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I THINK I have a Peace Lily - how on Earth do I make it happy?

Posted: 21/10/2012 at 19:33

Actually, I think it IS a Peace Lily.  Keep it in good light but do not allow sunlight to fall on the leaves or they will be burnt.  They like a damp atmosphere so a bathroom can be ideal.  

Buying new apple trees

Posted: 19/10/2012 at 14:10

Jammy2, If you are in Kent why don't you take a trip to The National Collection of fruit trees at Brogdale?  At the very least look at their site on the Web.

I would love to go there, but it is just too far from West Wales.

Talkback: Where have all the hedgehogs gone?

Posted: 19/10/2012 at 01:34

Badgers eat hedgehogs and ground-nesting birds, and wasp nests in roadside banks.

Fruit Trees

Posted: 18/10/2012 at 15:15

Also look at RHS publications.  Older ones used to have a section on neglected fruit trees and how to 'renovate' them.

Buying new apple trees

Posted: 18/10/2012 at 15:13

Are there any Apple Days being held near you?  They are often two day events and they are held all over the country.  You do not say where you are. Are you in a good apple-growing area?

Two bits of advice I will give.  Avoid run-of-the-mill varieties you can buy anywhere; you will be missing out on all the other wonderful varieties. And secondly do not attempt to grow Cox's Orange Pippin; it is the most challenging of varieties, requiring much care to grow good fruit.  Also have a look on Orange for inspiration and the RHS site for good advice on rootstocks.

Pruning to improve centre of tree

Posted: 15/10/2012 at 00:21

Yes, I read recently that if you prune the branches the tree will produce non-flowering vertical 'water shoots'.  But that should not prevent your taking out a branch completely, I shouldn't think.

Only you can tell if this is a wise move.  You will have to live with the result!


Posted: 14/10/2012 at 22:32

Lost mine when it was very cold, though maybe it was the wet that did it.  Either way they died.  Take lots of cuttings and overwinter them in the greenhouse.

Everbearing strawberries still fruiting in October

Posted: 13/10/2012 at 01:12

Don't worry, the first frost will put paid to them.  Strawberries don't ripen once they are picked, they just rot.

James Grieve disease ?

Posted: 13/10/2012 at 01:10

Why not take them to an Apple Day?  They are held all over the country, and they make a nice day out.  There will be an expert there who can help you.


Posted: 13/10/2012 at 01:06

Some tree guards come in a spiral.  But, you have the choice - protect them or lose them.  Simple.

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