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Posted: 01/04/2015 at 15:28

It looks like it either has died back because of frost or lack of water. Indoors it keeps growing but you can make it go dormant by reducing water. Frost damage can take a while to see. I would cut it back to where you have a solid stem. If should come back from the roots in a warm area and with water. Always use warm water - I use luke warm water to water every plant, even outside!

Neighbours Conifer

Posted: 31/03/2015 at 21:48

"I'd dig as deep a trench as I could just within my garden and if any roots happen to get chopped then that would be unfortunate."

If you do that and the tree falls down, it will fall down in the direction of the trimmed roots and you will be liable for all repairs and replacing the tree and criminal charges.

Leave the tree alone and move on, you are fussing on nothing - there must be other things you can do to occupy your time other than a tree in a neighbours garden.

Mahonia winter sun problems black spot

Posted: 31/03/2015 at 15:48

Yes it is the same fungus so could spread. It is treatable with that spray: to be safe spray all the nearby plants with the Rose Clear as well.

Mahonia winter sun problems black spot

Posted: 31/03/2015 at 14:29

It does sound like Mahonia Rust - use Rose Clear, which is a fungicide and widely available, to treat it.

Clay soil drainage issue

Posted: 31/03/2015 at 11:42

I have heavy clay and a sloping garden and we use a French Drain to soak away and never get standing water for more than a few minutes after heavy rain. The French drain and adding humus into the soil as per the above has helped a lot. For the lawn I spike over it, esp where it becomes compacted.

Can you add a small ditch next to the path? That should help dry out your side - standing water is never good. I would then decompact it and add air via the humus.

Brunnera macrophyla 'Jack Frost'.

Posted: 31/03/2015 at 10:35

They grow best from rhizomes - if you dig down where some grows you can take some of the thick roots and it should grow - pretty invasive. Leaves grow largest in semi-shade. They do grow from seed - should be flowering now, so seeds in a few months.

I'm trying to root this plant but will it work?

Posted: 30/03/2015 at 19:04

Fatsia are widely planted - if you see black berries, then pick those off as that means the seeds inside are ripe.

Talkback: How to take aeonium cuttings

Posted: 30/03/2015 at 13:43

Same for me SFord - they hated being in the greenhouse overwinter. Have perked up a lot after being brought inside. I had to cut off the tops of 3 of 4 of mine (I am rooting those) and removed part of the stalk (already seeing new growth). Weird as I kept mine above freezing apart from one night when the paraffin ran out and 3 stalks developed rot from frost damage.

I'm trying to root this plant but will it work?

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 16:55

You can root Fatsia from leave but you need to cut off the leaf part itself as it is the heel where it was at the stem that grow roots and the new plant. It really is easier to grow from seed though as it tends to rot.

Mahonia winter sun problems black spot

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 16:53

Can you remove the black spots with a finger or is it in the leaf itself?

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