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Plant query

Posted: 19/08/2017 at 11:13

I beg to differ with some of the comments here. While I agree that it is very difficult to erdaicate this pernicious weed, it can be done. This is particularly true if the mares tail is still relatively small, as in your pictures.

I had a small isolated plot in my back garden that was overgrown and i discovered some mares tail in it. I dug down as deep as I could (to the base clay) at as distance of about a metre from the centre of each plant and removed everything.

Unfortunately, as mentioned, the roots can go very deep, as much as two metres according to the RHS website. But when the plants are young the roots are not going to be that deep. The main problem is is that, like some other pernicious weeds, it can regrow from the tiniest bit of root left in the ground..

So you have to keep a close eye out for new growth when you've removed them. To remove these new ones I also dug deeply around them but only a few inches from the centre this time and when I removed them I could see that I had all the roots.

I also treated some with a strong root-killing weedkiller. You have to bruise some of the leaves between thumb and finger before applying or spraying the weedkiller and repeat the application daily until you see them start to die.

It's taken me two years but they have now all gone. If you have a lot more than in the picture weedkiller rather than digging may be your best option.

Sunflower Heads

Posted: 31/07/2017 at 09:40

There are many sunflower varieties that are multi-headed.


Posted: 21/07/2017 at 09:55
joyce mannell says:


I have lillies in a tub they dont grow very tall what is the epsom salts and seeweed for to build up the bulbs can I buy seeweed from homebase as I only have tomatoe feed 

Ive just bought 15 just for postage and put in  tubs as my soil in the borders is so hard 

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 Hi Joyce, one place I know that sells liquid seaweed is Wilkinsons, the budget home supplies chain. It's relatively expensive at about £4.00 a bottle but definitely worth using. They often have big reductions on this and other garden items in the autumn and it keeps very well.

Loving Lavatera

Posted: 15/07/2017 at 16:49

Hi, you need to post your question as a new thread otherwise no one is going to see it. This thread is from 2013!

ID for small flowering plant

Posted: 15/07/2017 at 16:41

Thanks Lyn!

ID for small flowering plant

Posted: 15/07/2017 at 11:16
Borderline says:

A long shot, could be a possibility it's a type of Erigeron or Gerbera.

Last edited: 15 July 2017 10:57:54

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 I think gerbera might be right. Hopefully someone will know for sure.

Seedling ID, please

Posted: 15/07/2017 at 11:14
Pete8 says:

Do let us know how it turns out when it flowers
Good luck

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 I will.

ID for small flowering plant

Posted: 15/07/2017 at 10:36

Hi, I've been helping a neighbour with her garden and she's bought another plant without a label.

As you can see it's just about to fully flower and I thought it might be a gazania but the foliage doesn't fit.

Could someone please let me know what it is.

ID for small flowering plant

Posted: 15/07/2017 at 10:24

A bit late, but thanks!

Seedling ID, please

Posted: 15/07/2017 at 10:22

Many thanks everyone. I knew it was familiar but just couldn't remember and I'm pretty sure it will be morning glory. It's one of the stock items in packets of annuals and I've had many in the garden in the past.

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