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Curling fuschia leaves

Posted: 07/06/2017 at 18:54

Not that I know of Nicola.  Aphids also cause distorted leaves though, so check your other plants for those.  It's possible that they may now have been eaten by ladybirds or other predators, so you may not see many.  The only other possibility I can think of which would affect most plants is soil contamination - have you put anything down recently, such as manure or compost?  There is currently some about which is contaminated with a weedkiller called aminopyralid which you can read about here:

Curling fuschia leaves

Posted: 06/06/2017 at 22:39

Looks like it could be fuchsia gall mite, which are too small to see with the naked eye:

Bad news if it is.

Tomato plant advice

Posted: 06/06/2017 at 17:14

That seems to be a cordon variety, so nip out those sideshoots.  According to what I've just read, they need a fairly sheltered position if grown outside so as you have planted it by the wall it should be ok.

Last edited: 06 June 2017 17:15:17

onion curl problem

Posted: 06/06/2017 at 17:04

Hi Nikki, it sounds like onion fly, allium leaf miner or leek moth, links for each below:

Dig one up and see what you can find.

Last edited: 06 June 2017 17:05:40

Tomato plant advice

Posted: 06/06/2017 at 16:55

Dou you know what variety they are, Sam?  If they are a cordon type, you need to remove any sideshoots growing where a leaf meets the main stem - I can see one about half-way up the photo on the left.

Other than that, as soon as you see the first tiny tomato forming, feed them once a fortnight with a liquid tomato feed (eg tomorite), diluted as per the instructions on the bottle.

Hawthorn root rock

Posted: 06/06/2017 at 14:56

I've rotated the photo for you, below.  The tree is leaning at an angle, so you need to remove the existing tree-tie and re-tie it lower, at the point I've put a green line.  If you can get someone to help you bend the tree back to an upright position, you can use the tree-tie to help keep it upright.  As treehugger said, get rid of the cane.  If you can't easily straighten the tree or think you could break it, I would wait until it has lost its leaves at the end of autumn, dig it up and re-plant it vertically.

Last edited: 06 June 2017 14:57:38


Posted: 05/06/2017 at 18:37

They look fine, yarrow2.  They are perennial and will come back each year and will probably multiply by producing small bulbs at the side of the main ones.  There will normally be several flowers on each stem.  Once they finish flowering, let the stems die down naturally and eventually they will go dry and brown at which point they can be easily pulled from the soil, or cut off at soil level.  No need to lift the bulbs but keep the pot somewhere sheltered and preferably frost-free over winter.  You can feed them using a general purpose liquid feed about once a fortnight while they are growing.

One more thing - keep a close eye on them and look for any red lily beetles which you should remove and crush if you see one.  If you don't they will lay eggs which hatch and the larvae will decimate the plants:

Bird sh*t on my sweetcorn

Posted: 04/06/2017 at 21:09

Bird shit contains a lot of nitrates, something which will help your sweetcorn to grow.

Identification help please

Posted: 04/06/2017 at 21:02

The plant in the 2nd and 3rd photo's is fasciated:

Identify this climber

Posted: 04/06/2017 at 16:19

You're welcome, Kenn2.  The berries turn red and can be spectacular:

However, I don't think I'd let it grow in my garden.

Last edited: 04 June 2017 16:21:00

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