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Non fruiting apple tree

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 18:39

Some varieties tend to go in 2-year cycles with masses of fruit one year, little or none the next.  What variety of cooker is it?

What veg are you growing this year?

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 22:32

Apart from spuds (4 varieties, 20 of each), I've gone for more variety and less quantity this year.  10 types of tomato, 5 types of sweet pepper, 2 types of chilli, broad, runner, yardlong & French beans, 5 types of winter squash, summer pumpkin, cucumber, red & white onions, shallots, cabbage, 5 types of lettuce, mangetout, leeks, sweet potatoes, parsnips, 5 types of carrot.  On the fruit front, 2 types of blackberry, 4 types of raspberry, 6 types of blueberry, 2 types of honeyberry, gojiberry, gooseberry, 2 types of plum, 5 types of apple, 2 types of cherry, 6 types of strawberry, lingonberry, worcesterberry, wineberry, chokeberry.  I don't have a massive garden so not quite sure how I've managed to squeeze all that lot in!  

Is this a kind of Euphorbia ?

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 19:45

There have been a lot of ID requests for Caper Spurge this year.  I wonder if the last winter (what there was of it) particularly suited them, or maybe they are becoming more common in the wild?

food for fruit trees

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 19:31

You can't really go wrong with fish, blood and bone.  The feeding roots of fruit trees are towards the end of the roots which tend to spread out about as far as the branches do, so sprinkle the FB&B around that area, avoiding putting any very near the base of the trunk.  For best results, water it in and mulch the area with compost or bark chippings etc. afterwards.  Don't grow grass or other plants under the canopy if you can help it as they will compete with the tree and reduce the crop.

Bell Peppers

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 19:06

If they are still in the propagator, they need to be removed asap.  Only keep seeds in one of those until they germinate, after that an indoor windowsill is a good place for them until the night temperature in your greenhouse (or outdoors) doesn't drop below 15C.  Leaving seedlings in propagators leads them to quickly become weak and leggy, which is what sounds like has happened to these.

Does this need pruning?

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 21:01

You need to prune off all of those shoots at the base of the trunk, Andrew.  They may be coming from the rootstock onto which the tree is grafted and if you let them grow they will take over to the detriment of the variety which has been grafted on to it.  As chicky says, leave it for a month though before pruning them off to avoid a possible Silver Leaf infection.

Gardener's World and the average gardener

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 10:14

I did the same David and quite agree.  I found my mind wandering during GW but not so during Beechgrove.

lilies growth differences

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 10:10

It's probably down to soil temperature, Robert.  Soil in pots warms up much more quickly than the ground, so the potted lilies get a head start.  Those in the ground will likely flower slightly later, so it will effectively extend the period when you can enjoy them!

blackfly

Posted: 16/05/2014 at 22:55

Lorraine, those are a specific kind of aphid called (not surprisingly) 'Lupin aphid':

http://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=653

They are indeed huge and birds seem to avoid them too!

Apple Tree Leaf Disease

Posted: 16/05/2014 at 19:45

The white coating is likely powdery mildew.  Give the roots a feed, a good soaking then apply a mulch.  More from the RHS here:

http://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=253

 

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