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Pruning roses

Question from Charlotte Morton

I have a beautiful climbing rose which only has one stem. To encourage it to produce more branches should I prune it down about a foot off the ground or that kill it?? I've attached a photo of the rose.

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  • Posted: Sat. 28th November 2020 18:38

Pruning climber for growth?

Question from Owayne Haughton

Real novice here so I hope my question makes sense! I took advice and planted 5 Jasmine climbers to hopefully 'spread' over/across my trellis structure - pictures attached. The specimens were recommended as they were slow growing so would be less work. I'm pleased with how thy've 'settled in' but I'm wondering as I want them to train across and upward, do I need to harshly prune them to achieve this? They were half the size shown and more bamboo support than leaf when planted so I'm loathed to prune at all (as I said I'm a novice) but I' wondering if I should actively do something(?) to promote upward growth. Many thanks in advance

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  • Posted: Wed. 3rd June 2020 12:52
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Question from Val Hall

I am planting up a new area of my garden with fruit trees and bushes, I have bought a Vaccinium corymbosum 'Patriot' blueberry and on research it says "For optimal pollination and yield plant three different cultivars."
Does this mean I have to get more blueberry varieties or can this be done with say blackcurrant for example?
Sorry if this is a silly question but I am new to this type of gardening.

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  • Posted: Sat. 29th February 2020 15:39
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need advice

Question from mahamud dharamsi

Hello Friends.
Hi I am thinking of moving in Dec or Jan. The plants I want to move are Anemone, Monarda, Tellima, Sedum, Echinacea, Spirea and lastly Acanthus. Are all these plants safe to move now or is it best to wait until early spring. Thanking you in advance. Mahamud

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  • Posted: Wed. 11th December 2019 18:55


General post from Suzanne Vader

I want to cut this Hebe back and separate it if I can and when can I do it..

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  • Posted: Tue. 2nd October 2018 13:59

Please can someone tell me what this is

Photo from Joanna Hampton-Stone

Just moved and fence line is abundant with this plant,

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  • Posted: Thu. 19th April 2018 11:54
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How to aqnd when to grow rose seeds.

Question from Richard Croucher

I am being given rose seeds on a regular basis for the last 5 years, and I have been trying to grow them , without success I may add, can some one please tell me how to do this, as I am now getting right fed up as anything I try never succeeds, I have read about this, asked questions about this, tried different times of year, different ways of starting to sow, all to fail.

If there is someone out there that can help, will you please get in touch.

I thank you in anticipation.

Kindest Regards

Richard Croucher.

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  • Posted: Fri. 2nd March 2018 15:23
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Fig Tree

Question from Lynn Carter

I bought my husband a fig tree in the summer for our 4th anniversary but within days of buying it almost all the leaves went yellow and fell off. It's in a pot and has been outside since July. It still has some leaves and a couple of unripened figs on it at the top. What should we do with it over winter? I've searched online for the answer but find conflicting advice. Has anyone had a similar problem and, if so, what did you do? Many thanks.

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  • Posted: Wed. 1st November 2017 12:55
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plant care

Question from Dieter Hecht

First time after 4 years my phormium cream delight flowered (4 on one plant, 7 on the other). What do I need to do now that they have finished?

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  • Posted: Wed. 2nd August 2017 08:29
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Olive tree fruits dropping

Question from Mauricio Danilo Mariani

Please help me to discover the reason why my olive tree flourishes and fruits abundantly, but as soon as the berries begin to appear and develop, they all fall to the ground without maturing.

My olive tree is now in this season covered with flowers. What could be missing, such as some kind of fertilizer or mineral so I can use to prevent this early fruit dropping before they mature?

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  • Posted: Tue. 1st August 2017 20:33