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Do rose seeds really grow.......

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 14:48

Stratification may help them germinate - place the pot in a plastic bag and put in the fridge (not freezer) for 6 weeks, checking regularly for shoots and bring out if any appear or after the 6 weeks is up and place on a windowsill etc.  With a bit of luck that may get them going before next spring.  If you don't want to do that, leave the pot outside in a sheltered spot (eg by a house wall) over the winter.

Turnips

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 14:40

Yep;  They do grow quickly, so plenty of time.

Diseased Almond Tree

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 14:37

Hi Karen, I think the clear liquid oozing from the fruit may be a response to them being attacked by aphids or a bug of some sort (can't really ID that one.)  However, distorted leaves with a red colour sounds like Peach Leaf Curl, which affects almond tress, too.  See the RHS advice on that:

http://www.rhs.org.uk/Advice/profile?pid=232

As long as they aren't all affected, the usual thing to do is remove the distorted leaves.

Turnips

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 14:22

They have bolted - you can enjoy the flowers (bees & butterflies love them too) but the turnips won't now swell, unfortunately.

Plants left by last owner

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 13:25

I'd say a willowherb and figwort.  Don't think the previous owner would have planted them - both appear from wind-borne seeds.

of to move squash plants?

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 13:15

How long have they been planted lesinnl, and how close together are they?

Plants in the squash family hate root disturbance so it could be risky to move them if they have been planted for more than a few days.  Unless they are just inches apart, it might be better to leave them be and train the squash vines (which can grow up to 5 metres or so) away from the pumpkins as they grow.  You'll need to provide extra water if you leave them planted close together and perhaps use a foliar feed to ensure both plants get enough nutrients.

Welcome to the brand new forum

Posted: 07/06/2014 at 17:38

Hi Passionate, just to let you know this site isn't actually run by the BBC (see the bottom of any page) and any comments about the TV programme made in the forums are unlikely to be read by the producers of the TV programme.  It would be better to write directly to the BBC - there may be a feedback link on their website.

Cutting down Poppies

Posted: 07/06/2014 at 16:01

For oriental poppies, I wait until they have all finished in a particular patch then cut the whole plant including leaves and stems down to the ground.  New leaves soon appear which overwinter.  I don't think oriental poppies will send up more flowering stems in the same season, even if you cut the flowered ones out immediately.

With opium poppies I snip the heads off and they usually keep forming new buds from the lower leaf joints for a few weeks but eventually they become rather tatty and either die off of I pull them up.

Help needed to identify blossom tree

Posted: 07/06/2014 at 13:08

Click the "50 suppliers" link on the RHS page nut first linked - you should find one near you.

Pear tree

Posted: 07/06/2014 at 13:04

They can take a good few years to get going, jockpidd.  You can help by feeding it with a good sprinkling of fish, blood and bone in very early spring and mulching the ground around it a few weeks later.  Keep an area of about 2 or 3 feet from the trunk all around clear of grass, weeds and other plants - the mulch will help with that.  More here:

http://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=539

 

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