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Chilean Guava - help

Posted: 29/09/2014 at 13:54

Hello, I bought three chilean guava plants about a year ago. I planted one in a west-facing bed, and put the other two in pots against a sunny south-facing wall. The one in the bed didn't make any flowers this year, but the other two did, and they dried up on the plant and then fell off. Now their leaves are drying and turning yellowish. I noticed they were looking bad about two weeks ago and have made sure to keep them watered since then (I wasn't too regular about this before). The other one is still looking good, even if it didn't fruit at all. Does anyone know what might have gone wrong and if the two in pots can still be saved?

Apple tree

Posted: 29/09/2014 at 10:38


Apple tree

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 12:09

Last December I bought a really terrible-looking apple tree (elstar?) from a basket in front of an Asda for 5 pounds, reduced at the till to 3. To my great surprise it is alive and well in the pot I put it in, and so keen to grow that I would like to plant it in the garden. I have long lost the label, so I have no idea what kind of tree this might be - a dwarf tree? A patio tree? I'd like to know what sort of size I can expect it to grow to before I plant it. Is there any way of knowing or of finding out?

Plant identification

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 18:03

Thank you so much - that was fast! I'm in London, and it seemed to appear from nowhere.

Plant identification

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 17:19

Can anyone tell me what this thing that looks like a giant buddleja is? A couple of years ago I noticed it when it was what looked like a small palm about 60cm high. It's now over 3 metres tall. The flower cone you see is itself about 150cm. Can anyone identify it please?




Posted: 25/04/2014 at 11:59

Last summer I grew three tomatillo plants in pots. The pots were knocked over and broken by animals once the plants were underway, but netted, they were eventually very successful and produced heavy crops. The pots were such a mess that I didn't keep the plants. I am growing some new seeds now and would like to plant them somewhere more permanent.

Tomatillos are supposed to be fairly hardy perennials, but how closely related are they to those Chinese Lantern plants (physalis alkaklengi) that take over gardens and can never ever be dug up? I don't mind them spreading a little bit but the Chinese Lantern has a reputation for going on rampages under walls and annexing neighbours' gardens and so on.

I'm also interested in the edible Physalis/Cape Gooseberry - which Suttons are marketing as Inca Berries - although I have no experience of growing those. They appear to be even closer relatives of the feared Chinese Lantern.

Has anyone grown some or all of these as perennials in the ground and have any idea of how they behave and what to expect? I like the fruits of both tomatillos and physalis (I seem to be in a minority here) but I don't want to spend the rest of my life fighting them.

Saving rotten wooden trellises

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 09:08


Saving rotten wooden trellises

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 12:33

In the garden there is a wooden pergola/arbour with wisteria trained up it that is looking a bit decrepit. Two years of constant rain have made it warp and crack and in a couple of places it looks like the wood of the posts has rotted under the ground. The wisteria looks great though.

I'm not sure how much longer the pergola has but it will take a lot of careful wisteria growing with it when it goes. Is there anything I can do to prolong its life? The wisteria has twined around most of the wooden spars, so it is not very accessible to paint with anything.

Compost help

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 12:16

Thank you Steve!

Compost help

Posted: 04/04/2014 at 11:16

Thank you very much for all of this. Back to the drawing board for me. Fitgetbones, I don't have any grass to mow but I do have a heap of dead sedge grass which is quite straw-like. Is that any use?

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