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Mulberry Mould

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 10:17

Hello, I have a very old mulberry tree with blueish mould on a few parts of the trunk. Last summer it gave a big healthy crop. SHould I be concerned about the mould? I have attached a photo of the trunk.


Dying Sedge

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 13:44

Verdun thank you so much, that is all very encouraging and most useful. I understand about not replanting, but it's definitely the right plant for that place.

As to the type of sedge, I'm afraid I have no idea. It's not sword - the leaves are much thinner and finer - but it looks a bit like it. A muddy green colour, brownish towards the tips. Does this help?

Dying Sedge

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 10:31

Thank you, Welshonion. I am not a well-educated gardener, so please excuse the naivety of these questions - but can you combat that by lining the hole with some fish and blood mix or some horse manure or something?

Dying Sedge

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 08:32

Thank you for your response, Verdun. That's a bit of a shame - the sedges look very good there all together. Is there something I can do to undo this? Can I dig up and divide again (the base of the grass is very solid - the whole plant out of the ground has a kind of hourglass shape). Why shouldn't you plant a similar plant in the same hole?

Dying Sedge

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 08:04

There are a few groups of large clumps of sedge in my garden, and in one particular spot one of the older (are they called "heads" of?) grasses got dug up, leaving a very large hole. 

I dug up some sedge from another part of the garden and moved it to the hole, where it died a slow death. Another smaller piece I moved took root and is now fully in place.

Recently a much larger piece of the grass (About 80cm diameter) was not needed, so I dug that up and put it in the bare patch, which it completely filled. However, I can already see the ends of the grass going steadily whiter and I am afraid it might die there, too- why is this? And can I stop it from happening?

Suckers - how to deal with them?

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 17:51

Thanks so much. Can I cut them off now? Or do I have to wait until next winter?

Suckers - how to deal with them?

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 13:37

Thanks very much for this, Edd.


They're not all coming from one root - more like three or four. This has obviously been going on for some time - there is evidence of at least 20 stumps of suckers that have been chopped off. But the roots they come from are very thick - about 2 inches in diameter. They're all around the North side of the tree. If I just chop them down flush with the roots will that help the tree to fruit and flower?

Suckers - how to deal with them?

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 12:37

There is a gnarly old cherry tree in my garden, which last summer struggled to produce cherries. It was a tangle of dead wood, which I have now cut out, but there are about 8-10 suckers growing out of the bottom that are up to 2m tall.

Is this why the top of the tree is failing to produce? I notice that it is the suckers that are in flower at the moment, whereas the actual tree only has buds on it.

Are the suckers the problem? And if so, can I do anything about them at this late stage? I have heard you need to yank and tear them out, as near to the trunk as possible? Is this true? Mine have such strong bases (like a rose bush) that I would struggle to do that. 

What would anyone suggest? Or is this a problem not worth bothering about?

Apricot leaves wilt: Help!

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 16:24

Flowerchild, thank you so much for your comments and suggestions. I have to say I can't discern any sour smell, inf fact I can't pick up any smell at all from the sap. As to the bark: it's a little bit coppery towards the bottom, not orange exactly. THe leaves on the left spur are now all dried up and crispy. THere is still only one ball of sap oozing out at the Y joint, but the leaves on the right hand side are all green and happy looking. Does this help with diagnosis? And if so, is there anything I can do?


Many thanks for all this.

Apricot leaves wilt: Help!

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 14:34


The tree IS now exuding gummy sap.

Thanks so much for your suggestions, Flowerchild. I was about to take that limb off but when I saw the sap I thought I would come back to the forum instead.

Sorry about the photos: I am not sure how to make them any bigger. In the mean time, the leaves on the left hand fork have all died and driied up. I snipped a tiny bit off the top of that shoot and it was definitely full of green sap. But at the base of the Y, where the branches fork, there is a large drop of brown gummy sap. The leaves on the right hand fork are all looking very healthy. But if it has a large drop of sap does that mean it has bacterial canker?


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