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flowers to fruit

Posted: 28/06/2014 at 15:46

We really need Jennie to tell us the variety as they vary so much (due to the way they've been bred.)  There's not a universal answer unfortunately.

Anyone good with tricky seeds

Posted: 28/06/2014 at 15:16

Nice one, nut.  I've now been banned from using the fridge for gardening purposes (keep forgetting to wash my mitts!) but have an idea..  I'll tell OH we need a new one and can then stick the old one in the garage.

Winter / Next Spring Bedding

Posted: 28/06/2014 at 15:12

I'm the same, nut.  For many years, absolutely everything in my garden was grown from seed - it's only the last few years I've started buying in shrubs and hardy perennials, and mainly only those cultivars which aren't available from seed.  The acers I've grown from seed are still alive, whereas all of the ones I've planted have eventually succumbed to Honey Fungus, so it does seem you end up with stronger plants.

Anyone good with tricky seeds

Posted: 28/06/2014 at 15:04

I agree with Ladybird and always sow 'tricky' seeds in pots rather than trays and cover the surface with fine grit.  That way you can leave them for a year or two without too many weed seeds blowing in and germinating, and they are easier to move around than trays or modules when you need the space.  I sowed some Dierama (Slieve Donard) in February and only noticed last week that they had finally surfaced.  No sign of the Jap. acers sown last September but I'll give those another year - I think they needed a colder stratification period than we had last Winter - 2 days of frost doesn't really count!

DIFFICULTIES POSTING?

Posted: 28/06/2014 at 14:48

That link I gave seems to be taking you to clearing cookies, which isn't really the same thing.  Google "wiki clear browser cache" will take you to the right page - it'll be the first hit, right at the top.

flowers to fruit

Posted: 28/06/2014 at 13:00

Because they've been bred that way.   Why don't seedless grapes all fall off?  Same answer.  Not helping, am I?!

DIFFICULTIES POSTING?

Posted: 28/06/2014 at 12:56

No issues here, but bumping anyway.  For anyone suffering then it might be worth clearing your web browser cache:

http://www.wikihow.com/Clear-Your-Browser's-Cache

 

Blueberry

Posted: 28/06/2014 at 12:50

Hi bekkie, in your case I think you would be OK as rhodos and azaleas also need acid soil so that looks like what you have.  No harm in adding some ericaceous compost to the hole and mulching beneath the bushes with ericaceous bark will be beneficial. 

Blueberry

Posted: 28/06/2014 at 12:31

Bekkie and anyone else considering this, test your soil pH before planting blueberries in the ground.  Blueberries require a low pH of about 4 to 4.5 to do well.  This is easily controlled in a container by using ericaceous compost but that compost doesn't work so well when added to the ground as the natural pH of your soil will always eventually dominate.  If your soil is alkaline, then it can even kill blueberries or at best the crop will fall dramatically.  Many growers (including myself) find that blueberries actually prefer to be grown in containers and the best advice I can offer is to use large ones.  Fill with a mixture consisting of 50% John Innes formula No 3 (or, alternatively, topsoil), 30% ericaceous compost and 20% well rotted farmyard manure (bagged stuff from garden centres is ideal) all mixed with a handful of fish, blood and bone.  After planting, mulch with a layer of ericaceous composted bark to help keep the roots damp at all times (blueberries have feeding roots very close to the surface and if these dry out, that's when you see problems.)  Feed regularly with a liquid feed which is designed for ericaceous plants.  For the first 2 years, also feed extra nitrogen (eg nettle 'tea') to encourage lots of long, leafy stems to develop - these will bear the fruit in future years.

I do, however, agree that for the vast majority of fruit (well, plants in general) that in the ground is always preferable.  It's just that blueberries are fussy little b*99ers and do require special treatment.

Small clear resin-like drop on plum fruits

Posted: 27/06/2014 at 22:54

It's resin!  The tree produces it as a defence and to help heal itself.  It's the tree equivalent of a human scab.  As fidgetbones said, the most likely cause is that bugs pierced the skin of the fruit.

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