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Should I soak these first

Posted: 06/03/2015 at 16:49

I'd soak them for 24 hrs Lulu.

Talkback: What to prune in spring

Posted: 06/03/2015 at 08:48

I don't know where you are Miranda, but I won't be pruning my hardy fuchsia's for another 2 - 3 weeks yet. The weather can be unpredictable at this time of year and this mild spell may not continue. Leaving them won't do any harm and it will protect them. If there's lots of new growth then take cuttings as an insurance policy.

Half hardy fuchsia's should be left for another month unless they are under glass.

Bay tree problem

Posted: 05/03/2015 at 22:22

Bizzy click on the green tree icon on the toolbar it won't work on ipads so I believe.

Red robin help needed!

Posted: 05/03/2015 at 16:37

If you can't put it into the garden you need to pot that on into a larger pot. It's a very small pot for a large plant.

Normal wisdom is to pot on into a pot one size larger, but in this case you'll need a pot double the size of the one you have.

Pot on and use a John Innes No3 compost. Add some bonemeal to the pot when potting on and water well. To get bushier growth prune back the stems by about 6 inches late April early May back to an outward facing bud. Once it settles you'll see the new growth appearing.

Red robin help needed!

Posted: 05/03/2015 at 16:19

Nic your picture hasn't come up but it's probably Photinia leaf spot, usually caused by stress to the plant. The causes are varied, cold winds, exposed siting a cold winter (which it been relatively)

I don't know if the ground it's planted in is heavy, but I'd add a good quantity of well rotted manure and feed it generously with growmore.

I'd prune out any dead stuff afterwards. They can recover quite well as the weather improves.

Just seen the picture, prune the dead out and feed as above. It's probably better off in the ground rather than in a pot.

Iris unguicularis

Posted: 04/03/2015 at 23:09

I was pondering the same actually nut. One of my customers has one. RHS says cut back after flowering. The customer isn't worried about it so I may go for it. They do look tatty as you say. Nowt to lose as they are hardy perennials.


Posted: 04/03/2015 at 15:56

The only way to get that result is to sow in late July.

C grubs in pots

Posted: 04/03/2015 at 15:55

Yes it's vine weevil, water with nematodes asap.

laurel plants being eaten!

Posted: 04/03/2015 at 14:47

You can see the adult it's a beetle, google the images. It's the larvae you treat with the nematodes, you water it in. I'd hazard a guess they are about so it's a precaution more than anything else.

laurel plants being eaten!

Posted: 04/03/2015 at 13:17

Karen, your first picture shows classic signs of a bacterial infection not insect damage. Your last picture seems to show an infection with fungal spores (the brown spots) on the underside of the leaf.

I seriously doubt it's insect damage. The other young plants you describe could be being eaten by rabbits. They will feed on young laurel.

In all I'd say you have a combination of problems, some slug damage, rabbit damage and a bacterial infection.

The rabbits and slugs you can tackle, the bacterial infection you can't.

It could be the new plants you planted were already infected when you bought them.

The good news is, if you can control the rabbit and slug damage, the laurel will recover from the bacterial infection when it starts to get going later in the month and the weather improves.

One thing I would do is get some nematodes for vine weevil and water them in as an insurance policy.

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