BobTheGardener


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Persuade orange tree to flower

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 15:40

They can be a bit fussy about being moved so it might still be 'settling in'.  You're obviously doing the right things for your other citrus to be happy so it might be a case of just having to wait a bit longer.  One thing to be wary of is too much heat if you are growing it in a conservatory or similar.  They can stop growing when it gets to 30C for any significant length of time.

Peeling Apple tree bark

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 15:34

What is growing on the ground underneath?  Ideally, you should keep an area of about a metre radius clear of grass and other plants as the tree's feeding roots are close to the surface.  To feed, use a general slow release fertiliser like blood, fish and bone applied as per packet and gently 'tickle' it in to the surface with a hand fork or a rake.  You can plant spring bulbs in the area so it doesn't look bare though.

Diseased roses

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 15:27

My first thought on seeing that is weedkiller damage.  Is there any possibility that wind could have carried weedkiller spray onto them, perhaps from a neighbour or council kerbside weed control?


There are a few nutrient deficiencies which can look similar but it is rarely that severe and usually affects all the leaves and not just ones on the outside.


Another possibility is that you sprayed the bug killer in strong sunlight.  I have seen bug sprays cause damage to young foliage which is one of the reasons I try not to use them (apart from the obvious one of them killing friendly wildlife such as ladybirds as well as the pests.)

Last edited: 05 June 2016 15:30:16

Peeling Apple tree bark

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 15:18

It looks like it has suddenly found new vigour probably as a result of the pruning.  Have you started feeding the area around the roots recently too?

What is this weed ?

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 14:02

They spread by underground runners as well as seed (which last for decades in the ground) so agree with hoiking them out quick!

Dahlias stopped growing!

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 13:57

Yes, same here when first planted out.  It's always then a race to see whether they pick up before the slugs do too much damage!  Once they get going I find they can take a fair bit of munching without ill effect.

Which weed is this?

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 13:54

Ah, size comparison is always tricky with photos!   There are quite a few things which look similar at that size as you've found when searching!  We'll look forward to seeing how the ones you've potted develop - might be something nice like a cultivated form of verbascum.

wild roses

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 13:47

No, there will be small larvae (grubs) inside.  The wasps involved are tiny - you wouldn't normally even notice them and they don't sting.

Old cherry tree sudden;y oozing sap

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 13:45

It is the equivalent of our white blood cells so they exude sap after any kind of damage.  That could be insect damage, borers or (hopefully not) bacterial canker.  If there are any areas of bark which look recessed compared to the surrounding area then the latter is likely.

Which weed is this?

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 12:48

The weed top right is ivy leaved speedwell, there are a couple of aquilegia seedlings and I still have my money on foxglove seedlings - they are biennial and look a bit different in their 2nd year.

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