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Plant identity?

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 14:30

Possibly polianthes tuberosa, but the flowers don't look quite right and it might be a bit early unless you are somewhere warmer than most of the UK.  As Dove says, a better photo of the whole plant might help.

Edit: just read the bit about spreading, so it's not that as they are tricky to grow.

What plant is this please?

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 14:15

The type you have there are annuals.  They come easily from seed so either collect a seed head or leave them to self-seed, although they never self-seed where you actually want them and don't like being transplanted!

uploading images

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 18:07

Here are some images I snagged from the screen which may help:

Use the left mouse button to click on the ones circled in red.

sweetcorn plugs

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 18:03

Yes, give them a bit longer Linda and plant out when 5-6 inches tall.

butternut squash

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 17:05

It's quite normal and they'll probably be male flowers anyway.  Some of mine are doing the same.  I generally find the fruits start setting on those female flowers which appear about a metre away from the main stem.

plant id please

Posted: 23/05/2014 at 21:49

I think it's a natural variegation.  This can occur in many species and is a result of genetic mutation.  Sometimes there is still enough photosynthesis going on for the plant to remain healthy, sometimes not and they eventually die.  Only time will tell if it's going to be worth keeping.  If it flowers, sets seed and any of the resulting seedlings also show variegation, plant breeders may be interested in it.

Oh no, lily beetles are back!

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 22:58

Hi Zoomer, they're not particularly good at it, but like most beetles they can fly..


Non fruiting apple tree

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 19:37

Have a look on the orangepippintrees site which has lots of info on types.  According to them it's a flowering group 2 and a list of pollination partners are here, so check that your other varieties are in the list:

If so, it might just need another year to get going properly.



Cobweb-Like Material on Olive

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 18:56

It could be spider mite - you'll need to use a magnifying glass to check as they are too small to be seen with the unaided eyes of most people.


Help with Weed/plant identifcation

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 18:41

Google for "caper spurge" and see if it looks like that.

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