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Curly leaves on tomato plants...

Posted: 13/04/2012 at 18:45

It could well be due to cold weather my greenhouse thermometer has shown very low temperatures over the past couple of weeks. Also it sounds like you have potted them up too early you should only be planting them into large pots when the first flower opens, from the seedling stage you should gradually increase pot size up to about 3.5 Inch then plant into final growing pot when first flower opens.

when to take fuschia cuttings

Posted: 13/04/2012 at 16:57

Softwood cuttings can be taken any time throughout the summer, and semi-ripe fuchsia cuttings are taken in August And September. Within a year or two you should have flowering plants.


Posted: 13/04/2012 at 16:38

The best plant food for tomatoes is one of the proprietary tomato liquid feeds. Which you need to start using once the first truss has set and you can see the small fruit forming, then feed weekly to to every ten days or as instructions on the brand of feed you buy.

Black invaders

Posted: 26/03/2012 at 22:11

Could they be Thrips (thunder flies).

North West corner of garden

Posted: 22/03/2012 at 23:21

Laurel will grow well in most conditions and gives good screening, but is rather plain.


Posted: 22/03/2012 at 23:07

You should take them out of the heated propagator as soon as most of the seedlings have emerged from the compost or they will get leggy. I usually put another propagator lid over them for a few more days just as a bit of added protection.

Novice Gardener needs help

Posted: 17/03/2012 at 23:52

Ceanothus is a nice evergreen shrub with masses of blue flowers in early summer, and only needs a trim after flowering, and dosn't seem to get many pest problems.

Rhododendron Mould?

Posted: 17/03/2012 at 23:39

Rhododendrons don't like being cut back hard, in spring it's ok to trim old and straggly stems. Also the black mould should gradually get washed off by the rain after you have treated the scale problem.

Rhododendron Mould?

Posted: 17/03/2012 at 20:42

The plant has probably got scale insects look carefully on the under sides of the leaves above the black mould, the scales are usually seen along the center of the leaves and down the stems if you find them you will have use a spray to get rid of them.

Talkback: How to make a box ball

Posted: 13/03/2012 at 22:52

You can take box cuttings in August to September, about 3 to 4 inch stems dipped in some rooting powder or gel if you have any, into gritty compost. by early the next year you should be able to pot them up singly. It takes about two years to get plants the size to plant out .( cut the stems just under a leaf and remove the bottom few leaves or take heel cuttings, I usually do a few of both and just keep them in a unheated greenhouse and most take)

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