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unknown tree

Posted: 01/08/2016 at 19:53

The way the topmost leaf is 'unrolling' makes me pretty sure it's a magnolia.  I don't know any other tree which grows that way.


Posted: 01/08/2016 at 19:17

Once the webs form on the tips of the plants, a red spider mite infestation has reached serious proportions.  The cucumber is finished so get rid of it.  Remove any webbing from other plants in your greenhouse and spray everything (especially the undersides of all leaves) with SB Plant Invigorator.  This sort of glues the mites (which are resistant to nearly all known pesticides) in place and they die. The SB is also a foliar feed which will help plants recover.  Repeat two or three times before introducing the spider mite predator.  The above is the only way to clear them which I can personally vouch for.

In future years, keep a close eye on the plants as spider mite will over-winter in your greenhouse cracks and crevices.  Regularly spraying the inside of the GH with a fine mist of water will help as they don't proliferate so fast in humid conditions.

Can anyone help identify these two fruit trees?

Posted: 01/08/2016 at 19:03

Your pear tree will be a 'family' tree with two (and possibly three) types grafted onto it.  With some types of grafting (eg bud grafting) it's almost impossible to see where the nursery made the grafts once it is several years old.  It's difficult to identify apple varieties but, if it's any help, my Cox's Orange Pippin fruits look identical to yours at the moment.

What is this plant ?

Posted: 30/07/2016 at 18:13

And worth about 10x plus what a delphinium costs so you did very well!

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 30/07/2016 at 18:07

Just been out and harvested a kilo of large juicy blueberries.

Ealier picked potatoes, romanesco, baby carrots, broad, french and runner beans to go with roast beef for dinner.

All the effort earlier in year is beginning to show the benefits! 

'But they said anyone can grow this plant!'

Posted: 29/07/2016 at 19:02

Japanese anemone and Lily of the valley.  Both renowned as being invasive but just turn into compost for me!

Last edited: 29 July 2016 19:04:02

Plant ID please

Posted: 29/07/2016 at 18:57

Angel's fishing rod (Dierama),  Daisy.  Lovely things.  

Chillier no heat!

Posted: 28/07/2016 at 21:31

I agree with Ladybird.  Chillies cross pollinate readily (even with sweet peppers) and there is absolutely no telling what you'll get from plants grown from saved seed, especially if the 'mother' plant was an F1 hybrid (with F1 hybrids, even pollinating with another identical plant won't produce 'true' seeds.)  To guarantee the type of fruit you want, grow them from seed bought from a reputable seed merchant.

However, as Pete said they may well get hotter later in the season, especially if we get some more hot weather.  Most of the heat is in the seeds so try chewing a few of those on their own - if no heat then not much hope for that outcome.

Leaf Minor

Posted: 28/07/2016 at 21:17

 Nearly all Horse chestnuts trees in the UK are now infested with the Horse chestnut leaf mining moth which first appered in about 2002.  If the tree is on it's own, you can try gathering up all fallen leaves in autumn and burning them which may mean less damage the following year but if there are a lot of other conker trees in the area it will make little difference.  It is thought that they won't kill the trees but I personally think they will be weakened over a number of years and this may lead to other diseases and pests causing more serious damage and early death.  See here for a survey you can take part in:

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