Latest posts by fidgetbones

want hide wall

Posted: 13/08/2017 at 13:43

 The programme is on ITV.

It is by London Stone Designclad

Is this a damson tree?

Posted: 13/08/2017 at 13:37

Have you got an in focus picture of the fruit (opposite end to the stalk)?

If it is smooth it is probably a damson. Cut it in half and it will have a stone similar to a plum stone. If it has a star shaped structure it is a crab apple. Cut in half it will look like the inside of an apple with pips.


Posted: 13/08/2017 at 11:51

I soak mine in rain water with some added baby bio for orchids, once a week, for half an hour then I let it drain. Mine sit in a North facing window so do not get direct sunshine.

Purple Sprouting Broccoli

Posted: 13/08/2017 at 11:46

Yes. Just use a soil  or loam based compost.

6 foot Corkscrew hazel

Posted: 13/08/2017 at 11:45

I would delay digging it  out a couple of months if you want it to live. Pot into a big pot. Sell when it looks like it has survived the winter and starting into growth.

Pitcher or Burr Knot Apple trees.

Posted: 12/08/2017 at 22:51

That is where I first came across it. I thought it a useful idea.

Pitcher or Burr Knot Apple trees.

Posted: 12/08/2017 at 21:56

There are amongst the old apple varieties, types of apple known as  Burr Knot or Pitcher Apple trees. These produce adventitious roots from Burrs on the branches. Apparently if you "Pitch" a branch, it will root where it lands. This  was a useful method of propagation when the intricacies of bud grafting was not widely known. These hardwood cuttings were a common method of spreading good plants around an area.

From Gloucestershire orchard trust..

"" ‘burr-knot’ or ‘pitcher’ trees. That is they carry blastophores or clusters of adventitious roots on their branches. Historically this type of trees was valued amongst small holders and farmers who hadn’t mastered the skill of grafting which was considered rather a mystical art in times past. The presence of a gene pool of these trees may indicate a remnant manifestation of primitive arboriculture in the area.""

 Has anyone got one of these and successfully rooted hardwood cuttings off of it?

Last edited: 12 August 2017 21:57:18

soft fruit

Posted: 12/08/2017 at 21:44

Just use a mulch. Compost, well rotted FYM, or even newspaper weighed down with grass cuttings.

Lucifer dying?

Posted: 12/08/2017 at 21:42

The soil probably need rejuvenating too. When it dies down this year, dig it up. There will be chains of old corms, with the newest one on top. You only want the new corms, (next to the leaves) and discard all the old ones.    Rejuvenate the soil with some compost or well rotted farm yard manure and/or a sprinkling of bonemeal. Replant the best corms a few inches apart.

apples from a pip

Posted: 12/08/2017 at 21:20

What do they taste like? You can propagate it by grafting on to a rootstock, or another apple tree.  That is how most new varieties are distributed.

Discussions started by fidgetbones

Pitcher or Burr Knot Apple trees.

Has anyone successfully rooted one? 
Replies: 2    Views: 91
Last Post: 12/08/2017 at 22:51

Chatsworth Photos.

Photos from the Chatsworth Flower Show 2017 
Replies: 15    Views: 498
Last Post: 13/06/2017 at 13:44

Chelsea 2017

Any thoughts or musings? 
Replies: 131    Views: 4956
Last Post: 29/05/2017 at 12:09

Hello Forkers December

A friendly place to chat about anything. 
Replies: 1375    Views: 43200
Last Post: 01/01/2017 at 07:39

Plant of the year

what has been your plant of the year? 
Replies: 24    Views: 1829
Last Post: 03/11/2016 at 20:36

insects on ivy

Replies: 9    Views: 544
Last Post: 24/09/2016 at 10:05

tonights beechgrove, red hot pokers.

Replies: 8    Views: 564
Last Post: 24/09/2016 at 10:14

Ghost orchid

Replies: 1    Views: 429
Last Post: 15/08/2016 at 21:02

Manganese in Epsom salts?

Replies: 2    Views: 640
Last Post: 11/08/2016 at 12:55

Do you remember?

Replies: 20    Views: 999
Last Post: 27/07/2016 at 09:28

plant identification

Replies: 2    Views: 383
Last Post: 15/06/2016 at 19:12

Aquilegia flowers 2016

Post your photos, lets see all the variations. 
Replies: 61    Views: 6343
Last Post: 16/06/2016 at 12:06

New look forum

What the chuff have you done to it? 
Replies: 33    Views: 1448
Last Post: 05/05/2016 at 20:47

The cutting garden 2016

Grow your own flowers for the house. 
Replies: 60    Views: 6837
Last Post: 11/01/2017 at 10:30

Special offers

time limited special offers 
Replies: 3    Views: 850
Last Post: 12/05/2016 at 18:40
1 to 15 of 56 threads