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Plant I-D please.

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 17:33

Euphorbia, Achiliea and Pieris,

Mirabelle de Nancy plum

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 10:30

I cleared the roots from around the graft on my apple yesterday. I'm not sure if they were from the scion or the rootstock looking at this photo they look like they came from the rootstock but I'm glad I cut them away, it won't hurt the tree in the long run. Hopefully next year it will flower. There's flowers the Court Pendu Plat I grafted onto it but I'm not going to read much into that yet. The variety was originally Ambassy. I don't know much about that other than it's an early and that's probably it only virtue.





Mirabelle de Nancy plum

Posted: 18/04/2014 at 09:55

My Mirabelles have finished flowering already, I'm in County Durham. This is just the first full year they've been in. I think you've buried your graft. Have a look at the base of the tree if you can't see a join then dig down gently with a trowel until you find the join.


If you have buried it then uncover it, if any roots are coming from the scion then remove them with a very sharp knife or secateurs. The graft/join should be well above the soil since even an inch above may not be enough to stop the scion rooting in especially since you've mulched. I've got an apple tree that I think has probably rooted from the scion even though it's above the soil. There's roots coming from the join which could be from either the rootstock or the scion and it still hasn't flowered which tells me I need to get the secateurs out. 


Mirabelle de Nancy plum

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 11:27

Always ensure you don't burry the graft if you do the scion will root and want to be a large tree before it flowers.

What do you think this is?

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 11:21

No, Japenese knotweed are never that colour.

when do i take root cuttings of Japanese anemones?

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 11:19

Traditionally root cuttings are done in late autumn.

Plant ID please

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 09:36

don't worry, I'm sure it will grow as long as you water it. They're tough and root easily. You can also try a cutting. Hard wood cuttings root very easily in winter.

Plant ID please

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 15:59

What will happen is it will break your fence if next door doesn't get rid of it first. 

Plant biology.

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 15:51
Mike Allen wrote (see)

Thanks friends.  However sad to say.  I feel that my question remains unsolved.  

Your questions is probably unanswered Mike because none of us really knew what you were asking as your question didn't make sense. 

planting under and apple tree

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 11:29

If your tree is that old it will be fine. My neighbour digs over underneath her apple and pear tree. The roots of the tree will be quite deep, it will obviously have surface roots too but it won't harm the tree if you plant whatever you like underneath even grass, it will be totally fine. I've got bulbs and Monkshood underneath mine, oh, and an old rose. Some people freak out about Monkshood but it's complete nonsense it won't harm the tree to any extent that you'll notice.

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