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whats happened to my lily?

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 16:44

One of my delphiniums fasciated this year.  It bent back upon itself but has many more flowers than the one you can see just to the left, behind it.  BTW, the white flower spike by the trellis in the background it an 8-9ft tall foxglove!

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/49376.jpg?width=350

mis-shapen raspberries

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 16:29

Yes, I find that on my Autumn Bliss if I treat them that way.  I wouldn't to it to my Polka as I love the big fruits they produce - yum!

poorly clematis

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 16:24

Slugs and snails sometimes scrape the outer part of the stems off near the base and can kill the whole stem this way.  The other possibility is that the pot was allowed to dry out in which case it may be dead, unfortunately.  All you can do is cut the affected stems off just below soil level and wait.  If you are lucky, fresh growth will appear from the roots but be sure to protect this in case molluscs are still around as they'll gobble it up overnight.  The good news is that it isn't clematis wilt as that starts at the tips and works it's way down.

Edit: just saw Dove's post - fully agree - they need large, deep and cool pots.

mis-shapen raspberries

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 16:16

I think the reason Dove asks is that If you leave unfruited canes when you cut back primocanes like Polka, the uncut canes will fruit very early the next year and the new canes which emerge in Spring will fruit at the normal time in Autumn.  It's probably not the best way to treat them though as, overall, the crop will be lower.  It's a good method if you only have room for one type of raspberry though.

Poorly Courgettes

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 16:10

It's always a combination of things KEF - your advice was sound and removing the flower when it dies is good hygiene and will help prevent them rotting from the tip.

All we can ever do is try and mollycoddle things in ways which suit them best but some plants seem to have an inbuilt 'suicide' gene!

Poorly Courgettes

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 14:51

When 'poor' pollination is mentioned in this context, it often means only partial pollination has occurred.  Each seed in multi-seeded fruits like courgettes, strawberries, sweetcorn etc needs to be pollinated.  If only a few of them are in an individual fruit, you can get effects like distorted strawberries, corn with many undeveloped kernels on the cob and oddly shaped members of the cucumber family.  Often the plant will shed such fruit.

Grapes.

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 13:08

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

http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/problem-solving/grape-problems/385295.html

 

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.

Raspberries

Posted: 13/06/2014 at 23:02

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

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