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Hollyhock and rust

Posted: 09/12/2016 at 00:55
BobTheGardener says:

My experience is that if hollyhocks are infected with rust, there is nothing you can do to save them.  I had to give up growing them completely as no matter whether I grew from seed or bought plants, they always became infected in no time.  No difference in pots or ground.

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 My Hollyhocks got infected in their 2nd year. But I really love the double variety and if I have to replace them every year I don't think thats so bad. The question I want an answer for is the ones in the ground that were infected. Will they have the disease next year?

Hayfever and gardening as a career

Posted: 09/12/2016 at 00:14

*****Hi Ruby leaf I work as a gardener full time and suffer from hay fever how ever I get tablets prescribed from the doctors 1 tablet each morning and away I go grass cutting planting weeding chain saw work etc.******

I didn't know you could get hayfever stuff from the doctor. Did you find the name?

*****My advice - don't let hay fever hold you back if gardening is the career you want!*****

It is! The problem is I have no clue where to start!

*****I also use a beconase nasal spray twice a day and this keeps the worst of the symptoms under control. if I'm working in the garden I sometimes put a thin layer of Vaseline in my nostrils and blow my nose periodically and then reapply. I won't let it spoil my enjoyment of gardening. *****

I really hate those nose sprays. Its not a nice sensation having something sprayed up your nose :x

I've tried vaseline before but the problem as with hayfever noses run, re-applying the stuff becomes a chore.


I don't know. Its certainly the one we have as lawns though.

Hollyhock and rust

Posted: 06/12/2016 at 17:52
Edd says:

Rust disease is caused by a fungal parasite. Unfortunately, there is no easy treatment for rust.

Avoid wet areas and remove all infected parts and destroy them.

Dust your plants with sulfur early next season to prevent infection and keep mild infections from spreading.

Try any other methods that people on here provide. Garlic sprays with bicarbonate of soda will increase the alkalinity that will stop any fungal growth but too much will burn the plants.

Best to ask a professional about chemicals (if you need to use them. I'm out of touch with the new stuff but I doubt it has changed ) They will charge you Unfortunately.

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 Do garden centres sell garlic spray with bicarb in? Or am I supposed to mix it?

What if the majority of the plant was infected? They're both still in the ground atm.

Hayfever and gardening as a career

Posted: 05/12/2016 at 23:25

Greetings fellow gardeners, and fellow hayfever sufferers! I've come here with a question I haven't dared ask because I was afraid to hear the answer. But I have to know eventually, especially since I want a career in gardening.

As you already guessed I suffer from hayfever. Specifically from grass pollen which affects me late spring. This year it was from the end of May till mid July and this is the typical length it affects me for. For me the symptoms are not crippling, just average with the usual symptoms of runny nose, sneezing, and eye irritation.

When I saw gardening as career I mean planting, raising seeds, the usual stuff we do.

So guys, what's your opinion? 

Hollyhock and rust

Posted: 05/12/2016 at 23:15

This year my Hollyhocks got a bad case of rust. Stems, foliage and flowers were affected. The best it could manage was the flower bud opening a little before the rust killed it.

I wanted to know if I should dig them up and get rid of them?

Last edited: 05 December 2016 23:15:47

Recommended pet (for cats) insurance?

Posted: 28/11/2014 at 23:50

First of all is there a pet insurance that covers teeth health? My cat supposidly needs some teeth taken out and anesthetic is needed, plus teeth cleaning. Insurance (well mine) being one of the biggest con merchants out there said its a grooming issue.

atm I'm with post office pet insurance but wanted to know if I'm missing out on better ones.

Stone cutting

Posted: 23/10/2014 at 22:29

Fair enough. Thanks

Stone cutting

Posted: 23/10/2014 at 20:29

Hello all! I have some coping stones to go on top of my pond, but the problem is two need cutting. Does anyone know if there is a stone cutting service in Birmingham?

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Posted: 08/09/2014 at 23:26

Thats the one! I had an inkling it began with an A but wasn't sure enough to say it. Many thanks guys !

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Posted: 08/09/2014 at 21:19

Its not Arum. It doesn't have berries as far as I remember.

Liriodendron I don't know if its a wild plant. It comes in different colours. It was featured on gardeners world or Chelsea flower show a few months back too.

Arg.. wish I remembered more.


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