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Poorly oliver tree - advice please!

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 19:28

Outdoors is always better for Olives Jenny........depending where you are in UK they are hardy enough in the ground.  Containerised ones may need their pot protecting in a bad winter but will do well outside for most of the year.

Indoors, the atmosphere is too dry for them and they are more likely to become stressed and susceptible to problems.


Posted: 27/07/2014 at 18:45

Susan......if your Lavender is shrivelled ( not beyond the bounds if in pots and in this weather ), a good watering and shade from full sun for a few days should help them.

They do like sun and well drained but if containerised will always require more care and attention than if planted directly in the ground.

Dry is ok......but there is a limit

Bug ID? I think it's a hornet

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 16:52

BBoogie...........need a translation please.  What are emmits ?  I ask in case I have some as well and it sounds rather a nice name

can you id this please

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 16:47

Marjoram of some type...........leaves look too "fat" and soft for Thyme ?

As BBoogie says....smell will give u a clue

Echeveria lilacina

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 14:08

Kev.....the lower leaves do tend to die off ( a natural process ).

However, another reason could be that you have inadvertently got water on the leaves and the sun has scorched them and accelerated  the process.

I am unable to enlarge your pic so difficult to see clearly.  You could simply remove the affected leaves and pot on asap.

If the damage spreads further you need to consider other causes or return your plant to the Nursery you bought it from.

Identifying Tomato

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 21:07

Marmande is one of the older Beefsteak excellent variety IMO

Identifying Tomato

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 20:54

Looking at the growth .....some type of Beefsteak perhaps ?  The "seams" on the fruit certainly don't resemble Moneymaker or Roma

Olive tree woes

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 20:49 will probably have been the Romans...........canny lot

Wish list for seed and plant swap

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 20:44 my experience, Aeoniums don't flower too easily in the UK.

I have 3 different varieties and none have flowered here yet.  They are so easy to do from cuttings that growing from seed is perhaps a rather long winded way of getting a collection of these plants.

I realise you need to obtain the material in the first place tho ..........maybe there are more people on the forum who would be willing to offer cutting material of those specific ones you want

My Clematis Montana is wilting - what should I do?

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 19:59

Ivonne.......C Montana tends to be a rather vigorous plant.......not one I would immediately think of for a container.

Any plant in a container will require more care and attention than one in the ground - watering, feeding etc.

Someone with more experience of Clematis will be able to offer you some specific advice I am sure

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