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Red Robin problem

Posted: 09/01/2014 at 16:00

The black patches in Photinia leaves are caused by Entomosporium maculatum, a fungal leaf spot disease. It's is very common and is not harmful to the shrub. The main reason of these spots occurring, is the leaves remaining wet over a long period. It doesnt look very nice though.

Plants in a sheltered spot are more prone to leaf spots, as well as new foliage. Pruning during the growing season will encourage new growth. Mature leaves are more resistant to leaf spot.

  • Rake up and discard fallen leaves, and remove infected plant material. Apply fresh mulch around plants to cover any leaves that were missed. You could also try underplanting with low growing perennials, such as catmint. 
  • Provide sufficient air circulation. This often means thinning out a few plants in a hedge.
  • Avoid wetting the leaves when watering. Splashing water spreads the fungus.
  • Avoid summer fertilization that will promote new growth late in the season.

 If nothing seems to work, you can try spraying with a fungicide just before and during new foliage is emerging. If that doesn't make any difference, I would be inclined to remove Red Robin althogether.

I hope this will help.  



Can't get no inspiration!

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 15:51

How about a Hamamelis, underplanted with Cyclamen coum; or maybe a Garrya elliptica and some  ornamental grasses? Bulbs for Spring colour. Would look very nice with the Choisya.

What is this ornamental tree please?

Posted: 01/01/2014 at 10:33

Any thorns on the branches, Dovefromabove? In that case my vote is for Crataegus mollis, Downy hawthorn. Crataegus pinnatifida is another possibility. Their fruit is almost as big as a crab apple's.

What is this ornamental tree please?

Posted: 31/12/2013 at 15:51

Might also be a Sorbus intermedia, Swedish Whitebeam?

Name this vine

Posted: 23/12/2013 at 12:15

Abutilon megapotamicum. It's from Brazil and I wouldn't prune it now as it's frost tender. If your plant is in a container it would be wise to bring it indoors. 


Help Indetifying a plant...

Posted: 17/12/2013 at 16:27

Photo 1 + 2 look like runners from Syringa vulgaris, Lilac. 

Japanese Knotweed

Posted: 16/12/2013 at 17:08

Fidgetbones, overhere in the Netherlands they are considered to be perfect for architectural arrangements or just bound together forming a base for the arrangement. Several florists in my family use them and customers are always warned not to put them in the green bin or on the compost heap.  


Japanese Knotweed

Posted: 16/12/2013 at 13:23

It's usually the stems of Japanese knotweed that are used in floral arrangements. Sometimes dried but also fresh stems.    http://blog.pottingsheduk.com/?paged=3 (scroll down to "Mysterious Aroid")

Carol, if the arrangements have fresh stems in them, please be careful when disposing of the stems and make sure they can't get composted.

Strange leaf? growing from the aphical meristem of apple seedling

Posted: 12/12/2013 at 13:52

Dahmendra, the white spots you are referring to don't look problematic to me. Just some  spider mite damage which at the moment won't do it any harm anymore because apple trees are deciduous so the leaves will be falling of soon. Hope this helps.

Strange leaf? growing from the aphical meristem of apple seedling

Posted: 11/12/2013 at 15:25

I agree with Landgirl100. It certainly could be an apple seedling and most probably it's a wild apple (Malus sylvestris) or a seedling from a crab apple. Here's a good image of a serrated apple leaf.


and this one as well:



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