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Acer problems

Posted: 03/10/2012 at 12:28

Most Acers are killed or damaged by overwatering or waterlogging - for example putting in a pot too large for it.

Secondly wind - they hate wind, esp young ones

Third - they do take sun, taking more sun with maturity

Fourth - good draining soil, they really do not need acidic soil. A well fertilised soil is great as they have surface roots that feed. A leaf much and they will be happier still.


@ Robin - looks like wind damage to me

To raspberry or not to raspberry?

Posted: 01/10/2012 at 17:18

I have Autumn Raspberries and clay soil. They are doing fine in it. I loosened the soil all around the plants then added compost then bone meal then the plants in with more compost. I can't help but think that all you did was dig a hole and all that did was recreate a pot in the ground that restricts thier growth and probably fill with water, even if you cannot see it, water might pool in the hole you dug, hence you ned to fork (I do not own as a spade as spades and clay do not go together). They only fruit on this years growth, so you need space for them to grow.

Talkback: Vine weevil

Posted: 26/09/2012 at 13:19

Vine Weevil's tend to eat lots of small notches into leaves. My Cercis and Acers had lots of larger, rounded holes that I thought was Vine Weevil. I sprayed with Provado then noticed a few weeks later that it was leaf cutter Bees. So do not automatically reach for the bottle. Make sure you do have Vine Weevil before using insecticide.



Posted: 14/09/2012 at 09:32

Sprinkle some Corn meal around the Hollyhock in Feb and that stops rust. Not had any where the Corn meal was sprinkled but loads on some where no Corn meal was used.



Posted: 04/09/2012 at 22:04

They also grow towards the sun, so if in a shady spot they will bend towards sunlight, further bending them!

no blueberries

Posted: 03/09/2012 at 13:19

I have a few varieties and one that got water logged with all the rain this year lost all the flowers and died back, so no fruit on that one, rest ok. So I think it might just be the flowers died off before they could fruit.


Posted: 03/09/2012 at 13:14

Now is a great time to put them in the ground as it is mild enough for root growth before winter.


Pruning Buxus

Posted: 31/08/2012 at 21:44

I prune in June, as I put larger cuttings in a pot to root (they root by August). I also trim about now. You cit the lighter coloured leaves, not the darker ones which are last years growth.

Weed suppressing membranes for allotment paths

Posted: 27/08/2012 at 14:15

Bark chipping and membrane would be my first choice. Using pine needles works well. They are highly acidic and compact nicely, stopping weeds and can be free if you have a plantation near your house/just after Christmas.

Acer problems

Posted: 27/08/2012 at 14:09

I think it is just autumning, perhaps the top most ones because of wind damage.


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