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Problem Pear

Question from Joan Scott

I have a patio pear, it is a Spur tree and is in a 50 ltr shrub tub. It is about 4 years old, and although it has lots of blossom it never bears any fruit, I water and feed my fruit trees regularly, and as usual the pear trees (I have two, one a spur the other a dwarf pear also in a shrub tub) are beginning to loose their leaves first, they are going yellow, except the spur tree, the majority of the leaves have actually gone black, about 75% are black the rest yellow, I have never seen it like this before, has anybody any idea what could be wrong with my little tree.

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  • Posted: Mon. 1st October 2007 20:16
  • Last reply: Tue. 4th December 2007 19:33

best time to plant a hedge, ie conifers etc

Tip from Ruby Horton

can anyone advise the best time to plant a hedge, consisiting of conifers, or beech?

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  • Posted: Mon. 1st October 2007 20:09
  • Last reply: Tue. 4th December 2007 20:15

Paper Birch

Question from Fi

I was given a birch, alleged to be silver, but it looks like a paper birch to me. Does anyone know where I can give it away to/plant it, so that I don't have to waste it. It is very attractive in foliage, but will be much too big.

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  • Posted: Sun. 23rd September 2007 12:36
  • Last reply: Tue. 8th January 2008 14:33

Philadelphus - Mock Orange

Tip from Fi

I consulted a gardening expert (on Three Counties Radio! Sat mornings 9-12) yesterday on my leggy philadelphus.
He said you can coppice these after flowering (Apr/May) to about a third of their height, and get fresh leafy growth for the next year. He suggested doing this every two years, taking only a third off each alternate year. Has anyone tried this?

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  • Posted: Sun. 23rd September 2007 12:35
  • Last reply: Sat. 29th September 2007 09:40

Greengage trees

Question from Fi

I have three greengage trees which fruit well, but in August before they ripen many of the fruit turn mouldy - too many to pick off. Also in previous years much of the fruit has contained tiny maggots next to the stone. Needless to say we now cut them open and destone before eating! They are delicious though and any tips for saving more fruit would be welcome. Two of the trees are quite old.

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  • Posted: Wed. 19th September 2007 14:37
  • Last reply: Sun. 23rd September 2007 12:19