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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)

tomatoes and mould

Posted: 13/03/2012 at 21:15

You did not describe the mould you get on your plants. There are a few different moulds tomato plants can get, a grey mould (Botrytis) and tomato leaf mould which causes brown purplish patches on the under sides of the leaves and yellow patches on the top, both of these can be caused by damp conditions and not enough ventilation especially at night. You can also get a black sticky mould caused by pests such as white fly.

Mystery Houseplant

Posted: 13/03/2012 at 20:41

It is a Variegated umbrella plant (schefflera).


Posted: 06/03/2012 at 21:50

This can be caused by a lack of water in the previous summer when the buds are forming , if you need to water always try to use rain water.

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