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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Is my wisteria going to strangle my tree?

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 09:57

Nutcutlet is perfectly correct - the only living part of a tree trunk is a thin layer of cells just under the bark (sometimes only one cell thick!) known as the cambium.  If this gets restricted all the way around the trunk, the tree will die.  See here for an explanation:



Posted: 04/05/2014 at 21:06

They are 'farming' aphids Lisa.  The ants feed off the sugary waste the aphids produce as they suck the sap of the tree.  You can apply a grease band to stop the ants - I use a thick layer of Vaseline around the trunk of my apple trees to stop them.  The ants also carry young aphids to new leaves.  Don't forget to kill the aphids now you know they are present - a spray with soapy water will do the trick.  

Sweet pepper seed germination - epic failure!

Posted: 04/05/2014 at 11:24

Better to use a windowsill indoors that an unheated greenhouse, NannyG.  The type of seed trays with a clear lid are best.  Chilies and peppers need higher night time temperatures than you will get in a cold greenhouse at this time of the year.

Honeyberry flower bud or fruit

Posted: 04/05/2014 at 11:13

Agreed, young fruit (lucky you!)   The slight purple on the leaves means it got a bit dry at some stage, probably during delivery.

woolly aphid?

Posted: 04/05/2014 at 11:06

As it's an indoor plant, I'd spray with Provado ultimate bug killer, which is systemic and will be absorbed into the plant so is guaranteed to kill them.  Being indoors, there is no chance of the spray harming bees or other wildlife so I have no qualms about using it on pernicious pests on houseplants.


Posted: 04/05/2014 at 11:02

I got a couple of mine from Parkers as they were the cheapest - they are Lonicera Kamtschatica which I think is the most common one but they were very small plants.  I can't remember where the others came from though, maybe Crocus.  Primrose have both Kamtschatica and Moreno as 3 year olds in 3l pots, so perhaps get one of each then you're guaranteed at least 2 types?

What have I done?

Posted: 03/05/2014 at 21:58

Seeing Save after Upload is normal Berkley.


Unidentified insect

Posted: 03/05/2014 at 19:31

I think it's Brown scale - I have them on my Japanese plum but they like a whole range of shrubs:



Posted: 03/05/2014 at 19:11

The plants are as tough as old boots and can stand -40C as well as not being picky about soil pH, so I'd do as mm suggests, but if it is small grow it on in a 25-30cm pot for a year before planting out, which gave good results for me.  Most web sites say they need a pollination partner to fruit well, so I'd get another - I have 5, two of them are 2 years old now and the others are year-olds.  Some fruit seems to have set on the older ones, so looking forward to sampling them in a few weeks.

ID if poss please

Posted: 03/05/2014 at 16:47

Not sure what it is mate, but I've cleaned the pic up for you, so hopefully someone can ID it.

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