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squash crown prince

Posted: 12/07/2014 at 10:45

I grew 3 crown prince last year fidget and they were indeed rampant - they grew to well over 6m!  I left them to their own devices but only had one or 2 fruit set per plant despite hand-pollinating - each was about 4kg,  so I suggest some control may be better and might produce a greater number of more manageable sized fruit.  Perhaps try that with one or two of them?  This year I also have a couple of them and am going to pinch out the main growing tip at 3m as an experiment and when side shoots develop, pinch those out after the first fruit set on each (if they do..)  In addition I have several other varieties and harrier are my best hope for the future - they are producing female flowers much closer to the centre and are supposed to be bushy and less spreading.  We shall see!  Also growing barbara butternut, autumn crown (blurb says average 5 fruit per plant and a bit smaller than c.prince) and pumpkin summer ball which I can't praise highly enough - extremely compact, incredibly productive (think courgettes!) and also store much better than I thought they would.  They are a regular here.  If no-one else with more experience chips-in, perhaps we can report back on this thread about developments/results?

edit: Edd replied while[ I was typing, so looks like pinching out is the thing to do.

Olive tree

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 21:14

Mine grows happily in John Innes no.3 with a fair bit of gritty sharp sand mixed in.  Pot-grown things can be re-potted at almost any time of the year - if you do it now, give it a good watering before and after then leave it until the top inch of soil is dry - one thing they really don't like is wet feet and must have very free-draining soil.

Don't be tempted to try and remove a lot of the old compost from the root-ball when you re-pot it - that won't do it any good at all.  Just put it in a new pot which is about 20% bigger then the one it is now in and pack the new compost down the gap between root-ball and sides of the new container to ensure no air gaps. You could mix a bit of slow-release fertiliser in with the new soil though.

peach tree

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 20:48

I'd leave them be at the moment and do the pruning in spring, just as the flower buds are starting to show colour.  That way you can see which branches are going to bear fruit and can avoid losing too many of those.

peach tree

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 18:50

Avalon Pride is the resistant variety I grow.  It's a 'good doer'!

not enough bees

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 18:46
Winniecat wrote (see)
Good news - this morning I spotted my first teeny weeny pod! Thank you all for your advice

Great news - that'll be the start of the bean avalanche - you soon won't know what to do with them all!

Cercis Forest Pansy

Posted: 09/07/2014 at 23:05

Most fungi will only affect one species of plant so it's unlikely to affect anything else.  On one of the affected branches, is there any black or brown staining of the wood when it is cut through, or beneath the bark if you peel it back?  If so, that is indicative of a fungal infection.  I think it's a good idea to feed it to help it fight whatever the disease is.  The only other thing I can think of is that it's roots are in soil which is (or has been) too wet - any possibility of that?  All of the rain we had over the winter has badly affected a lot of things which prefer free-draining soil like Cercis.

Blueberry bush

Posted: 09/07/2014 at 22:54

It very likely needs to be cross-pollinated deborah, so the answer is to get another variety which flowers at the same time.  Do you know which variety you have?

One last plant ID thread!

Posted: 09/07/2014 at 22:46

'Bump' just means to reply without having an answer to get the question back to the top of the list (many readers only use the 'latest posts' button.)

I think it might be a young Shasta daisy.  If so, it might flower soon otherwise it definitely will do next year.

Bird Food Suppliers

Posted: 09/07/2014 at 22:42

I use Johnson and Jeff 'Superior wild bird food - husk free'.  20-23 quid inc. delivery for 20kg.  It smells lovely too - aniseed in there I think and nothing gets left!

Cercis Forest Pansy

Posted: 09/07/2014 at 22:24

Cercis Canadensis can be cut hard, right back to close to the ground (aka coppicing or stooling) and that may be the best thing to do in this case as it sounds like you will have lost the natural shape because of needing to prune out the dead branches.  Doing this will (hopefully) remove all diseased wood (eg if it is a fungal infection) and being 3 years old it should have a well established root system so should recover well.  The time to do it is in February or early March before any leaves are showing.

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