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Hollows in fig tree branch stumps - a problem?

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 19:59

Ok thanks Dove.  I took it back (it was brown turkey to go outside), now it is a hunt for another.  I have the pit dug ready to fill, normally I buy a plant and struggle to get it in the ground!

Hollows in fig tree branch stumps - a problem?

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 20:28

We spent today digging the pit for it but it isn't planted yet so I can still take it back.  I have just seen this on the RHS website 'Always leave 5cm (2in) long stubs when removing any branches.'

It is on this page:

There are several buds/mini leaves developing lower down so I thought it looked quite healthy - it was the best of the four there as the others had brown leaves.

Any changes of minds?


Hollows in fig tree branch stumps - a problem?

Posted: 12/07/2014 at 21:23

I bought a fig tree half price today but I noticed it has hollow stems in two places where a branch has been cut off, hopefully you can see this in the photo.Are these hollows are problem? - I can still return the plant.  It is destined for my allotment to be grown as a bush.



New lawn project - where to start?

Posted: 06/05/2014 at 14:28

I can't comment on the grass but we have small children and they love our paved path that goes right round the garden.  They use scooters, bikes, trikes and the go-kart to go round and round.  There is also a bit of a slope (about a foot and a half drop) at the end which is good for launching off and might be appreciated when we get to skateboards and rollerblades.

You could make a raised area that makes it more interesting and incorporates a path and slope.  I'd have some hidaway areas with big plants in flowerbeds and not just have a very large amount of grass.

Anybody use Stewart Balconniere planters?

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 08:29

Hi Salino and pansyface,

Thanks for the detailed replies Salino, I didn't hold out much hope for a response last night!

I have the feeding tube in place, mine is set up as you describe apart from the layer of stones just above the infill.  I took the 2nd image on the amazon site literally when filling the planter a few weeks ago, as the infill has holes in it I figured that the soil would go through into the reservoir unless I put the stones in place, that was why I did it.  Maybe it doesn't matter if the soil does go through the holes in the infill so I'll re-pot and remove the stones.

As you suggest I'll water from the top also until my blueberry plants have grown.  It would be great if these containers work as I'd like to be able to go away in summer without worrying about plants dying.


You can see the drip tray in this photo at the bottom, they just catch any overflow of water if one fills it too much and are not necessary if the container is outside:

Anybody use Stewart Balconniere planters?

Posted: 04/05/2014 at 22:10

I put stones on the bottom shelf to stop soil filling up the reservoir of water at the bottom of the planter, then soil on top. I left the bit of the shelf that drops right to the bottom of the planter as I realised that some earth needs to be in contact with the water.  I guess the water is drawn up by capillary action but there are no instructions either when I bought the planter or on the Stewart website.  There was a picture on the planter label that suggests the water reservoir should not be full of earth, just water.

However the soil seems too dry and I'm having to water the top of the earth as well as fill up the reservoir.  Should I remove the stones even if the soil then drops though the small holes in the bottom shelf?

This is a link to the planter:

Thanks for any advice.

Where do you keep your tender plants?

Posted: 29/03/2014 at 21:19

My mini greenhouse (metal shelves, plastic cover) seems to get too cold - it went down to -1.1 when we had frost recently.  I've been bringing them inside but it is a faff and I want to start off more seeds.

Is the temperature the problem or is it frost that kills them off?  Will a fleece cover keep the greenhouse above zero?

Thanks for any info.

What plants do you use to ensure clematis roots are in the shade?

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 20:38

I've just got a few bricks a year after planting, it is definitely time to find something!

I'm unsure if plants need to be evergreen and what sort of height.  Does one need to have plants that are not very thirsty/hungry so that the clematis are not competing?

The two clematis I have are in full sun.

Also, is it true that honeysuckle also likes it's roots in the shade?

Will my euonymous climb up the fence?

Posted: 26/02/2014 at 20:40

Thanks for the feedback.

Escallonia sounds interesting, if I grow on of the ones that gets quite high (4 - 8 metres in 5 - 10 years will it get to the top of a 6 ft fence in only a few years?

Damp soil for it might be a problem though as it is a sunny sight.

Will my euonymous climb up the fence?

Posted: 25/02/2014 at 10:14

I had about six metres of south west facing fence to fill which we look out onto and is by the patio. The ceanothus is growing well, I have a decidious honeysuckle and two decidious clematis but I wanted an evergreen plant near the house so that some of the fence is covered all year.  I got clematis armandii and after initally growing well the growing tips died after some strong spring winds and then the leaf tips started going brown.

I made a mistake as I grew sunflowers near it and this finished it off I think with the hot weather.  There is a gap between the fence and house which creates a wind tunnel effect although that area may always be windy as it is in the corner of our 100ft garden.  I'd love an evergreen climber but they all say they need a sheltered site, that is why I got the euonymous as I think I read it can cope with a windy site.

Thanks for any suggestions.

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Hollows in fig tree branch stumps - a problem?

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Anybody use Stewart Balconniere planters?

Advice needed 
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Where do you keep your tender plants?

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Will my euonymous climb up the fence?

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Do I plant my biennial bellis daisy out or keep it inside?

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Can you identify this rose please?

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Can you identify this plant and is it ill/deficient?

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Clematis armandii - what is the problem?

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