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Jim Macd

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Apple tree against a wall

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 11:03

Sorry SN I said your tree probably wasn't on m26 I was confusing m26 with m25, M26 is between M9 and MM106 so ideal for pots and would be okay for an espalier.

Chelsea Chop

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 19:00

Yes, the Chelsea Chop is used to both delay flower or spread it if you chop some more than others and to keep the plant shorter at flowering thus preventing lanky plants. 

cordon soft fruits.

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 12:57

I agree wtih John, I wouldn't see the point. Sounds like a lot of work for little return.

Himalayan Balsam

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 11:13

Yes, gardeners and plant hunters have a lot to answer for!!! Not to mention people who release cute, fury creatures that eat everything in sight and dirve out our natives.

Chelsea Chop

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 11:06

If you chop too early you're defeating the object of the chop. It won't do your plant any harm but it might not have the desired benefit if the plant just grows back to full height.

Pruning plum tree

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 10:52

I wouldn't prune it at all, you're not growing for an team of pickers, what does it matter where the branches are, and why would you want a ladder to have to pick your fruit? I would be a bit bothered by the lean though, with a heavy crop all at the top of the tree you'll end up with the tree on the ground if you don't stake it or at least but it some ropes. I don't like tree stakes, they're for council estates to stop yobs snapping off your tree before it's grown thick enough to hang a 14 year old off.

Cleaning plastic plant labels

Posted: 28/04/2014 at 21:01
Edd wrote (see)

It might be because i'm So tight i only got double glazing fitted so the little one couldn't hear the ice cream van and you will only extract a 20p coin from my hand with a spanner because i designed them that shape.  .


The Cif worked really well, I can't believe I didn't try that before. Much better than getting out the ladders. I'll still have to buy some more though, I did some potting up and now don't have anymore left. By the way, I found UV resistant ones while searching on Sunday. I bought black and a white permanent marker for apple grafts. 

Apple tree against a wall

Posted: 28/04/2014 at 20:41

I was weeding by mine today and just happened to notice that the rootstock looks dead! So, I've had to do some emergency inarching using a couple of rootstocks I thankfully had left. I'd have like them to have been a bit more substantial but it's all I had.

 You can't really see the original rootstock on these photos but the main part of it was definitely dead. I'm hoping there was some other roots attached enough to keep the main part of the tree alive long enough for the new MM106's to take over. Fingers crossed. I don't want to lose my little Spartan. 

Apple tree against a wall

Posted: 28/04/2014 at 15:25

The main reason is it's on an M26 rootstock. I think you mean m27 but then again I wouldn't you want an M9 or MM106 for an espalier. But I've even learned that M27 isn't much use for pots. It's just not vigorous enough. I'm going to change my one onto an MM106, that will mean inarching the new rootstock. Might be easier to start from scratch. I would just enjoy your tree as it is, especially since it's so lovely. Buy another Maiden or two in November (that's only six months away) from one of the many good suppliers on line. 

By the way, for How To's - You Tube. 

Cleaning plastic plant labels

Posted: 28/04/2014 at 15:12

I thought I'd commented on this thread. How sad that I remember it. I tried putting them in the washer tied in a sock yesterday. What a waste of time, didn't even get them clean then my partner pointed out they are 2p each why are you wasting your time? Because I don't have any left! Anyway. For what it's worth Turpentine gets pencil off, but I'm too lazy to get the ladder out and get in the loft. That's proper turpentine not white spirits. Scrubbing them with a scourer is way to hard work for 2p. I've ordered a load of new ones but until they come I think I'll have to get in the loft for the turpentine out of my art box. 

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