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Entries from December 2006

Wildlife gardening course

December 30th, 2006 · No Comments

Question I am looking to develop my garden as a wildlife garden and wondered if you could give me some advice to get me started. AnswerThe garden advice team have created a one day wildlife gardening course, which will take you through the stages you will need to create a garden for yourself focused on […]

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Pruning victoria plum

December 12th, 2006 · No Comments

Question Pruning victoria plum tree, only been planted 18 months and already 5ft tall. It has produced fruit. Answer With regard to your question on pruning Victoria plum trees, I am assuming that your tree is growing as a standard, half standard or bush. Firstly, you must always remember to prune in June to avoid […]

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Papyrus plants – with they survive in the West wales climate

December 12th, 2006 · No Comments

Question I have recently seen papyrus plants in the aquatic garden centre near us. Despite the owner’s claims, I am sceptical that it will survive in the West Wales climate. What is your opinion/advice? I am keen to get some because it looks so exotic, but is too expensive for death by frost. Answer papyrus […]

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Money Plant Outside Over Winter

December 12th, 2006 · No Comments

Winter time is known to be a challenging time for plants, due to the change of climate and differing temperatures. However there are some plants that enjoy cool conditions. For the Money Plant though the minimum winter temperature needs to be around 50 deg F. The plant actually originated in the Solomon Islands and is […]

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How to make orchids flower

December 12th, 2006 · No Comments

Question Non flowering orchid: I have an orchid plant in orchid compost, it is about 3 years old. Since the first time it had flowers, it has never flowered again. I do water it regularly, a little, and I do feed it once every month or in two months. I have put it on the […]

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Growing a grape vine

December 12th, 2006 · No Comments

Question Any advice on growing grape vines? Answer With regard to your question on growing grape vines, traditionally bare root plants are planted December/January when the weather is suitable. In the case of pot grown plants these can be planted any time, but it is best to do this in early Spring mainly so that […]

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Conifer hedge – brown ends

December 12th, 2006 · No Comments

Question Conifer Hedge: I have an 8′ high conifer hedge and need to remove 2 trees at the end, to provide better access to my property. When I remove the trees I will have a brown ‘dead’ looking end to the hedge. Will this eventually grow back green or will I need to remove the […]

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Fatsia Japonica wilting leaves

December 12th, 2006 · No Comments

Question Fatsia Japonica wilting leaves. The brighter young leaves are wilting and sometimes dying. Have you any ideas on what is wrong? Does it need frost protection?. Answer Fatsia Japonica wilting on the younger leaves. They tend to do this in the winter as the weather gets colder, also the blackness in some of the […]

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