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Very large buddleia - can I prune it right back?

Posted: 28/09/2013 at 18:46

You can cut it back to a few feet now, and then hard down to a foot in March. It will then probably grow to 8 ft again next summer, and flower in August.

 If thats too big, take it out and plant either a buddleja Buzz, which is dwarf, or something else altogether.

Mites in seeds

Posted: 28/09/2013 at 18:09

This website has some pictures of pests of stored seed. Do any of them match?


Mites in seeds

Posted: 28/09/2013 at 18:04

There are other insects that infest stored seed. Some are mites, some are moth larvae. They will all be killed by an insecticide, even a good squirt with a fly killer spray containing permethrin.

Mites in seeds

Posted: 28/09/2013 at 18:03

Some seeds will be infected on the plant.  Granary weevils bore into fruits and seeds and lay an egg in the seed. The larvae develop and pupate within the seeds. It only needs one infected seed in a batch, in an enclosed area, the new weevil will then lay eggs on further seeds, etc. A sack of seed, put away in a dry encosed place can be totally destroyed.

 If you put one of the slow release insectides, such as those used to kill wardrobe moths, in the tin,with stored seed,  this should prevent further infestation.

Balling syndrome

Posted: 28/09/2013 at 17:32

The council around here like to lollipop trees.  Tall clean stems, and  small ball heads. I cringe every time I see it.


Posted: 28/09/2013 at 00:06

A squirrel or a Jay.

What is this little plant?

Posted: 27/09/2013 at 22:35

My nan used to say that a pea in an empty can rattling about made a lot of noise.

I'm sure I don't know what she meant.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 27/09/2013 at 22:29

I thought they had brown owls still. Shows how far behind I am. My Aunty Janet used to be a Brown Owl. I never went to brownies, I went to a methodist sunday school, so I ended up in the girls brigade.  Same sort of thing, only we never got to go camping.

I  got christened C of E (mothers side), went to a methodist sunday school (fathers side) and got married in a catholic church ( ex husbands side). Then I gave up religion and went for Charles Darwin instead.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 27/09/2013 at 22:12

Off to bed now. I've compiled my wish list for Ashwood nurseries tomorrow.

Dahlias - do they all have tubers?

Posted: 27/09/2013 at 22:09

Illumination begonias are tuberous, they will die down to a large corm, which can be saved in a frostfree place and then regrown next year.

There are fibrous rooted(semperflorens) begonias used in bedding displays (small flowers), which will not form a tuber or corm.

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