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Posted: 25/04/2015 at 10:51

I wouldn't - see my reply to your other thread.


Posted: 25/04/2015 at 10:50

I don't pinch out them at all, just transplant into larger pots once the roots fill the pots they are in.  Pinching out delays flowering and both chillies and peppers need as long a growing season as possible;  as this is relatively short in the UK compared to their native habitat they are best left to their own devices.


Posted: 25/04/2015 at 10:39

Hi marksman, I grow them in small modules, 1 seed per module and transplant into 3 inch pots when they are about an inch tall.  If in a seed tray I would prick them out at the same stage.  They seem to prefer to be gradually moved to larger pots in stages so mine are transplanted into 5 inch pots when the roots reach the sides and bottom of the small pots and then into their final pots when the roots reach the sides/bottom of the 5".  When transplanting, the whole rootball is moved without disturbing the roots.


Viburnum disease help

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 20:05

Fungal or bacterial infection - viburnums are susceptible to several.  Try spraying with a general fungicide like Bayer Fungus Fighter or Westland Plant Rescue.

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 19:16

Thanks RB - they are just lovely aren't they!  I just looked up my order for you - they are "Red Sensation" from Van Meuwen.


Posted: 24/04/2015 at 19:02

I find them more than a little finicky - one year they do OK and others virtually nothing.  I think it depends on how the bulbs have been produced and treated by the suppliers.  I've never managed to get them to flower again in the second year despite trying all sorts of mollycoddling.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 18:52

While cutting the hedge, I found a lonely looking Sarcococca hookeriana I had completely forgotten about lost behind a Dicentra (which is now huge) so moved it to a shady spot near the conservatory so I can enjoy it in the winter.

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 18:42

Mrs BtG loves red flowers, so this is what I planted in the bed outside the back door:


Cherry Tree

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 16:14

You can't effectively preventively spray against blackfly (which are aphids), only deal with them after they appear (if they do.)  However, you can use a grease-band around the trunk to prevent ants climbing the tree as ants 'farm' aphids and carry them around, placing them on the youngest leaves.

Need advice about a new Plum

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 16:05

All you can do is wait Justine.  Assuming you planted bare-root trees, sometimes they sulk and decide to just grow roots for a while before leafing-up, but sometimes they do not take and die.  If you use your thumbnail to scrape off a thin layer of bark near the top of the tree and see green, the tree is still alive.  If it is brown underneath the bark, try again lower down and if that is also brown it's dead and you should ask for your money back.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener


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


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.. 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 17:42
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