15:23

I wouldn't, not yet.. scrape the top 2 inches off and replenish with fresh and feed with a general purpose fertiliser to see what happens.

Fungus??

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 08:27

Sounds more like Oyster scale than a fungus. Spray with a soap based insecticide, or gently scrub them off with soap, or if only a few dab with methylated spirits. They are sap suckers which is why the tree maybe suffering.

Curly leaves on my plum

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 20:59

I have been known to spray with an insecticidal soap made from plants and that does offer some respite. Not easy to get the stuff inside the leaves though where the aphids hide.

 

Any Ideas

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 20:50

Looks like on of the many Geraniums.

Curly leaves on my plum

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 17:45

Not keen on spraying with a systemic insecticide on something I want to eat. We get this every year and ignore it. The trees produce their fruit without seeming to come to any harm.

Just watch out for ants 'farming ' the aphids and take steps to stop the ants from climbing the tree and moving the aphids to new leaves.

Hellebores in April

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 10:41

Agree. If the leaves are looking poor then you need to encourage the plant to make more. Give it a good feed with a high nitrogen content fertiliser. This will encourage new leaves.

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