Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Clematis from seed?

Posted: 11/06/2012 at 22:18

I've successfully grown Clematis integrifolia and mandschurica (both herbaceous types) from seed which was quite easy, particularly integrifolia, which I've grown from seed made by my existing plants. Large flowered varieties are a different matter though as they tend not to produce many viable seeds and are harder to germinate as well as not coming true to type from seed.  Those take several years to mature to the flowering stage.  Commercially, all large flowered types are propagated from cuttings. However, there is always a chance of developing a new variety if you have the patience!

Cucumber stem rot ?

Posted: 11/06/2012 at 18:55

If it has a localised fungal infection which hasn't spread to the rest of the plant, it will die above the rotting section anyway, so I would cut it off about 6 inches below the wound, just above a leaf joint.  What you don't want is for the fungus to set fruit (which will be hair-like and almost invisible) as they will release spores into the air which may infect other cucumber plants.  If the rest of the plant is uninfected, it should produce side shoots from some of the junctions between the leaves lower down and the stem.  Select the strongest of these as your new main stem and it may grow OK from there.  Good luck!

Talkback: How to plant a grapevine

Posted: 11/06/2012 at 18:28

Hi sallyannie,

Where are you located?  In the majority of the UK, grape vines are fully hardy so you don't have to worry about Winter protection.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 10/06/2012 at 14:55

Lovely day here so far, with sun and passing clouds.  After all of the rain lately, I'm sure I can actually hear things growing!  Unfortunately, serious amounts of the wet stuff forecast for tomorrow though, so planting out the last of the sprouts today - at least they'll get a good watering in tomorrow!


Posted: 10/06/2012 at 14:43

"but" not "bust" - we need the edit function fixing asap!


Posted: 10/06/2012 at 14:41

Check the centres of them and make sure there are still small leaves growing there - this is where the head will come from (if you get any!)  Sometimes slugs, snails or pigeons will eat the juicy young centres and if this happens, the outer leaves get bigger and bigger, but no new leaves or the head will develop in many varieties.  Some varieties will produce sideshoots in this situation, bust most cauliflowers I have grown will not do this.

veg suggestion please!!

Posted: 10/06/2012 at 14:36

Not really - hungry slugs will still damage any plant even if they don't like it much!  The only real solution is to get rid of the slugs, reduce their numbers significantly or prevent them from reaching your veg.  Personally, I use organic slug pellets and an occasional night visit with a torch to pick them off.

Talkback: Top 10 plants for containers

Posted: 10/06/2012 at 13:37

Actually, vine weevils can climb very well indeed (even up glass!), but they can't fly, as you say.  I've even had them in hanging baskets supported only by wire, so they are pretty good acrobats - the squirrels of the insect world, if you like!

Page numbers not working in My Posts

Posted: 10/06/2012 at 13:31

I have the same problem so assuming it's a technical issue with the site?

Digging fork

Posted: 09/06/2012 at 19:49

Sounds like an excellent bargain, Kathy!

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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Planted many years ago 
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On Freeview/Sky 
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