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mis-shapen raspberries

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 16:16

I think the reason Dove asks is that If you leave unfruited canes when you cut back primocanes like Polka, the uncut canes will fruit very early the next year and the new canes which emerge in Spring will fruit at the normal time in Autumn.  It's probably not the best way to treat them though as, overall, the crop will be lower.  It's a good method if you only have room for one type of raspberry though.

Poorly Courgettes

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 16:10

It's always a combination of things KEF - your advice was sound and removing the flower when it dies is good hygiene and will help prevent them rotting from the tip.

All we can ever do is try and mollycoddle things in ways which suit them best but some plants seem to have an inbuilt 'suicide' gene!

Poorly Courgettes

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 14:51

When 'poor' pollination is mentioned in this context, it often means only partial pollination has occurred.  Each seed in multi-seeded fruits like courgettes, strawberries, sweetcorn etc needs to be pollinated.  If only a few of them are in an individual fruit, you can get effects like distorted strawberries, corn with many undeveloped kernels on the cob and oddly shaped members of the cucumber family.  Often the plant will shed such fruit.

Grapes.

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 13:08

Please see my reply to the other current thread on grapes:

http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/problem-solving/grape-problems/385295.html

 

grape problems

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 13:06

The single most important thing with new grape vines is that they need to establish a good root system.  They can't and won't do that if they are trying to grow and ripen fruit which will take all of the energy stored in the wood, so it may seem harsh but you need to cut the fruit off immediately when you plant or re-pot them.  If you don't do that they could take years to establish properly.  It is irresponsible of GC/DIY stores to sell young vines with fruit on them, but very, very obvious why they do it.

peach curl

Posted: 13/06/2014 at 23:18

Hi Verdun, Yes and it has lovely red flowers too.  I grow it in my East-midlands south-facing front garden, which is a bit of a sun-trap, so it should do exceptionally well down in Cornwall.

Raspberries

Posted: 13/06/2014 at 23:02

I'll second the recommendation for Polka - fantastic variety!

More help needed please . . . .

Posted: 13/06/2014 at 22:55

Red Yucca (Hesperaloe parviflora)

peach curl

Posted: 13/06/2014 at 19:38

Most nurseries selling fruit trees will have it.  Plenty also online if you google. 

peach curl

Posted: 13/06/2014 at 19:20

Susie, I grow a resistant variety called "Avalon Pride" on "Mont Clare" rootstock in a large container (1m x 1m) and although it isn't totally free of Peach Leaf Curl, it is easy to control by picking-off the few leaves which are affected.  Full size peaches and easy to keep to 2m high.  There are now other resistant varieties and those are listed on the RHS advice page, but I can only personally recommend Avalon Pride.

http://www.rhs.org.uk/Advice/profile?pid=232

 

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