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Pear Tree leaves

Posted: 11/07/2016 at 13:38

All 4 of my young pear trees are badly affected James and one has it on every leaf like yours.  On that tree, I'm going to try using scissors to cut the affected part of each leaf off (if the spots are near the tip) and will remove the whole leaf if the spots are near the base.  That way there will at least be some leaf area left.  It's important to remove them before the underneath starts producing a lumpy growth as it is that which releases more spores.

As I have no young pears growing, I'm tempted to also spray with a fungicide although those shouldn't be used on edible crops but I would hope the chemicals would be gone by next spring..

Last edited: 11 July 2016 13:39:43

Pear Tree leaves

Posted: 11/07/2016 at 12:36

Pear rust and there's a lot of it about this year.  Pick off all affected leaves and burn them or put them in your black rubbish bin.  See the RHS advice for more info.:

Planting in galvanised water troughs or not?

Posted: 10/07/2016 at 23:00

Plenty of Zinc planters for sale and galvanising is a form of Zinc plating so also think there is nothing to worry about.  Galvanised tanks are commonly found in house drinking water supplies. 


Posted: 10/07/2016 at 22:51

Montana need sunshine to flower so may have been too shady under the bush.  Could it have been cut back too?  They only flower on old wood,

Last edited: 10 July 2016 22:52:33

Id of climber please!

Posted: 10/07/2016 at 22:44

Well, there are 3 sorts of bindweed nut so we've not considered them all.  Black bindweed (Fallopia convolvulus), Hedge bindweed (calystegia sepium) and the field bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis.)  It looks more like one of those than a black or white bryony to me.

Drainage for brick raised bed

Posted: 10/07/2016 at 16:35

I think we'll need to see a photo Alex.

Wrong plant in the wrong place?

Posted: 10/07/2016 at 16:33

It's probably still concentrating on growing roots so I would give it more time.  A new rose will take more than a few months to establish properly.


Posted: 10/07/2016 at 16:27

Looks like a variety of clematis montana judging by the growth habit and leaves.  Those flower on old wood in the spring so you should know early next year.  They are rampant growers so give it plenty of new trellis to climb.  One plant can cover several fence panels and it's often used to cover old sheds etc.  It gets quite heavy.

Tomatoes and basil

Posted: 09/07/2016 at 18:26

I know what you mean Lou - when asked what I grow, the answer is 'ratatouille'!

Tomatoes and basil

Posted: 09/07/2016 at 14:13

Did you harden off the basil before planting it?  Basil is very sensitive to temperature change and leaves turning white is the usual sign of this.

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