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Ask David

Green-fingered horticultural guru David Hurrion answers your questions about gardening during lockdown, in these weekly videos.

During the coronavirus pandemic, horticultural expert David Hurrion will be on hand to answer your questions about gardening during lockdown. Each week he’ll choose five questions to answer and we’ll publish his responses in these regular videos. Check back regularly to view the latest episodes and find out how to submit your question, below.

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Ask David – Episode 20

This week sees the 20th episode of our weekly video series hosted by David Hurrion, who answers the following questions:

  • Can my crab apple be saved? Alexander
  • Why won’t my clematis flower? Kathleen
  • Can I grow peonies from seed? Fred
  • My hypericum won’t flower – help! Kathy
  • What’s wrong with my honeysuckle? Jill

Published: Thursday 13 August, 2020


Ask David – Episode 19

This week, David Hurrion helps viewers with following five problems:

  • Should I cut out straight growth on my twisted hazel? Margaret
  • Why are my tomatoes going black? Ro
  • How should I prune my lavender? Claire
  • Why is my photinia shedding leaves? Christine
  • Why are my plants not flowering? Brenda

Published: Thursday 6 August, 2020


Ask David – Episode 18

In the eighteenth episode of the series, David Hurrion answers the following five questions:

  • How can I revive my rose? Sara
  • What has happened to our shrubs? Barbara and Gemma
  • Should I apply liquid feed during wet weather? Rosie
  • Any tips on growing basil? Claire
  • What is wrong with our peonies? Lucy and Neil

Published: Thursday 30 July, 2020


Ask David – Episode 17

This week, David Hurrion answers another five questions sent in by viewers:

  • How do I get rid of fairy rings? Anne
  • How do I control a climbing hydrangea? Patsy
  • Why has my conifer gone brown? Jenny
  • Can I remove blanketweed without harming newts? Marian
  • How should I prune my ‘King’s Ransom’ rose? Sue

Published: Thursday 23 July, 2020


Ask David – Episode 16

In episode 16, David Hurrion answers the following viewer questions:

  • What’s wrong with my cauliflower curds? Ann
  • Should I prune my viburnum? Denise
  • Can I mix acid and lime-loving plants? Lyndsay
  • How do I revive my fig tree? Helen
  • How do I tackle vine weevil? Christine

Published: Friday 17 July, 2020


Ask David – Episode 15

This week, David Hurrion turns his attention to the following gardening dilemmas:

  • Should I deadhead my bottle brush plant? Leonard
  • What is eating my runner bean plants? Ann
  • What do I do with tulips after flowering? Jo
  • What’s wrong with my rubber plant? Michelle
  • How can I tackle field bindweed? Sharyn

Published: Thursday 9 July, 2020


Ask David – Episode 14

Here are the questions answered by David this week, in Episode 14:

  • How do I deal with mare’s tail? Jane
  • Why is my peony not flowering? Josie
  • What’s wrong with my acer? Ann
  • Why are my hydrangea leaves yellow? Kim
  • How do I divide a bearded iris? Toria

Published: Thursday 2 July, 2019


Ask David – Episode 13

In episode 13, David answers five more questions submitted by viewers:

  • Why has my solanum stopped flowering? Sarah
  • What is the ‘Chelsea chop’? Bryan
  • Why aren’t my carrots growing? Diana
  • Why are my yews turning yellow? Russ
  • What compost should I use in a raised bed? Jordan

Published: Thursday 25 June, 2020


Ask David – Episode 12

This week, David Hurrion answers these questions submitted by viewers:

  • Can I grow jasmine in a pot? Sreeja
  • Should I collect my grass clippings? Richard
  • Help! My rocket has flea beetle! Sarah
  • Why won’t my agapanthus flower? Helen
  • Can I plant out my pot-grown acer? Claire

Published: Thursday 18 June, 2020


Ask David – Episode 11

In the eleventh episode of the series, David Hurrion answers the following questions:

  • Why is my climbing hydrangea not flowering? Sandra
  • Why does my holly tree have yellow leaves? Rob
  • Should I prune my tree fern? Valandy
  • How can I get rid of ground elder? Dave
  • Why won’t my rhododendron flower? Stella

Published: Thursday 11 June, 2020


Ask David – Episode 10

In Episode 10, David Hurrion turns his attention to the following questions:

  • Why won’t my camellia flower? Jackie
  • What’s wrong with my apple tree? Caroline
  • How do I combat greenfly on my pelargoniums? Richard
  • What is this plant? Liz
  • When should I move my cherry trees? Keith

Published: Thursday 4 June, 2020


Ask David – Episode 9

It’s week nine of Ask David, featuring answers to these questions:

  • Can I leave weeds in my flower meadow? Marie
  • Any tips on planting olive trees? Kerrie
  • What is this plant? Gemma
  • How should I prune my camellias? Marianne
  • Why won’t my wisteria flower? Karen

Published: Thursday 28 May, 2020


Ask David – Episode 8

In this episode, David replies to the following gardening questions:

  • Should we prune our pineapple broom? Phil and Sheila
  • Can I plant sprouting potatoes? Ann
  • Can a Japanese quince be hard pruned? Louisa
  • My roses are stunted – help! Easwary
  • What’s wrong with my Ilex crenata? Simon

Published: Thursday 21 May, 2020


Ask David – Episode 7

This week, David Hurrion answers the following questions:

  • What are these plants?! Hannah
  • Why don’t my cannas flower? Paul
  • Can I move alliums after flowering? Richard
  • When should I dig up my plants before moving house? Elaine
  • Is my gooseberry bush worth saving? Gordon

Published: Thursday 14 May, 2020


Ask David – Episode 6

In this episode, David answers five questions from viewers:

  • Should I replace my old clematis? Richard
  • When should I move my tomatoes and cucumbers? Angie
  • When should I start watering my dahlias? Christine
  • When will my magnolia flower? Sarah
  • Can camellias be pruned? Nicky

Published: Thursday 7 May, 2020


Ask David – Episode 5

In this fifth episode, David Hurrion helps viewers with the following issues:

  • What should I do with potted tulips after flowering? Phil
  • What can I plant in very damp soil? Gemma
  • What’s attacking my viburnum shrub? Sarah
  • Does membrane completely kill weed seeds? Sue
  • What is this strange plant? Geoff

Published: Thursday 30 April, 2020


Ask David – Episode 4

This week, David answers the following questions:

  • Can I grow rhubarb in a tub? Irene R
  • Can I move my skimmia now? Josephine H
  • Veg crops for partial shade? Alexandra S
  • How do I tackle leatherjackets? Kim W
  • How do I prune my callicarpa? Alan

Published: Thursday 23 April, 2020


Ask David – Episode 3

In this third episode of the series, David answers the following questions:

  • My does my Daphne ‘Jacqueline Postill’ have yellow leaves? Chris
  • How do I stop little red insects eating my lilies? Yvonne
  • Why hasn’t my forsythia flowered this year? Sarah
  • Can you divide hellebores and, if so, when? Carol
  • Why are my cosmos seedlings leggy? Heather

Published: Thursday 16 April, 2020


Ask David – Episode 2

Thanks to everyone who submitted questions for David this week. Here are the questions he answers in episode 2:

  • I can’t grow radish, all top and no root. Help! Kay B
  • Any tips on growing begonias in pots? Edith G
  • Can I dig excess grass clippings into flower beds? Stephen T
  • Could you identify this plant, please? Liz H
  • Any plant tips for very dry shade? Thanks. Shelagh

Published: Thursday 9 April, 2020


Ask David – Episode 1

During the coronavirus pandemic, horticultural expert David Hurrion will be on hand to answer your questions about gardening during lockdown. Each week he’ll choose five questions to answer and we’ll publish his responses in these regular videos.

Hundreds of you have submitted questions already – watch David’s first video, above. In this episode, David answers the following questions:

  • Is it too late to cut back my Mexican fleabane? Julie K
  • Why are we told to place cuttings round the edge of pots, not the centre? Len J
  • My well-established olive tree has developed a ‘yellow rust’. Any suggestions? Victor W
  • My seedlings die right at the base. What am I doing wrong? Evelyn D
  • Why does this tree have two branches that never flower? Lisa H

Published: Thursday 2 April, 2020


Submit your questions for David

Do you have dismal dahlias or a wilting wisteria? Is your lawn more ‘crime scene’ than ‘bowling green’? Fret not – David is here to share the benefit of his wisdom. Just drop us a line – here are couple of tips on submitting your question:

  • Please keep your questions brief – one sentence is best, two at the very most
  • Submit a photo if you wish. Please ensure it is sufficiently hi-res/detailed to illustrate your problem

Send in your question for David by email


Sign up to our Masterclass

Want to get better results growing from seed? David is hosting an online seed sowing masterclass on Friday 5 June at midday (UK time).

Click here to book your place now


More advice on gardening during lockdown

Please don’t feel discouraged if your question isn’t included in David’s videos. We receive such a high volume that, unfortunately, he isn’t able to answer all of them. Happily, there are various other ways we can help:

Ask for advice or share your wisdom on our friendly forum

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