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Etiolated rose

Posted: 06/07/2013 at 23:30

If it's not too much in your way you could leave it tied to a cane, feed it. bit and wit for more shoots to grow from th base. Do you know what variety of rose it is? Not a dog rose!?

Help needed

Posted: 06/07/2013 at 23:24

www.finegardening.com has a very useful video about how to go about this. It's American but the method and the "technical jargon" are the same as in this country. Good luck!


Posted: 06/07/2013 at 22:55

The Moorland Association recommends using glyphosate weedkiller while protecting nearby plants with plastic sheeting. It sounds like a nightmare whatever you do. As bad as mare's tails.

forgotten shrub name.

Posted: 05/07/2013 at 19:06

It looks like one of the large,shrubby cotoneasters. Not sure which one though, sorry. i'd just trim it back by a few inches to keep its shape.

Cherry tree out of control

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 22:49

I've done it hundreds of times - you see something for sale and fall in love with it and spend the next ten years hacking the poor thing to fit the space and finally bite the bullet and accept the fact that neither of you is ever going to be happy...

Cherry tree out of control

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 21:11

sorry PaulaH I was busy typing and didn't see your reply!

Cherry tree out of control

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 21:09

OK, is it a sweet or an acid cherry?Do you know what rootstock it is on?  Whatever it is, it looks too close to the fence - most cherries turn into big trees. I'd move it a good foot away from the fence in the winter. Pruning a sweet cherry is done in the spring just as the buds are oening and the idea is to form an open, cup-shaped tree with three or four main branches pointing outwards. These are cut back by a half in the spring for the first four years. Shoots that come out from their sides are pruned in the summer by pinching out their tips. From the fifth year on the four main branches are left alone and only the side shoots are pinched back at their tips. Any old dead wood or rubbing twigs are cut out to keep the centre open.

if it's an acid Morello cherry the first three years are the same as the sweet cherry but in the fourth year you let more of the side branches develop into extra main branches until you have about eight rather than four. The side branches are nipped out at their tips but some of them are removed to keep the centre of the tree open. After year five you only need to remove old, dead branches or ones that are crossing the centre or rubbing against other branches.

As you can see, cherries really don't need much pruning. They flower on last year's growth so it's crazy to cut it off.


sam marzano toms -bush or tall ?

Posted: 03/07/2013 at 23:17

I never grew tomatoes before this year - was given two packets of mixed seeds as a Xmas pressie. All 120 seeds germinated so, like the fool I am,  I pricked them all out into 3 inch pots. I ended up selling them in May at a foot high and in bud for a local charity. I kept 15 mixed plants for myself in the conservatory. We haven't been able to sit in it for some weeks now as the tomatoes ( now in 12inch pots) have grown to 9 feet high. Of all the varieties, San Marzano has been the trickiest to please. I water them twice a day but even so the S.M. Fruits have suffered from blossom end rot which I read is caused by lack of water at flower setting time. Other varieties have had no problems at all.

So I would say keep them drenched and keep your fingers crossed.

the other varieties I have are Cuore di Bue, Costolut Fiorentino, Marmande, Golden Sunrise, Gardeners Delight, Ciliegia, Money Maker and Tigerella. All from B & Q Seeds - I recommend them!

i don't think I'll be doing it next year as I want my conservatory back.

Allium roseum from aerial bulbils

Posted: 03/07/2013 at 18:31

Hello horticanine

I can't see anything specifically for alliums but my book deals with lily stem  bulbils and says "when they are loose" so maybe it's the same in your case. Good luck!



Posted: 03/07/2013 at 18:25

They take up a lot of room and need a fair bit of attention what with tying the new canes down to a support and cutting the old canes out in winter. Some types are HUGE - Himalayan Giant and Bedford Giant are 20 feet across when mature! Clearly thorny ones are more of a pain, literally, than non-thorny. They don't mind what soil as long as it is fertile and moisture retentive. If you live in the south and have mild springs then early types like Waldo, Adrienne  or Fantasia are good. Also thornless Oregon Thornless.

There are also hybrids like Tayberries, Loganberries and Boysenberries which are less vigorous and thorny so better for small gardens.

I don' t think you get a lot of choice as to the age of plant you can buy. They take a couple of years to get going but are worth it in the end.

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