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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.

Quite a few question for experianced gardenerssss

Posted: 15/07/2013 at 23:24

Lavender question - lavender can get woody after a few years and often needs replacing if this happens. You need to prune well after flowering or in late spring in order to maintain shape and size. Prune back quite hard but do not prune back past obvious growth as the plant may not recover.

Quite a few question for experianced gardenerssss

Posted: 15/07/2013 at 23:20

Yes it is but to make sure - for your own confirmation - with your finger nail scratch off a small section of the skin/bark - if this plant or any other for that matter -  is alive you will see green if not brown dead tissue.

Blueberry problems

Posted: 15/07/2013 at 23:17

May be a silly question but how do you know when to pick blueberries - is it purely on colour or combination of firmness, colour etc ?

One of my  2 blueberries has produced a bumper crop. whereas the other (patriot)seems to be dropping leaves and has brown leaves too and is suffering in the heat despite regular watering

Plant problem

Posted: 14/07/2013 at 18:03

Your neighbour's plant is a  phormium. It is probably slugs or snails which are eating through the leaves when they emerge, young and folded. As they are bitten through when they are folded it gives the double hole effect. Actively looking for and removing the slugs and snails in spring which have probably been overwintering under the old leaves is probably the best optionor scattering slug pellets...

please identify this plant/weed

Posted: 10/07/2013 at 23:12

Loos like an Achillea. When it flowers you should post again and hopefully someone will know  the variety.

Im a idiot!

Posted: 08/07/2013 at 23:47

Sorry, maybe I'm the idiot - you bought a pair of secateurs and then realised that you had purchased 4 pairs not 2 pairs ?!  

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