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Holly leaves

Posted: 15/01/2017 at 18:46

Snap, nut!

Holly leaves

Posted: 15/01/2017 at 18:45

Holly is in the Angiosperm group (flowering plants) but pines are in a completely different  group called Gymnosperms (conifers, cycads and related) so there is no link.

fruits and veggie on a balcony

Posted: 15/01/2017 at 18:03

Hi Paolo and welcome!
There are plenty of fruit trees which can be grown in pots and so would be suitable for your balcony.  If you search for 'patio fruit trees' you should find lots of suppliers, some on Amazon who may deliver to Paris.

Many, many types of vegetables can be grown in containers, bags, boxes or pots.  Again, the keyword (at least for english web sites) is 'patio', so google for 'patio vegetable seeds' to find suppliers.  Lots of folk on here grow vegetables in containers and I'm sure can help further.

Raspberry conundrum...

Posted: 15/01/2017 at 17:52

Fully agree fidgetbones.  As the Glen ample won't fruit in 2017 because of being completely cut down, I would suggest moving those and perhapscreating a new bed for them.  This will allow the Polka to colonise the bed and you won't need to worry about the the two types becoming mixed, which will certainly happen.

Non flowering Viburnum

Posted: 14/01/2017 at 18:04

I would not feed it again as they can switch to putting on vegetative growth if they get too much nitrogen.  Does it get lots of sun?

Propagator Help

Posted: 12/01/2017 at 19:17

Bee, from memory the sand was about 18C I think.  I used a heated bench with the top removed so would leave the lid off if using a standard propagator for this type of use.

Propagator Help

Posted: 12/01/2017 at 18:53

One of the best things to do with a heated propagator over winter is to root hardwood cuttings.  I find they really, really appreciate the bottom heat and took more than a dozen cuttings from a callicarpa last winter, expecting 2 or 3 to 'take'.  Every single one rooted and had to give most of them away!

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 12/01/2017 at 18:39

Temp under 4C all day, 1C now and falling.  Been raining most of the afternoon - hoping for snow myself. Leics.

Cyclamen query

Posted: 11/01/2017 at 18:41

Yes, it's c. persicum.  I don't think that's whitefly (too small) but looks like some kind of fungal infection and suspect it has been a bit over-watered and kept somewhere a bit too warm.  It shouldn't kill the plant but will affect buds and new leaves so I would be tempted to give it a spray of a fungicide such as Bayer garden fungus fighter.  As Dove said, only water them when dry, from the bottom and do keep it somewhere cool.

Vegetables/edible plants to grow in flower beds/borders

Posted: 10/01/2017 at 18:37

Runner beans were originally grown as ornamental plants, if you have any fences to grow them up.  There are red, white, purple and red/white flowered varieties.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Winter soft fruit pruning

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They're about now! 
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Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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