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Posted: 28/09/2016 at 20:24

I would bring them inside before temperatures start dropping much below 10C, Aym.  The ideal temperature for growing them indoors is about 15 to 18C, so better in an unheated part of the house and definitely not above a radiator as that will make them go into dormancy much earlier than otherwise.  I grow mine on windowsills and they are just starting to flower now and will go on until about April.  Six months of flowering isn't bad, is it! 

Laurel bushes

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 15:00

Not much available to us amateurs these days Colin but you could try Rose Clear.  However, keeping an eye on it and regularly snipping off any affected shoots while ensuring it is fed and watered well is far more nature friendly will keep nearly all problems at bay.  Laurel is tough stuff.

Using scarified lawn thatch as mulch over Dahlia beds

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 14:55

The only problem is the thatch will probably contain grass seeds.  I would compost it before using which will kill a large proportion of seeds.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 14:52

Lots of ivy removed from wall of house and fences, now shredded (the ivy that is, although the fences are definitely on their last legs!)  Fence repairs underway before the next "Don't worry, a hurricane is not coming our way" is uttered by some random weatherperson!

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 14:49

Sunny earlier but overcast now.  22C though!

Chilli plant overwintering

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 14:47

Bring them indoors Dan.  They will not survive in an unheated greenhouse.  Absolute minimum temperature they'll keep growing at is about 12C.  If it goes a few degrees below that for any significant length of time they will perish.  An indoor windowsill is ideal, the sunnier the better.

Pear rust - huge tree affected

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 13:35

The spores are produced when the knobbly pustules are produced underneath the orange spots.  One reason for removing leaves which show rust spots is to prevent the spore producing organs from forming, lessening the amount of spores produced to go on and infect junipers.  For that reason I would still recommend removing affected leaves as soon as you see them.  However, if that means removing most of the leaves from the tree I agree it may do more harm than good.  I have had some success in cutting the affected part of each leaf away with scissors on young trees so as much leaf area as possible is preserved.  Of course, if the spot is near the base of the leaf then the whole leaf is removed.

In the case of large trees, all you can really do is sweep up and burn fallen leaves.


Posted: 28/09/2016 at 13:02

Hi B3, depends on what size pots they came in.  I find that they do fine as houseplants in 5"/6" (13/15cm) pots for several years.  The compost needs refreshing when they come out of dormancy.

Sarah Raven has some good tips on how to nurture them:

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Tree fungus identification

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 12:35

Do keep an eye on the tree though.  As Nutcutlet says, bracket fungi growing from the trunk means that the heartwood of the tree is rotting and this will weaken it, eventually to a point where the wind could bring it down.  However, from the photo it does look like a large root has been severed in the past and it could just be that dead root which is producing the fungi.

Planting blueberry bushes

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 12:28

Snap, Verdun!

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