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Posted: 14/06/2014 at 13:08

Please see my reply to the other current thread on grapes:


grape problems

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 13:06

The single most important thing with new grape vines is that they need to establish a good root system.  They can't and won't do that if they are trying to grow and ripen fruit which will take all of the energy stored in the wood, so it may seem harsh but you need to cut the fruit off immediately when you plant or re-pot them.  If you don't do that they could take years to establish properly.  It is irresponsible of GC/DIY stores to sell young vines with fruit on them, but very, very obvious why they do it.

peach curl

Posted: 13/06/2014 at 23:18

Hi Verdun, Yes and it has lovely red flowers too.  I grow it in my East-midlands south-facing front garden, which is a bit of a sun-trap, so it should do exceptionally well down in Cornwall.


Posted: 13/06/2014 at 23:02

I'll second the recommendation for Polka - fantastic variety!

More help needed please . . . .

Posted: 13/06/2014 at 22:55

Red Yucca (Hesperaloe parviflora)

peach curl

Posted: 13/06/2014 at 19:38

Most nurseries selling fruit trees will have it.  Plenty also online if you google. 

peach curl

Posted: 13/06/2014 at 19:20

Susie, I grow a resistant variety called "Avalon Pride" on "Mont Clare" rootstock in a large container (1m x 1m) and although it isn't totally free of Peach Leaf Curl, it is easy to control by picking-off the few leaves which are affected.  Full size peaches and easy to keep to 2m high.  There are now other resistant varieties and those are listed on the RHS advice page, but I can only personally recommend Avalon Pride.


What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 12/06/2014 at 23:13

Is that salvia patens "Cambridge Blue" fidget?  Love that one and have a couple which have survived in the border for 5 years which surprised me.  The darker ones disappeared after a couple. 

This stand of delphiniums is looking pretty good and only half are fully out so far:


And had a nice surprise when I found almost exactly the same shades on this clematis grown from a cutting that I planted in a shady corner and forgot about:



aphids on apple trees

Posted: 12/06/2014 at 22:45

Also check whether ants are running up the trunk as they farm the aphids and carry them around the tree to fresh young growth.  A thick band of vaseline around the trunk (above the level of any tree-tie, if it is staked) will prevent the ants from climbing up.

Mystery Plant?

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 22:21

Looks very much like Kiwi to me.  They grow very quickly and the most noticeable feature is that the growing tips are red and hairy.  I'm not going to give a 100% ID as kiwi though as I can't quite see the photo's well enough.

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