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Black bugs killing Nasturtium. Help!?

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 20:30

Jessica, these are aphids that are particularly attracted to nasturtiums. Personally, I would spray the plants with 'Bugclear'.....it's systemic and one spray will  last for six weeks. You may be against spraying and I can understand that, but 'Bugclear' is about as environmentally friendly as you can buy.

If you eat your nasturtiums, perhaps you may not wish to spray, although it is permissible after a short spell, according to the directions.  

My cucumber plants are turning pale and blossome dropping off :(

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 07:43

Hi, Tracy

There are two possibilities, one is cultural the other disease.  Keep the humidity high, mist spray several times a day and (if possible) water the floor. Feed once a week with a balanced fertilizer such as liquid Growmore.

Disease could be something like Fusarium wilt, which is a fungal disease.

 

Camera Corner

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 18:19

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/53895.jpg?width=249&height=350&mode=max

 A very hot village fete.

Morning Glory not flowering. Why?

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 12:10

Good luck with them, Lily.

I'm sure you'll understand that when trying to help with these queries, all we can do is call on our experience & knowledge and accept that the answers given will not suit every situation.

Hope the above didn't sound too starchy...it wasn't intended to be.

tomatoes with blind trusses

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 12:02

Hi, Derek

Yes it's called 'dry set' and is common during hot dry spells....misting the plants will help.

can I BARE ROOT MY ROSES

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 10:13

Hi, Josie...welcome to the forum.

The fact you suggest potting-up these roses leads me to think they are not large, old bushes, which is good.

You can do this, but it will have to be done when the bushes are totally dormant, say Dec/Jan.

Large established bushes will represent a bigger a  problem.

 

riddle solved

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 10:06

Typical wimmin, what about my aforementioned bad day?  

Humph!

Morning Glory not flowering. Why?

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 09:28

"feeding them once a week with Miracle Gro"

You see, this is where we gardeners make mistakes and do much harm by over-feeding & over-watering.

Morning Glory is related to bindweed and by association needs impoverished soil to thrive.

Just a guess, but I would imagine too much feed has resulted in lush growth at the expense of flowers.

Same applies to nasturtiums & lots of others. 

how to grow runner beans

Posted: 25/07/2014 at 22:13

Sowing on May12th is reckoned to be about right here in the Midlands, maybe a week or so earlier further south and a week or so later further north.

Growing Roses

Posted: 25/07/2014 at 18:43

I've not used it yet Yviestevie, but I understand it is fully approved by the EU for organic use.

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