BobTheGardener


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I have an unidentified climber!!

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 21:49

White Moth vine (Araujia sericifera) aka 'cruel plant', a native of Brazil:


http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/31526/


Never heard of one fruiting in the UK - where do you live miketole?

Autumn planting help

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 19:17

I agree with the above comments about preparing the soil instead.  One problem with growing stuff over the winter is that it stops you doing that!  As scroggin said, if you have a small bit of good ground, garlic is another one which can be planted now.

Unidentifiable rampant tree

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 19:08

Aha, Lime trees!  Yep, that's where the honeydew has come from - they're infamous for it!


PS, I've just spotted the lower leaves of the wisteria have notches eaten out of them.  That looks like adult vine weevil damage, so you need to deal with those too before the eggs they will have laid in the soil hatch and the grubs hatch out and eat the roots!  You can get nematodes which you water in to deal with those.

Last edited: 18 September 2016 19:11:12

Unidentifiable rampant tree

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 18:59

Does the black stuff on the wisteria rub off with a damp tissue?  If so, it's probably a black mould which grows on honeydew which is secreted by ahpids and has fallen from foliage above and is common on anything growing underneath trees.  Not really harmful, just unsightly.  Deal with the aphids and the problem will go away but not worth bothering with this year as they will die soon when it gets colder.
Is the wisteria in a pot?  If so, it won't like that at all and needs to be planted in the ground, no matter how poor the soil.


The acer and bay both look as if they've been short of water at some stage - neither of those are at all tolerant of the soil drying out and will be much happier in the ground if you can find somewhere to plant them (both seem to be in pots?)  If they need to stay in pots, put them in larger ones and use a John Innes #1 compost which holds water well and is recommended for potted trees and shrubs.  If you do re-pot them, leave it until growth restarts in the spring.


Hope that helps!

Last edited: 18 September 2016 19:03:51

Weed Flame Wand

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 16:22

The beauty of these devices is that they'll destroy any seeds too, which is particularly useful for weeds growing in the cracks of paving etc.

Unidentifiable rampant tree

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 16:18

Viv, post photos and we will do our best in identifying the cause of the problems with your other shrubs & trees!

Last edited: 18 September 2016 16:19:05

late chilli plants

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 14:43

Superb, Pete - I'll definitely be trying that variety next year!  Where did you get the seeds from?

What is this?

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 14:34

I agree with Dove - better to coppice it than lose it completely!

Water in systemic insecticide

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 13:36

Why not just spray them Tim?  Something like Provado will get taken in to the plant and is the only way I've ever managed to deal with a stubborn scale insect infestation.  I don't mind using Provado on house plants as there are no beneficial insects to worry about.

Apple Harvesting

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 13:32

The easiest way to tell if they are ready is to gently lift and twist half a turn.  If the apple comes away in your hand it is ready.  You can eat straightaway or store.  If you store them, make sure they don't touch each other (placing them on cardboard egg box bottoms placed in a larger box is one way of doing that.)

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