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Can someone please identify the problem with this conifer & what to do?

Posted: 11/09/2014 at 20:49

It looks like dieback, possibly from a fungal disease.  I think all you can do is delve inside, cut the dead section out (try to cut a few inches lower than the dead section)and hope the other parts grow to cover the hole.  It looks like a conifer hedge?

Discoloured skin n outdoor grown tomatoes

Posted: 11/09/2014 at 20:29

The blackened stems are a sign that it's almost certainly late blight.  I'd do as you suggest, removing all remaining trusses and binning the main stems.

Best Blueberry Variety?

Posted: 11/09/2014 at 20:12

I agree with David, MrsT and you should remove all dead growth and also any wispy, weak growth growing near the base.  The strong, long shoots are the ones which are going to produce your crop next year.

When to pick green tomatoes

Posted: 11/09/2014 at 20:03

Ideally they should be left on the plants to ripen as long as the plants are healthy.  There is no guarantee that tomatoes picked when they are green will ripen, but if you have to pick them because the plants become diseased, then place them somewhere warm as it is temperature which ripens them, not light.  Storing them with a ripe banana can help as that will release ethane gas which artificially promotes ripening, but keep an eye on them in case any of them (or the banana) begin to rot and remove those.

Plant ID Help

Posted: 11/09/2014 at 17:25

It's a brassica of some kind, possibly a young 'walking stick' cabbage (Jersey kale) although rather small for that.  Was it growing in amongst other plants?  If so, possibly from dropped birdseed - I get a lot of brassicas in my borders from that.

Phlox mould?

Posted: 11/09/2014 at 17:05

Caterpillar droppings?  If there is no discoloration on the opposite side of the leaf to each blob, then it's probably not a rust which tend to discolour on one side and produce a fruiting body on the other side (usually the bottom.) 

plant ID

Posted: 11/09/2014 at 16:58

It's probably a type of amaranthus, but a lot of those are weeds.  When that flower develops, if it is small and not very pretty, it's probably one of the weedy ones and I would have it out before seeds form (they produce thousands and you may end-up with it appearing everywhere!)

 

 

Discoloured skin n outdoor grown tomatoes

Posted: 11/09/2014 at 16:49

Some of the viruses can produce that sort of damage.  There are about 20 of them.  Difficult one this as the damage doesn't match well with images of typical tomato diseases.  It does look like late blight but I would expect lots of obvious symptoms on the leaves and stems and for the diseased areas to be near the top of the tomato.

My money is on a virus.

Help with Wisteria

Posted: 11/09/2014 at 16:40

Because it's only a young plant you should just train and tie-in the longer growths to where you want them as this will form the future structure.  Once it has grown to the size you want, proceed as per fidget's instructions to maximise flowering.

 

plant ID

Posted: 11/09/2014 at 16:34

Any smell when you rub a leaf?

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