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How to deal with white fungus/mould on apple tree

Posted: 06/06/2015 at 21:02

That looks like it could be woolly aphid rather than a fungus.  Wooly aphid is very common on apple trees.  Check the RHS advice on it, here:

https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=724

 

plants called choc ice

Posted: 06/06/2015 at 17:40

If you have a very large pot, there's a Japanese flowering cherry tree called 'Chocolate Ice'.

There's also a Nigella (aka Love-in-a-mist') called 'choc ice' which is an annual and suitable for a small pot.

Lily bulbs

Posted: 06/06/2015 at 13:17

Perfect, Jason.

Standing Pots in Water in a Tray

Posted: 06/06/2015 at 13:13

If you (temporarily!) stand a pot in a tray of water, the compost will soak up as much water as it needs.  That should take about 30 minutes.  Then remove the pot from the tray.

The advantage is that the compost will be thoroughly wetted all the way through which may not happen when you water from above as it can run straight down, particularly if the compost has been allowed to dry out too much.

Note that most plants will die if you permanently leave them in pots sitting in a tray of water.

Plant ID.

Posted: 06/06/2015 at 13:03

Honesty (Lunaria annua)?  The seed pods on that do look like flat round leaves.

Lily bulbs

Posted: 06/06/2015 at 12:56

Plant them now, being as careful as you can as those shoots will be very brittle.  The bulbs need to be (ideally) about 6 to 8 inches (15-20cm) deep.  If that means all of the shoots are also underground than that is normal - roots will grow from those and they will soon break the surface and the leaves will form.

Ants in container

Posted: 06/06/2015 at 12:32

Generally, if you can get the ants to move on, then aphid problems also disappear.  I often see ants attacking ladybirds which are feeding on the 'herds' of aphids which the ants have carefully moved around to the juiciest parts of a plant.  Once the ants have gone, the ladybirds can get on with the job at hand.  As already said, a good regular drenching usually does the trick.

Onions and leeks

Posted: 05/06/2015 at 22:07

It's the overwintering that's the problem which allows the rust to survive and infect new plants.  Don't overwinter anything this year and you'll have a better chance of being clear next year.

weeds

Posted: 05/06/2015 at 22:04

Most weedkillers take several weeks to work fully.

Weed indentification

Posted: 05/06/2015 at 22:02

Fixed the link for you:

https://www.icloud.com/sharedalbum/#B035n8hH4fAwOF

 Edit: I see you managed it.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Canary

Hope it finds it's way home 
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Last Post: 26/04/2016 at 18:22

Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Last Post: 01/01/2016 at 22:01

Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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Last Post: 19/12/2015 at 21:00

Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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Last Post: 20/09/2015 at 13:33

Drought

No real rain here for weeks 
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Last Post: 07/06/2015 at 18:41

Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Last Post: 06/04/2015 at 17:03

Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Last Post: 19/12/2014 at 16:52

Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Last Post: 27/11/2014 at 21:12

Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Last Post: 14/09/2014 at 13:17

Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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Last Post: 28/07/2014 at 12:28

Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Last Post: 13/07/2014 at 18:04

Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Last Post: 05/07/2014 at 18:52

Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Last Post: 18/06/2014 at 14:32

Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 21:44

A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
Replies: 16    Views: 1388
Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 17:42
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