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Cherry tomato plants - white spots on leaves - any advice please?

Posted: 11/04/2015 at 10:42

Tesni, those look like sun-scorch, caused by spots of water on the leaves when grown under glass.  The answer is to never water tomatoes from above, apply water directly to the compost only.  The damaged leaf edges could also be caused by too low temperatures - don't put tomatoes outside if it is below 10C.

First attempt at growing Tomatoes - Advice needed

Posted: 11/04/2015 at 10:36

Also never remove any shoots which come directly from the main stem and are not at a leaf junction as those are the flowering trusses.  Those will start appearing in a few weeks, typically when the plant is about 10-12 inches tall.

Multiple daffodil shoots

Posted: 10/04/2015 at 16:47

Hi Tomsk, they are bulblets that naturally split from the main bulb - this is the way they usually propagate themselves as seeds often don't fully develop in daffodils.

Leave them as they are and let the leaves die down naturally.  Once that has happened you can split the baby bulbs from the main one and you then have free bulbs for next year!  

They might take a couple of years to reach flowering size though.

English lavender on label

Posted: 10/04/2015 at 15:18

Large chains and supermarkets are often not allowed to put the proper cultivar name onto their pots.  I expect the reason is other retailers complaining to the growers "how come supermarkets are selling "cultivar X" at less than we are paying you for them?!"

Black ants all over my acer.

Posted: 10/04/2015 at 13:54

They generally like a slightly acid soil conditions so it won't hurt to give it a small amount.

Harvest Mites

Posted: 10/04/2015 at 13:52

The vast majority of beetles are ether harmless or beneficial, so as it's not lily beetle, I'd leave them be.

Black ants all over my acer.

Posted: 10/04/2015 at 13:11

It looks ok in that one for now, but it looks like the top might be narrower than the middle?  If so, you'll have a hell of a job removing it in a couple of years when it's root-bound and might have to smash the pot to get it out so I'd be tempted to do it now.  Be careful of not breaking that damaged branch if you do though - perhaps best to leave it for another year to let it fully heal?

Black ants all over my acer.

Posted: 10/04/2015 at 13:05

It looks as though it is healing ok - I'd be tempted to remove the tape but you can always put some new stuff on if it still looks weak.  I'd probably put in a bit of cane in the pot on that side too and tie the damaged branch to it with a soft tie to prevent the wind breaking it.  Good luck with it - Jap. acers can be a bit finicky when it comes to that sort of thing but it looks young and very healthy which gives it the best chance possible of a full recovery.

Reclaimed soil - Potatoes the Answer ??

Posted: 10/04/2015 at 11:59

Dig-in some well-rotted farmyard manure when you plant the spuds and it will almost certainly be fine.

Potato Vine

Posted: 10/04/2015 at 11:57

I grew mine in a large pot for a couple of years - seemed to like it (extremely floriferous) and easy to control.  It went in the ground last spring and failed to flower but looks covered in buds right now.

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