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plant id please

Posted: 23/05/2014 at 21:49

I think it's a natural variegation.  This can occur in many species and is a result of genetic mutation.  Sometimes there is still enough photosynthesis going on for the plant to remain healthy, sometimes not and they eventually die.  Only time will tell if it's going to be worth keeping.  If it flowers, sets seed and any of the resulting seedlings also show variegation, plant breeders may be interested in it.

Oh no, lily beetles are back!

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 22:58

Hi Zoomer, they're not particularly good at it, but like most beetles they can fly..


Non fruiting apple tree

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 19:37

Have a look on the orangepippintrees site which has lots of info on types.  According to them it's a flowering group 2 and a list of pollination partners are here, so check that your other varieties are in the list:

If so, it might just need another year to get going properly.



Cobweb-Like Material on Olive

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 18:56

It could be spider mite - you'll need to use a magnifying glass to check as they are too small to be seen with the unaided eyes of most people.


Help with Weed/plant identifcation

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 18:41

Google for "caper spurge" and see if it looks like that.

Non fruiting apple tree

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 18:39

Some varieties tend to go in 2-year cycles with masses of fruit one year, little or none the next.  What variety of cooker is it?

What veg are you growing this year?

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 22:32

Apart from spuds (4 varieties, 20 of each), I've gone for more variety and less quantity this year.  10 types of tomato, 5 types of sweet pepper, 2 types of chilli, broad, runner, yardlong & French beans, 5 types of winter squash, summer pumpkin, cucumber, red & white onions, shallots, cabbage, 5 types of lettuce, mangetout, leeks, sweet potatoes, parsnips, 5 types of carrot.  On the fruit front, 2 types of blackberry, 4 types of raspberry, 6 types of blueberry, 2 types of honeyberry, gojiberry, gooseberry, 2 types of plum, 5 types of apple, 2 types of cherry, 6 types of strawberry, lingonberry, worcesterberry, wineberry, chokeberry.  I don't have a massive garden so not quite sure how I've managed to squeeze all that lot in!  

Is this a kind of Euphorbia ?

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 19:45

There have been a lot of ID requests for Caper Spurge this year.  I wonder if the last winter (what there was of it) particularly suited them, or maybe they are becoming more common in the wild?

food for fruit trees

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 19:31

You can't really go wrong with fish, blood and bone.  The feeding roots of fruit trees are towards the end of the roots which tend to spread out about as far as the branches do, so sprinkle the FB&B around that area, avoiding putting any very near the base of the trunk.  For best results, water it in and mulch the area with compost or bark chippings etc. afterwards.  Don't grow grass or other plants under the canopy if you can help it as they will compete with the tree and reduce the crop.

Bell Peppers

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 19:06

If they are still in the propagator, they need to be removed asap.  Only keep seeds in one of those until they germinate, after that an indoor windowsill is a good place for them until the night temperature in your greenhouse (or outdoors) doesn't drop below 15C.  Leaving seedlings in propagators leads them to quickly become weak and leggy, which is what sounds like has happened to these.

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