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Eucalyptus Tree - should it stay or go?

Posted: 11/10/2013 at 14:12

Welshonion, I spent the first 45 years of my life there. Some tree roots aren't a problem. Many are, and not just eucalypts. For whatever reason, people still plant the wrong trees too close to houses and wonder why they pay the price. Our last house in Sydney had an established garden when we bought it. It cost us hundreds of dollars a year to clear and repair drains and we had to take out a tree that started invading the foundations.

I won't start on the number of footpaths lifted by tree roots. Funnily enough, it's very common here in Italy too.

Eucalyptus Tree - should it stay or go?

Posted: 11/10/2013 at 11:02

It depends on the variety. There are many, many hundreds of them, including small varieties that don't get beyond about 6 feet fully mature. The growth rate of Gembo's suggests it's not one of the small ones.

Any idea of the variety, Gembo?

Eucalyptus Tree - should it stay or go?

Posted: 11/10/2013 at 08:51

Couldn't agree more. The roots will pillage your foundations. They can wreak havoc with drains and sewerage pipes too.


Posted: 11/10/2013 at 08:45

Yep, suckers are the way to go.

best flavoured tomatoes

Posted: 11/10/2013 at 07:07

Bob, Sungold always splits on the plant. Very thin skins. You can harvest them a bit earlier to avoid it. They're too sweet for my liking, I find the sweetness overpowers whatever other taste they have.

greenfingers, Dr Carolyn Pink is a nice tom. Named for Dr Carolyn Male, an American heirloom tomato legend. It's a stabilised grow-out from a pink fruit that appeared on a Dr Carolyn plant. Dr Carolyn is an ivory-coloured cherry. Yet another example of the fun and games that can happen growing heirloom toms. Sometimes the pure gene pools throw up some interesting hiccups.

Saving bird eye chilli seeds

Posted: 10/10/2013 at 14:54

Half an inch is too deep for tom seeds, nicola. They should be just covered and that's all. I drop them on top of the mix, sprinkle just enough mix over them to hide them, and press down gently.

How exactly did you ferment them in your propagator?

Saving bird eye chilli seeds

Posted: 10/10/2013 at 09:00

nicola, it's preferable, but tomatoes don't need to be 100% mature for seeds to be viable. Anything approaching 50% mature - when the tom has visibly developed some colour - will suffice. Your issue could have been one of sowing. How did you sow the tom seeds?

Passion fruit flowers

Posted: 07/10/2013 at 08:14

Passionfruit vines will usually drop some leaves in autumn as things cool down. If the leaves are a healthy green it should be nowt to worry about.

im going to pots :)

Posted: 01/10/2013 at 13:02

Fair enough too, Lyn. I don't know whether they were hybrids or not but did you notice any differences between individual fruits on a plant?

tomato problems

Posted: 01/10/2013 at 10:05
rocketman wrote (see)

Thnx for this. Maybe I had them too close together. I watered them evering evening - about two pints per plant. I did this because I understood if they flopped that would cause blossom end rot.

As a precaution I intend to spray the whole greenhouse with Jeyes fluid in the early spring

rocketman, if it was Blossom End Rot, it's caused by plant stress. The plant, stressed, is unable to distribute sufficient calcium via its internal mechanisms to the fruit.

Planting too close together won't trigger BER. It's more likely to create a climate for fungal problems with a lack of air circulation.

It's often said that an irregular watering pattern is the major cause of BER, the irregular pattern stressing the plant. It will certainly cause BER. As can fluctuating temperatures, excessive heat, etc. As can overwatering. I think you were overwatering. I'd follow Dovefromabove's watering pattern posted above. Less is always better with toms, both water and fertiliser. Toms perform at their best when left pretty much to their own devices.

It's hard to know what the problem was at the stem end of the fruit. Have you already disposed of the fruit? Is there a chance of a photo?


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