Daintiness


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Hibiscus Handling

Posted: 26/07/2013 at 22:56

Last year my hibiscus (about 1m tall) produced 1 flower bud and therefore one flower. I put it down to the weather we had last year. And would you believe it...one bud again this year!! It has put on growth, been feed in spring, kept well waterd in this dry spell...what is going on? Any ideas?  Flummoxed in Essex!

Blueberry problems

Posted: 26/07/2013 at 22:51

Thanks Verdun. Picked today and am really pleased with my crop. Picked on colour but then realised that some of the berries were not blue on both sides so was more careful.

can someone please help me identify this plant??

Posted: 18/07/2013 at 20:00

Mine got really leggy like yours and I cut the top off. I then cut the stem into sections about 10cm long - keeping them the right way up and put them into a cup of water. They all rooted and I was able to pot them up and then they started to sprout at the top. Theparent plant was fed and it too sprouted again. Very satisfying and successful!

money tree / jade plant

Posted: 18/07/2013 at 16:09

I have cheated and have posted a link that seems to answer your question. I hope you find it useful  

http://www.bcss-liverpool.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/Growing_Crassula_ovata.htm

Yellow leaves - help!!

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 20:39

Are you watering it? I would suggest it is shedding leaves due to the currrent weather conditions.

Help me save this Pieris (well i think its a Pieris)!

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 20:38

Just found this informaton and wondered if this is what is wrong with your pieris - have a look at the undersides of the leaf as suggested, otherwise my advice remains the same.http://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/profile.aspx?pid=663

Help me save this Pieris (well i think its a Pieris)!

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 19:19

Woodie, The new growth is red...that's why LegionOfBrad and I think it is a pieris - look at the second picture he posted.  

Identify my plant, please!

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 18:50

Prune after it has finished flowering and as has already been mentioned, don't cut too far back. You could part of the plant quite hard back - a bit that is paticularly in the way,overhanging etc but always make sure there is some growth beyond where you are cutting and see how the plant responds. Cistus often get woody and leggy with age and are often best replaced. They are quite easy to take cuttings from and they would be your insurance....if the plant didn't like the hair cut!

Stag's Horn Sumach tree

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 18:00

If you cut them down then you must have stumps. I would make cuts into the top of the stumps with a saw and then treat with brushwood killer, treating any top growth from the stumps too. Treating with glysophate would also do the trick. It would be difficult to treat all the off shoots without damaging the grass but rather than spraying them you could do them very carefully by hand. By wearing a rubber glove wetted with the weedkiller and then rubbing your hand/glove over the leaves you could hit the roots in even more places. The weedkiller is absorbed by the leaves and travels down to the roots. I hope this makes sense....I feel the heat has scrambled my brain today!

Help me save this Pieris (well i think its a Pieris)!

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 17:52

You are doing the right thing but I would also feed it with a liquid acid loving plant feed often labelled as for Camellias and Rhododendrons. Not easy at the moment but if you have a water butt or when it rains (and it will) water with rain water which is acidic and better for the plant. The new growth is a good sign and the plant looks like it is well worth saving. I wouldn't cut back but wait until next spring and then cut out any dead wood only.

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