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Talkback: Eight reasons to prune in summer

Posted: 16/07/2015 at 23:26

If this remains a question.

prune in summer to prolong and re energise perennial flowering in late summer and to keep certain perennials sturdy.

to promote fruit formation and reduce growth by late summer pruning in apples, pears, etc 

to control size of shrubs by pruning after flowering and to promote flower formation for the following year.

to encourage air flow in fruit bushes like gooseberries

Rhodedendrums and azaleas,and camelia

Posted: 16/07/2015 at 22:09

Camelias are better for being regularly spring.......keeps them bushy.

for me rhodos and azaleas are best not pruned But if overgrown they will recover.  


Posted: 16/07/2015 at 22:04

Spring pruning 1384.  Not now unless flowering has ceased. ,you could cut stems back slightly

Strong winds forecast

Posted: 16/07/2015 at 21:59

Not here I think Perki.  Bit beeezy and damp,out there right now but that's all.  The high winds are supposed to affect the north.

I think since late spring the weather has been pretty good.  Warm and very little rain.

Blosson end rot on my tomatoes?

Posted: 16/07/2015 at 21:55

Irregular watering is the cause I believe thus connecting with calcium intake.

in growbags,,pots etc., watering is difficult.  whether it has an effect or not a spray or two of skimmed milk in the early days seems to be useful.

re watering I have come to the conclusion that under watering is better than over watering.....less lush foliage and better taste.



Posted: 16/07/2015 at 21:09

Some nice plants there Fidget.  Love mango,popsicle. Mine is looking good right now. Not sure how hardy it will be so in a well drained part of the garden

Gap filling

Posted: 16/07/2015 at 21:04

Fairy, I prefer acteas. 


Posted: 16/07/2015 at 18:46

Hey folks...shall we stick to one thread for pictures?  


Posted: 16/07/2015 at 18:42

A wee fiesta sounds like too much info Hostafan 



Posted: 16/07/2015 at 17:56

you have no taste Fairy 


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