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Growing a fig tree without containing the roots (and which variety is most vigorous?)...

Posted: 19/04/2017 at 22:49

Brown Turkey is the variety most suited to the UK climate as it is hardier than others.

I have a friend in Belgium who grows them in the ground and between his house and the neighbours' so it doesn't get full sun all day.   He gets figs and also babies so it must be happy.

I had one of his babies and grew it in a pot but my garden then was more exposed and the tree was often frozen to death but then re-grew from the roots each year.   I eventually moved it to the ground in an unheated greenhouse and it went mad with lots of growth and fruits.

In this new garden we have inherited a large, overgrown fig planted out in poor ground.  It was very healthy and leafy when we arrived in October but not a fruit in sight so I gave it a severe talking to and pruned out a lot of stems to open it up and it is now covered in small fruits and new leaf buds.

I suggest you give it a go.  Even if you don't get many fruits you'll have an attractive plant with lovely foliage.   If you do get a cold snap forecast you can protect the small plant with fleece till it gets big enough to cope. 

This is what the RHS advises - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=106

Sticky buds

Posted: 19/04/2017 at 22:27

Sticky Willy sounds like a nasty complaint.


Posted: 19/04/2017 at 22:26

I can't tell you how many slugs I chucked into the road to be splatted RG.  In this garden it's snails.  Much easier to lob.  

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Posted: 19/04/2017 at 22:21

Well, we could then add a rider that a weed is just a plant you don't want or don't like.


Posted: 19/04/2017 at 22:10

We could be naughty and answer all such posts with Plant.  Technically correct.

Sums up my weekend

Posted: 19/04/2017 at 22:07

It does seem bizarre and a tad unreasonable KT.   You and your rellies are going to need your sense of humour for this one.

Help I.D this plant

Posted: 19/04/2017 at 21:47

Yes, aquilegia or granny's bonnet.   Lots of lovely colours, often two toned, but they're promiscuous and cross pollinate and can end up just being a rather muddy pink.   You'll have to let it flower to see if it's a keeper.

Sticky buds

Posted: 19/04/2017 at 21:42

Perhaps it's a northern thing Pdoc.   Yes Nut, takes ages to heal too.


Posted: 19/04/2017 at 21:38

I have recently planted some new ones in pots and there's nothing showing in one and short shoots from the other kind - neither is the big blousy Dame Edna kind.   

Creating a Wildlife Pond

Posted: 19/04/2017 at 21:33

That's amazing Yvie.   Well done.  I hope you're feeling very pleased with yourself.

I echo Hosta's moans about yellow flag iris and bullrush.  The pond here is full of bullrush and our old one was terraformed by flag iris.   Nightmares the pair of them.

I love sagittaria sagittifolia, water hawthorn, pontaderia cordata and marginal irises - in case you want ideas..

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