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Magnolia seems to be sick -- please help

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 07:20

 I don't think the magnolia is in a container - I've zoomed in on the picture and it looks to be planted in the soil and then surrounded by a mulch of large pebbles.  

How long has it been there and has it always flowers in previous years?

How often is it fed and what with? 


Garden beds

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 07:12

I would dig compost and well rotted farmyard manure (also available in bags from the garden centre) into the flower beds so that the whole bed is of an even quality and hopefully you will then have at least a foot to 18" deep of good garden soil.

 If you just put compost into holes and then plant something there, the roots won't spread out into the surrounding soil.  

Pebble boarder despair.

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 07:04

How big are these pebbles?

Can you post us a picture of the pebbles and the border?


To post a pic you need to click on the green tree icon on the toolbar at the top of where you type your post, and then follow the instructions. 


Posted: 14/04/2014 at 07:02

Good morning Clari  

My OH is still in the Land of Nod too - I suppose I shall have to make my second coffee myself 

sweet pea framework

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 07:00

When I only had a tiny back yard I grew sweet peas like that - I used bamboo canes of about 6ft, stuck well into the compost around the edge of the pot and strung together as I described.  

The big difficulty of growing sweet peas in a pot is giving them enough water - they are surprisingly thirsty plants and succumb to powdery mildew very quickly if their roots dry out - if you can get hold of any of those water retention granules to mix with the compost that would be good.


Posted: 14/04/2014 at 06:54

Oh KEF!  Has he lost it in the garden?  

Plant biology.

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 06:51

It works much the same way as with the animal kingdom - those who are of one species can only fertilise others of the same species.

No matter how amorous a tom cat may feel, even if he managed to find a co-operative dog, there would be no offspring - the genetics do not match.

Plants have evolved so that those of similar species grow in similar conditions and bloom at similar times of year thus increasing the odds that a visiting bee, going from flower to flower,  will have sufficient pollen of the same variety on it's 'fur' to rub off onto the stigma in the flower.

A more complex bit comes when we consider fruit like some apples, who require pollen from a different variety of apple tree - this is because in these plants the stigma rejects pollen from genetically similar plants.

Is that of any help? 

Damping off! **Please** help!

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 06:33


 It all depends on what type of seedlings ....


Posted: 14/04/2014 at 06:29

Good morning KEF and any/everyone else 

Gg, hope you're feeling better soon - treat yourself gently - don't overdo it - hopefully we have a long summer ahead of us 

Blue sky and sunshine here this morning - it was cool overnight again 4.5C for the second day running - but hopefully it's going to start warming up now 

When is the last time to sow tomato seeds

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 06:23

Hi Marie

Is this the item you're talking about? 

I believe the plastic is avalable in the USA - it's a plastic film that's attached over the inside of windows in areas that get bad winters, to seal against drafts.  I would imagine it's available from DIY stores.  

I've just found this on Amazon 

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