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Deceased Japanese Acer

Posted: 21/10/2017 at 14:34

Earlier in the week when the gales came through my lovely Acer was downed. It was large and about 30 years old. When I looked at the broken trunk I realised it was diseased and partly callused over. A small section was left behind. It looked as if it severed where it had been grafted onto a root stock.

Monty was planting an Apricot? on GW last night and said to take care of the graft point. That's where I think I went wrong. I had a small glade of Acers and had logs leaves etc piled around for wildlife. I think that's how the graft perhaps got covered and disease set in. 

Just posting this as a caution to others. 


Posted: 13/10/2017 at 13:13

I have a small collection of older varieties and scented leaved ones which aren't particularly easy to replace So I like to keep them if I can. I've overwinrtered In several ways. I have a small unheated greenhouse but I find condensation and damp air a problem. I've found rooted cuttings on a shelf against the garage window do best. It's cold but well above freezing and the plants grow very slowly but importantly the air is dry.Plants in the house keep on growing and get a bit drawn. Mind you larger plants I decided not to overwinter and left against a wall have survived and regrown. 

Problem with Heuchera plant

Posted: 13/10/2017 at 11:55

Hi Kitty yes I'd say soaking works but I  didn't empty pots to check. Obviously you need to plunge in water to the rim of the pot. 

The compost which had vine weevil in and was soaked was tipped into the compost bin yesterday with dead ie drowned grubs visible. 

Problem with Heuchera plant

Posted: 12/10/2017 at 12:43

I do get vine weevil grub damage mostly succulents and primula in pots. I have used provado in the past but I've also drowned the little devils by putting my pots in deep trays and filling with water to soil level and leaving for 24 hrs. Although I'd be careful of doing that with succulents at this time of year. There's nothing sadder than seeing a plant not growing in early spring and realising it's just sitting on the compost with no roots.

Earlier this week I was sorting congested pots of daff bulbs which I hadn't touched since spring. In the mass of new roots were the dreaded grubs although I was not aware of damage. I've shaken out the bulbs and repotted them In fresh compost...fingers crossed. The old compost I put in a plastic trug and cover with water, leave for a few days and then upend it into compost bin. I have to say I'm a squsher of any grubs I see.

What is this, please?

Posted: 10/10/2017 at 22:29

I have a bird gifted one that is hard by a Hawkshead fushia. I couldn't split them so left them to get on with it. The get pruned to ground level in Spring. The interwoven flowering stems are delightful. 

Moving a twisty hazel

Posted: 10/10/2017 at 22:23

Please try and move it..I wish I'd moved mine. I saw my first one in the Spring in a church yard in the Lake District and loved its bare twigs and catkins. When I had a garden I bought a small one and now 25-30 years on its enormouS. We do cut chunks out but it's brobably 10 feet tall and wide. Lovely in winter spring but a big lump of shady boredom in the summer. I wished we had moved it when that was possible. 

Whay is this?

Posted: 09/10/2017 at 21:00

Tradescantia Pallida. In the UK it's a houseplant but it's very easy to grow from cuttings. Here in the NE I use it as ground cover and trailer in pots outdoors. You can root the tips in water, pot up and overwinter in small pots rather than over winter larger plants. 

cutting back orchids after flowering

Posted: 04/07/2017 at 20:23

What sort of orchid is it? If it's a phalaenopsis, common name moth orchid ie the ones sold in Supermarkets ikea etc when the last flower is dying look at the stem. Look for the first notch below where the first flower was and cut off the stem above it. With any luck the orchid will grow another flower stem from that point. Can't help if it's any other sort of orchid.  

Lady's mantle Alchemillia mollis

Posted: 01/07/2017 at 16:05

Just dealt with my floppy AM. I find the flowering stems are easily pulled away one at a time...this stops them self seeding although I've never found that to be a huge problem. I haven't cut back the leaves I'll,wait and see if they perk up a bit.

Small dahlia flowers

Posted: 30/06/2017 at 21:57

I have shallow poor soil in some beds. The dahlias are fed, when planted out the get some blood fish and bone. once growing I feed them say once a fortnight with a balanced fertiliser until the end of June when they are usually in flowe. After that I feed them with tomato fertiliser which feeds the flowers and the tubers but doesn't produce excessive leaf growt. Plus just a reminder to dead head to keep flower production going. 

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