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Propagating Acers - few dieing off quickly.

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 16:38

^^ Oh no!  I thought this might be one of the easier plants to propagate! I've had limited success with just here's, but then they were all sat on a window sill, facing direct sun for a while.

When you say outside, should I keep them in the pots and with the lids on?

Many thanks.

Ants inside brassicas

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 16:35

^^ Interesting tip re lavender (I have a fair bit of that too).  When you say filter, to you mean sieve out the lavender leaves or is there a more thorough method?

I don't have an issue with ants, but if I ever do...!

Wisteria in Pot.

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 16:30

It seems like only 15% of the leaves have (or already were that way on purchase) have yellowed ever so slightly, so I'm not concerned at the moment.  I've given the new compost a good feed and drink and as it looks like the heavens have opened, it will be getting a good drink today!

Hopefully it will be in the ground (rather than the pot) some time this summer so it can establish.  The pergola is still in planning mode!

Many thanks!

Propagating Acers - few dieing off quickly.

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 12:05

Hi folks.

We were bought an acer (Aureum) last year by my mum.  She really liked it and wished she'd bought one for herself. Unfortunately, the garden centre never stocked them again (I'm sure she could order one online if she wished).  I said I would take cuttings from ours and pass one on once established.

This acer is both really pretty (leaf shape and colours) but also very fast growing (it's been well fed to be fair!).  I'm new to propagating, but conscious of time and equipment.  Following a few guidelines, I've cut 4 inch new growth sections (they're red when new, before turning green as they grow) just beneath leaf nodes, dipped in rooting hormones then places in a pots (pinching out the soft tips).  

I initially placed a clear bag over them and sprayed them twice a day.  However, the stems have turned black on all but one (4 cuttings) and wilted beyond repair.  I've a feeling the bags were not helping (they crumbled in on top of the cutting) so I've now replaced them with plastic bottles cut in half.  This helps me keep an eye on them so I can spray them (usually in the morning and evening a few times).

They're situated on top of a fridge in our tiny back porch (one of those PVC with a thick perspex 'roof').  Not sure if they're getting too much warmth in there (especially over the past few days) and whether I should keep them on the floor rather on top of the fridge? Or am I over thinking this a little?  Perhaps the bags were the issue?

Any tips would be greatly appreciated!

I've attached a pic - the open pot makes the plant look more wilted than it actually is, these two are (so far) doing ok since I've used the bottle method.




Wisteria in Pot.

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 11:52

Hi annmarie!

The wisteria was actually ok, I was just concerned that every time I watered the pot the water just sat on top - flooded basically.  It would take a pretty long time for the water to drain and even the next day it would be sodden. 

Put this down to using top soil in the main, so as per the advice on here I've changed to multi purpose compost.  Now when I water, it drains as it should (though you've just reminded me I should've placed stones/gravel at the bottom of the pot!!).

This will eventually be moved into the ground anyway, so the pot is merely temporary.

I did notice very slight yellowing of *some* of the leaves and a night then seem to wilt (it's outside our patio doors so I can view it in the evening), but other than that it's looks very sprightly.  In fact, it looks better than the other specimens at our local garden centre (noticed them the other day - same place we purchased this from).

Many thanks!

Rosemary plants yellowing/wilting - leafhoppers?

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 10:49

Thanks Edd.  Almost certainly bugs then. However, I think they're probably leaf hoppers rather than those thrips you've posted above. I've shook the branches onto a piece of paper (like I did last year) and they're more like leaf hoppers (which are a fascinating species - ultra diverse!):

 A lot of the information doesn't seem entirely pratical though - if your garden is full of green (which ours is starting to become) then it's hard to not have an area these creatures can't hide in.  I have a lot of ground covering plants and 'garden walling' (hebe's/laurels etc). I guess I'll have to go down the spray route (that SB invigorator worked very well last year).

Just a shame I'm having to resort to that - but I guessing this is one of those things you have to live with?  Considered buying in some predators, but not too sure about those (knock on effects)?  This is the third year of our garden (was previously ALL slabbed!) and really starting to take off.  We now have insects, bees, wasps (none this year yet) and now a family of sparrows.  Downside is the birds have ruined my pumpkin and sunflowers this year (only a fraction of some Notte De Bella plants remain - these are all plants I've started from seed).  I think I need to look into netting!

Ok - many thanks again!

Rosemary plants yellowing/wilting - leafhoppers?

Posted: 29/06/2015 at 13:39

Hi folks.

I was about to start a new thread on this subject, but realised I'd created one a while back.  Bit of an update:

I contacted the nursery I purchased the Rosemary (Miss Jessop) from and asked her advice (I wasn't for a moment suggesting the problem stemmed from the plants themselves).  She didn't believe it to be leaf hopper, but advised (via a colleague) to use SB Plant Invigorator.  So, I picked up a 500ml bottle and used this over last summer.  The Rosemary (almost on their last legs) sprung to life and were fine ever since.  The same is occurring again this year (if I shake the plants, then dozens of small white flys appear - not flying rather than hopping).  They also have a fair bit of cuckoo spit (frog hopper) over them all (but apparently this isn't really an issue).

The lavenders didn't look too well in the spring, but in the last few weeks they too have sprung to life (they don't suffer the same issues as the Rosemary however).

Question is, should I continue to spray the plants with SB (one bottle usually last the summer)?  I feel as if I'm cheating a little and would prefer the garden to self manage - I guess this is heading towards 'organic'!?

The other option is to take them all out and start again with a different variety.  I do give them a good watering and they get a fair bit of sun up to midday then late afternoon to evening.  On one side of them are laurels (for form a green wall/fence) and the other buxus (growing well - already squared off).  

Many thanks.

Wisteria in Pot.

Posted: 25/06/2015 at 17:19

Thanks for the advice.  I'm hoping it isn't going to stay in the pot too long, but that all depends on the pergola getting built (it's a simple, yet slightly different that 'usual' design!).

BTW - are they coffee/tea grounds doing any good?  I've never had any issues with plants fed by them (these are ground from my espressed ground coffee beans).  I quite like the 'circle of life' drama to it!


Cherry Morello (dwarf) lack of leaves.

Posted: 25/06/2015 at 16:37

^^ Many thanks Dovefromabove.

I'll look out for further advice re pruning, although I was following the instructions for cherry tree pruning before this summer.  The fly in the ointment here is the new branches that have appeared randomly (and the ones on the end of the bare branches) which makes the tree look oddly shaped!


Wisteria in Pot.

Posted: 25/06/2015 at 16:34

^^ Cheers - I'm pretty sure the mix I put in was multi-purpose, perhaps not enough to compensate for the top soil.

I'll get it changed over the weekend (even in this sun it's sodden from yesterdays watering!).

Many thanks.

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