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Citrus UK

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 22:47

I think Bob Flowerdew grows kumquats in his garden. London is warmer than most parts of the UK so I think they would be fine.

Fading colour??

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 17:35

Nothing wrong, that's how they grow. Mine have gone from flame red through pink to light green now.

Pierris

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 10:19

It is OK, that is how they grow. Use ericasious compost when potting on.

Too much time on my hands

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 21:26

I am trying air pots for the first time this year. I will be potting up Sungold and San Marzano into 15 litre pots this week. I have tried ring pots on grow bags and deep containers which allows much better root development than just grow bags on their own. Be interested in how your experiments progress.

Compost or soil? What size container?

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 21:16

Any idea how old the vine is? A one year old plant should be fine in a 19cm pot. In its second year move it to a 30 or 40cm pot. If it is going to live permanently in the pot then use a compost with loam (John Innis type) or add some to multipurpose compost. No need for manure though as grapes are very vigorous plants and can cope with very poor soil. Give them too rich a soil and they will just produce far more shoots than you can cope with.

Give some thought about how you are going to train the vine. It will grow large and needs to be kept under control. Useful info available on the RHS website here http://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/Profile.aspx?pid=287.

Laurel plants

Posted: 31/05/2013 at 11:01

Picking out is also known as pinching out i.e. nipping off the shoot tips to encourage branching.

Olive Trees

Posted: 31/05/2013 at 10:31

Olives are marginal in UK gardens and won't tolerate prolonged very cold weather without protection. Are your plants in the ground or in pots? Did you wrap them against the frost? The website above suggests that they should cope with short spells down to -7C but we had colder weather during last Winter. I would leave them for a few more weeks to see how they react to (hopefully!) warmer temperatures.

Best Compost 2013

Posted: 31/05/2013 at 10:19

Another vote for the New Horizon veg compost.

 

Tomato Plant

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 19:02

Alicante would normally be about 6 to 8 feet high before being pinched out. If you let it set 3 trusses of fruit then you may be able to stop it at about 4 feet high. The fruit will also ripen earlier as a bonus.

Rhodedendron not flowering

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 18:54

Some questions for you.

Which variety are you growing?

Is your soil acid? Are neighbouring gardens able to grow them?

Are the buds you see flower buds (more rounded) or shoot buds (more pointed)? Do the buds turn brown and dry then fall off?

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