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Talkback: Lily beetle

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 12:40
One of the most useful things for catching and killing lily beetles is an old tea strainer - preferably not the one you use for your earl grey! Keep it in your pocket and catch the beetles in it before they hit the ground and are never seen again. Carry them to hard standing and JUMP on them as hard as you can!! This needs doing daily, or even twice a day in season, and really does help, besides being very satisfactory when you kill them. I grow literally hundreds of lilies, both in pots and in the ground and only vigilance works. If you want to use chemicals, provado works for a season, but the larvae will come back the next year - I'm afraid we are stuck with them until the birds or something like that recognises them as prey- unlikely with that red coloration.

Hypericum Magical Red Star Pruning?

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 14:21

Hypericums on the whole react well to cutting down to ground level, but I have never had this one.  They were a weed in our garden when we arrived here some 17 years ago, and we still have the occasional outbreak!  I'd certainly cut them back hard now if I were you.  I do have a very small one in an alpine bed, grows to about 12 inches, and that gets cut back around now too. 

Sycamore invasion

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 14:18

We have a well beloved red sycamore and indeed it seeds everywhere.  Pull out seedlings from flower beds, mow them down on grass - try to keep on top of them beause if they make it t a second or third year the roots are very hard to dig out.  If yours are not new seedlings, then I am afraid it is down to hard work and ersistence.  They will seed every year, but if caught around now are easy enough to control. 

planting mirabilis jalapa tubers

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 14:16

I have grown them in the past in a large pot  (but then, I grow nearly everything n pots so that doesn't say much really!), I used a mixture of JI2 and general purpose compost, gave them a reasonaby sheltered spot, they do come from the tropics, and they flowered fine for me.  If you did chose to do them in a pot, you may be able to keep them over for a second year, but I did not take mine inside so they did not survive.  Lots of very pretty papery petalled flowers, varied colours - nice. 

willow

Posted: 13/04/2013 at 17:28

Willow cuttings root incredibly easily.  I give our contorted willow a hard hair cut around now each year, and put some of the shoots in water in a vase to loook nice for a couple of weeks, and they invariably root.  I have also dumped some in a trug full of rain water and they have always rooted well too.  Go for it, they will do well.

Planting aubretia in cracks in sleepers

Posted: 13/04/2013 at 17:24

One thing I would watch out for,  is there any creosote or tar leaking from the sleepers in hot weather (that is, if you can remember hot weather!)?  We have some sleepers making raised beds here, and some  do leak quite alot of tar when the weather allows - small plants like aubretia don't much like it - can't blame them really.  If your sleeper do not have tar, then - as the other people say - they should do well.

which is best?

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 22:05

pots full of mutipurpose, water with tomorite or equivalent - works OK if the weather co-operates!

What species of tree is this?

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 12:31

it is also a frequent cause of banged heads and toes as its position is impossible to see ..............

Choisya Ternata 'Sundance': Moved & Sulking

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 12:29

Our choyosa sundance has not been moved, but I have taken cuttings which rooted well.  I suspect that the time of the move was a bit hard for it, as assuming you live in the UK, it was followed by some pretty horrid weater, and however well you did it regarding rootball etc., it has suffered.  I would prune it hard, it cannot make new roots, shoots and support the leaves it has already, mulch it with whatever you usually use for mulch and leave well alone.  As it has some new shoots it is trying, but can't do it all,  they are very forgiving and will recover if it can.  

Used Compost?

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 12:24

For potted annuals, use it half / half with new compost, we have done that for years, with the addition of some pelleted fertiliser.  Otherwise as the others say, put it on beds, add to your own compost etc. 

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