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Posted: 02/03/2015 at 09:04

They are not invasive in the UK. They self seed in warm weather but they die quickly in frosty weather. If they self seed in the wrong place then you can pull the plant out very easily and that is it gone.

Aralia, how to propagate by suckers

Posted: 01/03/2015 at 12:49

Does the trunk have spikes on it?

Aralia, how to propagate by suckers

Posted: 01/03/2015 at 10:52

What Aralia are you talking about specifically? Am guessing Aralia spinosa or elata but Fatsia and many others have been called Aralia so it can get confusing.


Posted: 28/02/2015 at 08:40

It is a myth that they need to be root bound to flower - it is just a coincidence that that they are mature enough to flower and be well rooted. Root bound also makes them slightly more hardy as water freely drains as it has no where to pool.

As Bilja has said feed them a tomato feed.

Creeping buttercup

Posted: 27/02/2015 at 22:52

Mulching helps a lot

The RHS says:

Creeping buttercup spreads by means of long runners; strong white, deeply penetrating roots that branch from each leaf node. Sub-lateral runners develop to form a vigorous, firmly anchored network of stems.

'Reproduction is usually from seeds but in moist conditions small nodal sections of stems may become established if severed and scattered when roots are beginning to form.'

Now that contradicts itself somewhat! Hunting around in the more formal literature I think I am happy to say that Creeping Buttercup can't regenerate from true roots, but can from a bit of the 'runner' [technically a stolon and for the RHS apparently a 'root' in the first paragraph and a 'stem' in the second!].

The stolon [another example is a strawberry runner] is green if it is growing in the light, but if it has pushed under the soil or is otherwise in the dark then it goes white.

True 'roots' are white and smooth; the stolon is hairy. True roots [of this species] lack the ability to make a new vegetative growth shoot, but the stolon has occasional leaf scales under which is a bud that can regenerate.

cherry tree problem

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 20:32

Fruits falling off can be caused by lack of key nutrients or water. Cherry loves damp conditions. I would add a tomato feed when the fruits are on the tree to help give the tree the necessary nutrients: without looking it up I think it needs more Nitrogen, Potassium and Magnesium when fruiting.

Cheap plants at Aldi!

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 20:27

@treehugger - me too. I bought 2 cherry and 1 apple and ended up with 2 apple trees ('oh my cherry tree has apples'!) and one Quince from Asda trees.  I wanted height at the time and the trees seemed good value but not what I wanted.

I bought 2 'Prunus Cerasifera Princess' trees from Aldi last year for £5 and I absolutely love them and think that they are a bargain, so you can win, sometimes.

I'll say nothing on how badly supermarkets look after their plants.

my japanese garden

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 10:05

I was being helpful denise - suck it up if you think otherwise.

Cheap plants at Aldi!

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 10:02

I got some bargain bareroot Kniphofia from Aldi last year...but they grew into Lupins. Must have been in the wrong bangs and packaging 

Replanting Green Onions/spring onions.

Posted: 25/02/2015 at 17:31

Never thought of this. I have seen carrots and parsnip tops trying to grow in a compost heap but they do not develop. I will try this as I like spring onion, so thank you!

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