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Identify tree and pruning advice

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 12:11

@ Edd: Young trees do have the lateral striations ---

@ woodworm01: These trees can be pruned to form a large garden bonsai. Like these ---

They do respond well to hard pruning.  I've pruned lots of them at the tree nursery where I worked fore more than 10 years. Older ones and young ones were used to create large garden bonsais. They sold really quickly and the amount of work required was peanuts compared to the prices...

Identify tree and pruning advice

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 13:36

Have a look at Cedrus deodara, Himalayan cedar.  A lovely coniferous tree which does keep it's foliage throughout the year.

Sainsbury's Orchids

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 14:22

Yes, you're right motorman1. The orchid on the right side is a hybrid of Dendronbium kingianum. The one on the left looks like a Zygopetalum species.

That Dendrobium 'Black Spider' is absolutely gorgeous!! I'd love to be able to buy one  but apparently they are'nt available in my country. Bummerrr 


Botanical name

Posted: 24/10/2014 at 11:13

DimWit, I think you should change your name   'cause it looks like that's the right answer!! Good find

What are these?

Posted: 23/10/2014 at 10:40

Could they be thrips?

Botanical name

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 14:44


I think it's Alternanthera ficoidea 'Tricolor'. It might be another cultivar though.  Alternanthera species are also known as Parrot Leaf or Joseph's Coat.

Need help identifying (and saving) this small plant

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 14:53

Looks like the plant my Mum loves and which I hate (really nasty smell ) , Exacum affine, or Persian Violets. They come in 3 colours, blue, lilac and white.

They do well in direct light, but they will also do well behind glass curtains. You don't have to remove dead flowers, but to encourage new flower buds you could pinch the old ones out.  


Botanical name

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 14:10

It's a plant called Grewia occidentalis, also known as Grewia caffa.

problems with pear tree

Posted: 16/09/2014 at 11:37

Hi Buddyboy,

Sorry that it took me so long to reply to you, but we have been on vacation for a couple of weeks. We only returned last weekend and there were some matters that needed handling first.

Now, about Stemphylium vescarium, I have found this document  for you: 

I couldn't find anything written by the RHS, but if you google on Stemphylium vescarium, there are other documents to be found, although not necessarily about the situation in the UK. But maybe you could ask about it at  the government department that published the document?

Okay, now let's go into  the matter of the "dead" bark and cutting through barriers. In the Netherlands it indeed used to be common practice to take a piece of bark away (not always dead bark) and judge the tree's situation. But over the years, experts have come to the conclusion that this practice more often than not damages the tree more than the wound does.

After intensive experiments at Wageningen University (among others), it became quite clear that, given the time, trees are very capable of healing themselves by overgrowing wounds, which is explained by the C.O.D.I.T.-principle. There's a lot of documentation to be found about that principle, but this one explains it in simple words:

We do cut off small branches as some diseases can be identified by discolorations within the tree.

I think you might be able to learn more if you contact a European Tree Worker. More and more people are learning what magnificent creatures trees actually are, what they mean to our environment and how to take care of them, but we're still a long way from understanding Mother Nature.

Kind regards, Flowerchild 


 (BTW, sorry for the long post)




What is the name of this shrub?

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 19:02

It's Ligustrum japonicum 'Texanum' or a cultivar.

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