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Cherry Morello (dwarf) lack of leaves.

Posted: Yesterday at 19:00

We never seem to garner a great haul of cherries anyway (and the birds find a way in the netting, which is also a pain to put up!) so no biggy to pluck the embryonic morellos!

I have actually fed them with fish blood & bone but can happily feed them more.  I also throw my coffee & tea grounds on plants - not sure if that ever helps?

I did a trim on the hedges last year (sides and top) but I think you're right in that they need doing again soon (will give them a whirl tonight).  Such is the size now, it's perhaps time to get the electric hedge trimmer out! I do want a nice, tight hedge so I'll keep an eye out on it.  

Thanks for the all the helpful info - really appreciated.  I'll update this thread if required.

BTW - they were purchased as dwarf cherry morello trees, but is there an approximate height I can expect them to grow?

 

Thanks again! 

Cherry Morello (dwarf) lack of leaves.

Posted: Yesterday at 14:22

Excellent - thanks for the tips 

For the record, the trees are as colt rootstock.

Reading about them (as pasted below) it suggests permanently staking them?

Also, from your link, there's a method for tiring the branches down which I may or may not do. Probably after a height (if they survive!) of around 8 feet, which would be just about right for that pocket of garden. One will encroach on a small patio I will be building, but I think it will add to it (will have to sink it in a hole in the paving slabs.

Name of rootstock: Colt (semi-vigorous)
Suitable for: Bush, half standard, fans
Start fruiting: After three or four years
Ultimate height as trained as bush: 6m (20ft)
Growing conditions: Many soils tolerated including clay and light, chalky soils
Staking: Permanently
Spacing: 6m (20ft)

 

Many thanks!

Cherry Morello (dwarf) lack of leaves.

Posted: Yesterday at 11:13

We never seem to garner a great haul of cherries anyway (and the birds find a way in the netting, which is also a pain to put up!) so no biggy to pluck the embryonic morellos!

I have actually fed them with fish blood & bone but can happily feed them more.  I also throw my coffee & tea grounds on plants - not sure if that ever helps?

I did a trim on the hedges last year (sides and top) but I think you're right in that they need doing again soon (will give them a whirl tonight).  Such is the size now, it's perhaps time to get the electric hedge trimmer out! I do want a nice, tight hedge so I'll keep an eye out on it.  

Thanks for the all the helpful info - really appreciated.  I'll update this thread if required.

BTW - they were purchased as dwarf cherry morello trees, but is there an approximate height I can expect them to grow?

 

Thanks again! 

Cherry Morello (dwarf) lack of leaves.

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 20:55

Thanks folks.  Perhaps there's a chance of saving them in that case.

I was worried that a heavy pruning and overdose of copper spray late last year may have harmed them.  Or perhaps they were not getting enough potassium from the soil?

I've just given them three buckets each of water (although we've had a much needed bout of rain at the start of this week) and will continue as advised.  Yes, the leylandii are a bit 'green elephant in the room'.  Was hoping they might not be an issue with trees/other plants close by, but part of me suspected.

I'll transplant them in the winter (Nov/Dec?).  There's just one spot they can go, around six feet in front of them (close to a shed).  They'll have a bit more sun here too (will then be south facing but protected from the north by the shed) so perhaps a better spot anyway (they lost a bit of their sparkle as they blend into the background of those conifers).  Always a bit of conundrum wanting a nice garden but having kids that need space to play and with an eye on any future  house extension work.  I enjoy it mind (not being particularly green fingered).  

When we moved in here 2 1/2 half years ago the back 'garden' was pure concrete and paving slabs (all 200 of them!).  Ended up planting around 150 new plants (handful of trees - fruit/acers etc) and it's finally starting to come together.  Around the perimeter I wanted a 'green wall' hence the leylandii down two sides and laurels on the other.  When they're all at the right height I'll square them off (side and heights).  Do quite like my geometric gardens (possibly a bit OCD)!

So - with a good watering and eventual transplant do you think I should be able to recover them?  Despite their current state, I've noticed a few cherries already on the few branches that have leaves.

Many thanks!

Cherry Morello (dwarf) lack of leaves.

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 11:54

Hi all.

We purchased a couple of Cherry Morello trees a couple of years ago.  A few months in they seemed to adopt a bacterial canker: advised the nursery of this issue and they immediately sent two new trees to us (we destroyed the old trees).  These were lovely specimens, producing a decent crop of cherries last year.

Going off RHS advice on pruning cherry trees, I gave them a good cut last autumn (mainly cross/inturning branches). Come this spring however, and they're really struggling to produce leaves.  We had a fair bit of blossom, but these were mainly situated on the ends of the branches.  Over the past week, small sprouts are appearing lower down the branches but as you'll see on the picture, it's hardly flourishing.  I planted two apples (different varieties) on the other side of the garden and these are thriving.  Our next door neighbour has at least three cherries and they are fully of leaves (given the size of the trunks, these are pretty old trees). I remember a few years ago (in a different house) having trouble growing cherry trees...I've managed to grow pretty much everything else successfully.

Do you think I should leave them to it this summer (and not prune any further this year) or do you think they're on the their last legs?  If they are I don't think I'll take a chance with Cherry trees again, which would be a shame as they're a lovely looking tree in the garden.

The trees are close to a fence and are east facing (thereabouts).

Many thanks!

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/76986.jpg?width=478&height=350&mode=max

 

Can't identify plants in garden!

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 15:07

Excellent - thanks everybody.  That's the one

Perennials too...my mum will be pleased.  She's placed an order for the seeds when they appear (whenever that might be) or might try and pick up some this weekend.

Not sure if this variety reaches that height but I've just read they can grow up to 6 feet?  

I had to prune it a few weeks back (growing into a nearby acer of similar colours).  Its' already branched off into new flowers.  Lovely looking and fast growing plant.  Will water tonight as lack of rain has left it a little droopy.

Thanks all!

Can't identify plants in garden!

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 13:09

Hi folks.

Our son brought a wither plant home (stem and two leaves!) in a plastic cup a few months back.  Placed it outside and watered it as usual.  He seemed to think his teachers told him it was some kind of bean plant (we presumed broad beans) and that was that (from experience the plants our children bring back from school tend to be cress that dies off after a few weeks!).

Anyway, it seemed to perk up so I placed it in the garden (hoping we might get a few broad beans .

Lo and behold, a few months later it now looks like this:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/58769.jpg?width=478&height=350&mode=max

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/58770.jpg?width=478&height=350&mode=max

 I thought it might be marigold, but when my mother came up to visit us last night, she said it was more like a dahlia?  

It is actually one plant, but it seems to have three (slightly different) flower types growing on it (three different shades - not quite evident in the photo).

Anybody able to identify?  We presume it's from a pack of seeds the school brought it...so quite possibly not a rare one, but intrigued all the same!

 

Many thanks.

Rosemary plants yellowing/wilting - leafhoppers?

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 12:34

Hi all.

Last year I planted a row of Rosemary and Lavenders (14 of each alternating - Rosemary Miss Jessop and Lavender Ashdown Forest).  They were chosen by the nursery as a pair that would grow well together.  Out of 14 lavender, around four looked like they had not done too well over winter (despite being v mild) but thankfully, over the past few weeks they've sprung to life from seemingly dead wood, though not quite as full as the rest which are really growing now....but that's another story!

The Rosemary has also thrived very well.  I wanted a low rosemary hedge after seeing one in Cornwall last year and also to use in cooking.

However, over the past week I've noticed it looking a little unwell (some plants more than others) and over the past couple of days they're very obvious signs that all is not well.  After a good trawl over the internet the other evening then following advice given through various articles, I pinpointed the issue to be bugs.  Although the sun hasn't been out much of late, the plants have been watered naturally by the rain, and the soil (I'm pretty certain) has good drainage.  

Initially thinking it might be spider mites, I shook a branch of the rosemary over a piece of paper.  From just one branch as many as 20 'leaf hoppers' fell onto the paper.  Lo and behold, shaking all the other bushes let fly hundreds of them.

Yesterday I 'jet washed' the whole lot (to try and shake off as many as possible); cut the rosemary back a fair bit and  have also sprayed a homemade concoction of garlic (soaked for 24 hours) mixed with natural soap and water.  I noticed this morning that a healthy Oregano plant nearby has also started to turn yellow (though does this every year but grows back in abundance the following year).  Related?  I also have a pot of mint which again, seems afflicted by the same issues (has leafhoppers in it also).  This thrives in the spring, but then becomes very sparse and  has dry, yellowish leaves.  Again, this happens every year and I never really follow up a cure, but given the state of the rosemary it would be good if I can prevent any of them ending up like this.

I've attached pics of the rosemary and oregano.

Many thanks.

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/48224.jpg?width=478&height=350&mode=max

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/48225.jpg?width=478&height=350&mode=max

 

One-two branches on cherry tree has brown leaves.

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 19:52

Just a quick update - the nursery were very helpful (after I sent them pics in the original email) and are concerned enough to advise they would be sending replacements and the current ones should be removed.

What I'm slighly worried about is the same happening again. Is there anything I can do when I plant the new ones to give them a really good start (although, as you say, I've probably been a little unlucky)?  Did in some type of fertalizer (and horticultural sand to help with any drainage issues?).

Many thanks.

One-two branches on cherry tree has brown leaves.

Posted: 17/06/2013 at 13:00

Thanks Alina - I've sent the company a missive with photograph, but I suspect if it needs replacing it would be hard to proove it's not my negligent aftercare (over watering for example).  If that's the case, then I'll give it a good prune (taking away affected branches) and hope for the best.

Could overwatering cause such diseases btw? I usually give all my plants a good water until established.

The reason I asked about Cherry trees being fairly tricky to grow is because the only other tree/shurb that died on me (apart from basil and coriander!) was a cherry tree in our old house.  That died not longer after we planted it.  The apple tree is doing well (I presume as we moved last year) ten years on.

Many thanks.

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