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Lower leaves on tomatoes going yellow

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 14:08

I always take the lower leaves off whether they go yellow or not.

Trachelospermum jasminoides

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 14:07

My jasmine has put in loads of growth this year, but no flowers.  How do I make flower?  It looks really healthy, but not a single bud.  Should I prune it to make it flower, if so when?

Gardenia Crown Jewels

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 14:05

Can anyone advise please?  I treated myself to a hardy gardenia as I adore their fragrance. It is in a small pot in ericaceous compost but it is not thriving - possibly dying.  Help!

things that shouldn't be flowering at Christmas!

Posted: 26/12/2013 at 12:19



Posted: 30/08/2013 at 18:51

I read somewhere that you should loosen the roots to stop them growing and push all their energy into ripening the fruit.  I tried cutting mine and hanging them in the garage last year and they all rotted.  There's always green tomato chutney!

Trailing plant for chimney pot.

Posted: 30/08/2013 at 18:48

I have a variegated ivy in mine.  It's hardy, evergreen and there are some really pretty colours and leaf shapes available.  Mine grows so vigorously I have to chop it back every spring.  I don't need to water mine either as it seems to manage without.  It is on gravel though and hasn't been moved for years, so I suspect its roots have gone down into the soil.  I guess you would have to water yours more regularly


Posted: 11/08/2013 at 11:39

Thanks to everyone who replied.  My honeysuckle has now recovered and is flowering. I have cleared the Alchemilla from the base, fed it and re-mulched, plus the latest downpours have helped no end.


Posted: 11/08/2013 at 11:37

Thanks for the tips.  It's good to know I'mnot alone in failures this year.  I'll try protecting them with fleece for longer next winter and then netting to keep the birds off - although my cat does a pretty good job with that.  Could be pigeons though -lots of them and they aren't afraid of the cat!

Zoomer44 - I grow Patriot and Blue Gold.


Posted: 02/08/2013 at 18:16

I have 2 different blueberries ( as recommended) planted in large pots.  the last 2 years they have fruited quite well.  they are in ericacious compost and I fed them during the spring to get them going again after the winter.  I pruned out the centre stems to create a bowl shape to let more air into the plants.  But only about 6 berries between them this year.  should I have pruned them harder, if so when?  What should I do to get more fruit next year?


Posted: 23/06/2013 at 11:07

I have a honeysuckly planted against a fence which faces south East so it gets the sun until late morning.  Not sure which variety it is as I lost the label. It is in quite a narrow bed at the edge of the patio.  It's underplanted with ladies mantle and mulched with bark.  Every spring it grows lush and green with lots of flowering shoots, then in early June most of the leaves drop off, leaving me with a very tatty plant.  This year I fed it when this happened with an organic liquid flower food and it is now beginning to recover and flower. 

does anyone have any idea why this should happen?  Is it drying out at a critical point?

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Discussions started by sallya42

Trachelospermum jasminoides

Why no flowers 
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Last Post: 28/06/2015 at 21:54

Gardenia Crown Jewels

Help - leaves going yellow 
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Last Post: 22/06/2014 at 14:51

things that shouldn't be flowering at Christmas!

My untidy garden habits led to this geranium staying in its planter on the garage wall and it's flowering on Christmas day! 
Replies: 5    Views: 594
Last Post: 26/12/2013 at 17:56


Why haven't mine fruited this year? 
Replies: 6    Views: 643
Last Post: 11/08/2013 at 23:43


why do the leaves keep dropping off in early summer? 
Replies: 3    Views: 663
Last Post: 11/08/2013 at 11:39

Brunnera Jack Frost

should I cut it back after flowering? 
Replies: 2    Views: 966
Last Post: 05/06/2012 at 12:32
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