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Rejuvenate Dracaena Massangeana

Posted: 05/02/2017 at 14:45

It is unlikely to sprout new shoots now that it has shooted from the bottom - all of the energy is going into that shoot.  You could try removing the bottom shoot and trying to root that to produce a second plant (put it in a pot of a 50/50 mix of compost and grit or perlite.)  The bare stem should then produce new shoots, hopefully from further up.  New shoots come from swellings on the stem and I think I can see one near the top. 

Last edited: 05 February 2017 14:46:54


Posted: 05/02/2017 at 14:38

You can indeed use them as salad potatoes - just dig them up when the tubers are smaller - they are quite waxy.  For that, just lift them in July/August as needed (assuming they are planted at the usual time for 2nd earlies, in the first half of April.)


Posted: 05/02/2017 at 13:02

Excellent variety which is immune to most pests.  I grow it every year as my soil has keeled slugs which make holes in almost every other variety (and I've tried most available varieties over the decades!)  Great flavour and I find I can leave them in the ground until needed so effectively grow them as a maincrop.  Wouldn't be without them!

Winter soft fruit pruning

Posted: 04/02/2017 at 17:34

Gooseberries fruit on old wood (best crops come from 1,2 and 3 year old wood.)  Do the bushes have a 'leg' (a thick stem a few inches long from which all other branches grow)?  If so that makes things a bit easier.  Hve a look at these links:

If you prune too much the crop will be severely reduced but it might be worth it to get them into a good shape for the future.  You won't kill them.


Posted: 04/02/2017 at 16:35

Or a Chilean Wine Palm (the base does look like a coconut on those.)


Posted: 04/02/2017 at 16:24

I think it's a young Canary Island date palm?

Pruning very old apple tree

Posted: 04/02/2017 at 16:16

I agree and would also remove that lower left trunk, and the large branch about 3-4 foot up the straight trunk which also looks as though it is overhanging the lawn.  After that I would leave it alone and have another look next winter.  You shouldn't get water shoots forming from such major surgery but if you do, pull them off as soon as you see them.  If you go for it, make the cuts just above the collar - excellent example here:

Winter soft fruit pruning

Posted: 04/02/2017 at 14:42

Hi all, I've just cut my Polka autumn fruiting raspberries to the ground and have pruned off the low hanging and crossing branches of the gooseberry bushes. I'm leaving the old leaves on the strawberries for now to give the crowns a bit of protection as we're likely to get more freezing weather and snow at some point.  Also added well rotted farmyard manure to the raspberry bed and around the rhubarb which is just starting to grow (I meant to do that in the autumn!)  Lots of weeding as I went, too (blummin willowherb appearing everywhere!)

Has anyone else been busy?

Salad Crisis

Posted: 04/02/2017 at 12:49

Which is where most of our winter salads are grown.

Unidentified plant

Posted: 04/02/2017 at 12:46

Poppy seeds can last decades in the soil so they could be some of the original seeds which only decided to germinate last autumn.  That is probably the best time to sow them as it is when the plants naturally drop their seed.

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