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Horticultural Films

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 05:13

Yew only live twice

Beech hedge problem

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 10:35


Are you sure none of your hedges are Copper Beech

This a picture of a Copper Beech leaf


lime tree leaf drop

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 09:03

Hi Phil

Limes are hungry and need fed quite a bit, you could also give it a liquid nitrogen feed in the summer

ClImbing rose

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 08:47

Hi Greg

Here is some more info

Hope this helps

The Nutrient Company Products

Plant Care


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Home About Us Find a Stockist Events Contact Us Roses

Roses are great to grow and they come in all forms and sizes from miniature roses to climbers and .....Rose care is very diverse and lengthy subject , here we aim to provide some basic information applicable to all roses.

General Care



Roses can be grown in pots or containers but as they require a lot of watering especially during warm spells they are normally planted out. They thrive in sun so pick your spot carefully. Ideally, pick a spot with a bit of shelter from the cold winds. Roses do not like to be waterlogged so plant in an area that has reasonable drainage. Most roses prefer fertile soil so if necessary improve the soil with well rotted farm or horse manure.

If you buy a bare root give it a good soak before planting as they may have dried out. Dig the plant hole deep and wide enough to accommodate all the roots which should be spread out as much as possible. Add some compost to the hole and back fill the hole carefully, ensuring good contact between the roots and the soil. Roses can be planted either with the bud union level with soil or below soil level. Tread the soil in gently and carefully to avoid making the ground too compacted. Water well if the ground is dry.

If you are planting out a container rose follow much the same procedure as above. Try not to disturb the root ball too

much when planting and add a little compost around the root ball and fill the hole as above. The best time to plant most roses is in the spring, but summer is OK too.

Watering and feeding

Water is needed during the summer months. Feed from March until August, ideally with a specialist fertiliser like Rose Focus. Use 10ml per litre of water.
Miniature roses or potted roses grown in the conservatory will benefit from regular feeding throughout the year.


Pruning roses can be a controversial subject. Here's some simple instructions:

All Bush or Shrub Roses should be pruned down in the spring to about half their height. All dead wood should be removed.

Climbing and Rambling Roses can be a little more complicated as it's not always easy to tell the difference unless you're an expert.

Climbing Roses should be pruned in the spring down to the height you require, plus remove any dead wood. This will promote new growth for this years flowers. Once again a very simple task.

They differ from ramblers as climbers flower on this years new growth.

Rambling Roses differ from climbers as ramblers flower on last years growth, so obviously if one prunes in the spring you will remove all the new wood from the previous season and end up with no flowers. The correct time to prune ramblers is just after flowering, as they will then start to produce new wood for next years blooms. Quite simple really once you get the hang of it. All roses are very resilient and will survive however you prune them, and still flower despite your worst efforts. However with just a little loving care and attention they will flower and thrive as if they were looked after by an expert.




















lime tree leaf drop

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 08:41

Hi Phil

This is a picture of a Lime leaf with Nutrient Deficency that may be your problem



Posted: 20/07/2014 at 06:04

Hi James

There is 3 reasons why Tomatoes grow hard/thick skins

1/ Variety,  I  grow Gardeners Delight and have grown Money maker in the past so those 2 varieties dont have thick skins

2/ Underwatering, when tomato plants have too little water they develop thick skins it is a survival reaction on the plant to conserve water, thick skins on tomatoes hold the water better

3/ High temperatures, high heat can also cause a tomato plant to have thick skins, tomato fruit can suffer from sunscald the tomato will start to produce tougher skins, tougher skins are less likely to burn in the intense sunlight


ClImbing rose

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 05:32

The whole lot right down to the ground

ClImbing rose

Posted: 19/07/2014 at 19:06

Hi Greg

I pruned back my climbing rose hard this spring to a couple of inches from the ground it is now 6ft high and the leaves look great they are glossy and free from black spot with plenty of flowers


Posted: 19/07/2014 at 17:31

 Hi Tara

The second one



Posted: 19/07/2014 at 17:01

Hi Carol

Try Kurtail from Progreen

Hope this helps

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