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2 Qs - plant ID and how to prune it

Posted: 26/07/2016 at 21:32

yes phormium. Looks great to me. Just remove any obviously dead leaves from the base. Remove the little green weeds at its base and give it a generous layer of mulch of soil conditioner or small bark chippings all around it. It will look very much tidier and the colour wi look brighter and your friend wi think you're brilliant 

unknown tree

Posted: 26/07/2016 at 21:22

Can't see much of it - but what about quince?

Dwarf Apple Trees, Help

Posted: 26/07/2016 at 21:15

I'd repot them in pots a bit bigger - I'd use a mix of 3 parts John Innes No 3 loam-based compost and one part good quality multi-purpose compost. Check that the stake ties aren't too tight - the trunk needs room to expand. 

When you pot them up leave a space of 4" from the top of the compost and the rim of the pot so that when you water you can fill this up, let it soak in and drain away.

And also do everything Pansyface hassuggested. 

And give each tree a bucket full of water twice a week in this weather, more if the compost dried out. 

Autumn/Winter veggie advice please

Posted: 26/07/2016 at 21:01

still time to sow some pak choi - you can use the thinnings in three weeks and within nine weeks yyoull have well grown plants for your stirfry

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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