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dormant plant id

Posted: 09/12/2016 at 18:59

Does look like glad seed pods but they have quite small bulbs and the OP said it was huge so more likely a lily I would think.

Hollyhock and rust

Posted: 09/12/2016 at 18:53

Thanks nut, I always thought it was viral rather than fungal!  Just looked up the offending fungus on the RHS site and see it affects several other plants in the family.  They say get rid of all other susceptible plants if hollyhocks are your main 'thing':

I might try them again one year but, like black spot infected roses, I hate the sight of diseased plants and don't have enough border space to hide the worst affected parts so will probably resign them to the list of ne'er do wells!

Hollyhock and rust

Posted: 09/12/2016 at 18:23

Almost certainly, Rubyleaf.  Once a virus infects a plant, it will probably go down to the roots.  You could wait and see if the new leaves next year show any signs but the danger is that if they are still infected, it will likely spread to any new plants you grow.  To be safe, I would dig them up and dispose of them in your domestic waste - definitely don't put any part of them in a compost heap.

Hollyhock and rust

Posted: 06/12/2016 at 18:35

My experience is that if hollyhocks are infected with rust, there is nothing you can do to save them.  I had to give up growing them completely as no matter whether I grew from seed or bought plants, they always became infected in no time.  No difference in pots or ground.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 04/12/2016 at 17:52

Potted some bare root peonies which arrived on Friday.  They don't look up to much much so will need growing on for a few years I think.  Moved some potted azeleas into the cold gh for protection and did a bit of weeding - those blummin' willowherb are popping up everywhere as usual!  Also sowed some clematis seeds I got from a well known member into pots on the heated bench which is set to 10C.

Fox Tail Lilies

Posted: 04/12/2016 at 16:52

I'd keep them in the potting shed over winter, Wild Violet.  That should prevent them from getting too wet and rotting or freezing.  For the potting mix, you could use something like one third perlite to two thirds multi-purpose compost if you don't have any grit.  Plant them out in spring and if any shoots have appeared, protect those from any late frosts by covering with more compost mix or bark etc.

Fox Tail Lilies

Posted: 04/12/2016 at 15:40

I would suggest you plant them now in gritty compost in pots.  Foxtail lilies have fibrous tubers rather than proper bulbs and I don't think bare roots will survive storage until spring.

Fungus where I want to plant roses

Posted: 04/12/2016 at 15:30

I can't see any evidence of a collar on the stems so would suggest this is not honey fungus.  Have a look at the leftmost mushroom in the image on the RHS honey fungus page:

If you can't see that collar on any of the stems of your fungi, I would just go ahead and plant your roses and not worry about it as most fungi are beneficial or have no effect on plants.

What I would suggest is that you dust the roots of the roses with mycorrhizal fungi such as 'root grow' which will help them to establish.  I use this on all shrubs and trees I plant and, having honey fungus in my garden, have not lost any of them since using it.  Whether it provides some sort of protection is a good question which even scientists can't currently answer so I can only give you the benefits of my own experience.

Last edited: 04 December 2016 15:32:47

Sweeten & improve flavor of tomatoes? (cherry)

Posted: 04/12/2016 at 13:06

The sweetness of a tomato is almost entirely down to its genetic makeup, so you need to grow the right variety.  For sweet cherry tomatoes, good varieties are sungold (a yellow coloured one), suncherry premium F1 (red), sweet apertif & sweet millions.

Strange red/pink growth on Dahlias

Posted: 03/12/2016 at 14:56

You could be right - it could be leafy gall rather than crown gall I would think.

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