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Plant I.D. Confirmation

Posted: 21/08/2017 at 19:26

It will take longer than that Torg, probably a couple of months.  You can help it by making a small cut on the underside of the bark where it is touching the ground and burying that section slightly.  Put a large stone or similar over the buried part to make sure the wind doesn't cause the branch to lift which would damage any developing roots.

Red and Black Currants with unidentified problems

Posted: 21/08/2017 at 19:22

I think fidgetbones is correct and that currants are only suitable for a cooler climate.  Wikipedia says this:

"The blackcurrant (Ribes nigrum) is a woody shrub in the family Grossulariaceae grown for its piquant berries. It is native to temperate parts of central and northern Europe and northern Asia where it prefers damp fertile soils and is widely cultivated both commercially and domestically."

Plant I.D. Confirmation

Posted: 21/08/2017 at 19:12

Yes, it is indeed a Cotinus.  Mine roots where the branches touch the ground so you are doing the right thing.

Non Flowering Hibiscus

Posted: 21/08/2017 at 19:09

If it's any consolation, I have had two for 3-4 years and neither have ever flowered.  I moved one to my south-facing front garden so it would get as much sun as possible but forgot about a tall perennial which came up in front of it, so will have to move it again when the leaves fall!

Seedy, tiny strawberries!

Posted: 20/08/2017 at 17:41

If you want 'normal' sized strawberries, good ones I can vouch for include Cambridge Favourite (as old as the hills) and Elsanta.  Honeyoye is a bit earlier and heavy cropping and a decent late cropper is Florence, at least in the first 2 years.  I'm trying Mara des Bois as an 'everbearing' type but this is their first year and not much of a crop.

Which selection of fruit to grow?

Posted: 20/08/2017 at 17:28

As far as the fruit trees go, the main thing to look for are ones on dwarfing rootstock as 2.1m isn't very high for the majority of free-standing trees.  A better solution might be to grow cordons or espaliers if you can construct a frame.  Many suppliers now stock 'patio' fruit trees which are meant to be grown in large containers but will have all of the attrributes required.  You are not going to get fruit from a new apple tree for at least a couple of years (well, you shouldn't let any fruit set in the first year at least to allow the roots to establish) and perhaps longer for the cherry and pear.  My cherry trees took 3 ot 4 years before they even started blossoming.

You can buy compact varieties of blackberry - have a look at Chris Bowers site.

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Is this a weed?

Posted: 20/08/2017 at 14:46

Oxalis corniculata aka creeping wood sorrel.  It can become a real nuisance and is difficult to control, unfortunately.

Chaenomeles question

Posted: 20/08/2017 at 14:14

I would give it a go as 30cm is a fair bit of soil as long as you use garden soil or JI #3, either mixed with some well-rotted manure.  You may have to water it often but you'd need to do so even more often in a pot, especially as it will be under the eaves.  They are fairly slow growers so it's not going to become rampant and require huge amounts of water.


Posted: 20/08/2017 at 14:09

Hope so as they are cheap enough (£3.89 on ebay) but looks like some of the screws have 'torx' heads, so might cost a bit more for a torx screwdriver set if jbol doesn't have one.


Posted: 20/08/2017 at 13:58

Drive belt?

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