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Dwarf Apple Trees, Help

Posted: 26/07/2016 at 20:49

I see your tree is planted in a pot. what sort of compost is it in and how much water has it had, particularly of late?

It looks as if the tree didn't shed much fruit in the June Drop. I'd be tempted to remove 50% of the fruit you have there - removing the smaller ones and leaving the larger ones, ensuring that they have the space to swell. 

Fascinated by Fasciation

Posted: 26/07/2016 at 20:32

Perhaps a fasciated form of V. longifolia 'Christa' which has a green Coxcombe on the tip of the flower spike?


Posted: 26/07/2016 at 19:52

I use this as a rough guide 

Rhododendron Confusing Me

Posted: 26/07/2016 at 19:05

Many rodos are routinely grafted onto R. ponticum, just as pears are grafted onto a wild quince and apples are grafted onto varied apple rootstocks - an explanation of the whys and wherefores of grafting here .  It is perfectly normal and shouldn't be a problem in normal circumstances. 

The question is, why has the rootstock put on top growth and flowered (if that is indeed what has happened).  Has the graft been improperly performed or subsequently damaged, or has some damage been done to the rootstock below ground, which has stimulated growth?

So that you know what you're looking for, this link should show a picture of the top growth of a named variety, grafted onto a rootstock 

Look for something like that, and see if there is single branch bearing the pink flowers, and identify where that branch is growing from. 


Posted: 26/07/2016 at 18:01

Mine would be bigger if left to it's own devices BL, but it's had some hard pruning - we don't have the space that you have 

Privet hedges

Posted: 26/07/2016 at 17:28

Hedges are so much nicer to look at than fences, and so important for wildlife, but it's your garden and what's done is done ... but please have a look at this and ensure that hedgehogs in your area can access your garden and eat your slugs and beetles - you'll be thankful that you did 

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Posted: 26/07/2016 at 17:14

Oh, don't know where that surplus 'Yours' came from in between the photos - they're both photos of my four year old fig tree.  


Posted: 26/07/2016 at 17:07

I know we are told to keep fig roots confined but I think you're treating yours a bit too harshly. Mine is four years old and is in a pot of JI Mo 3 soil based compost with added grit. The pot is 20" x 20" x20" and is in a sunny corner on a south facing terrace. it gets watered at least twice a week and this weather it has two gallons of water every day. It gets a watering can full of dilute tomato feed every week from the time it starts into growth until the leaves drop in the autumn. Yours

Yours looks in need of a bit of tlc. 

Put it in a bigger pot and make a fuss of it, then stand well back ...

Last edited: 26 July 2016 17:11:29

Unidentified Plant

Posted: 26/07/2016 at 16:45

Hello Peter and welcome aboard

We can't see the photo - can you upload it by clicking on the camera icon - if that doesn't work let us know - the forum has a few bugs at the moment, but there are ways of working around them.  

Plant ID help - friend or foe ?!

Posted: 26/07/2016 at 16:40

As Ladybird says, Persicaria maculosa aka Redshank and lots of other names 

It is edible and related to buckwheat.  It's one of those plants that can vary quite a bit in its appearance, but when you know it as well as I do you know what it is.

It's another of those wild plants I recognise straight away as I hand-hoed many of them out of sugar beet fields on the family farm in my youth.

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