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Pear Pruning help

Posted: 22/07/2016 at 10:20

Thank you very much for your detailed information, Pansyface. I now understand what happened. My husband has just reminded me that we had a new greenhouse put in  last year (April)  and that the man who did it hacked a part of the pear tree off to make some room. The tree grew the shoots in August - this hacking obviously caused the problem.

Pear Pruning help

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 22:47

Yes, the year before I got a tree man to come and prune it. Could you tell me why you asked?  Only the long shoots are dead - not the rest of the tree. Thank you for any help.

Pear Pruning help

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 22:21

Last year my pear tree grew a lot of long green vertical shoots.


This year these shoots (about 100) have turned brown and are


dead. What are they and why did they grow only to die?


Should I have pruned them off last summer?

Alstroemeria in pots

Posted: 08/11/2015 at 18:53

Thanks Verdun. Is that John Innes 3 ? Shall I put grit in too?

Alstroemeria in pots

Posted: 08/11/2015 at 18:14

I also bought my 'Indian Summer' alstroemeria from T and M and agree that they have been the best thing that I have bought from them. Although they were very small plugs when they came in May, they soon grew really big - I just had to keep them away from slugs and snails at first. I am also interested in dividing my pots of Alstroemeria next Spring. I suppose you turn them out of the pots and divide them with a spade?

Alstroemeria in pots

Posted: 06/11/2015 at 23:15

Thank you Alan Clark2 (have just seen old footage of the Hollies singing on the TV!) and Verdun. I will leave them outside and put jackets over them if we get real cold.

Have never grown them before and am impressed by how many flowers they have. They have been blooming since June and the blue foliage of 'Indian Summer' is very attractive.

Alstroemeria in pots

Posted: 06/11/2015 at 21:03

I have some lovely alstroemeria  (Indian Summer) in pots and they are still flowering madly.

Should I overwinter them in the green house or can I leave them outside?

I live in the South near the sea so it doesn't get much below - 5 C.

Beetroot seedlings

Posted: 02/11/2015 at 15:27

Thank you - I will try Bolthardy in the spring.

Over wintering strawberry runners

Posted: 02/11/2015 at 15:25

Yes, I agree about strawberry mats. I used them for the first time this year and they really worked, keeping the strawberries off the ground and allowing them to ripen well. Of course, some still got eaten by blackbirds.

I am  going to grow them in the green house next year to give them the maximum protection.

Over wintering strawberry runners

Posted: 01/11/2015 at 23:42

I have decided to pot up my runners in the spring and keep them in my greenhouse because this year so many berries got eaten by birds and slugs. Someone on this site recommended keeping them in the greenhouse in a Growbag.

 After 2 years of having very few berries, this year was a bumper year and I even picked 3 strawberries today (1st November) - so I think 4th Panda is right. Try again next year - either outside or in the greenhouse or both to see which is better.

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