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Growing a Persimmon Tree
I am trying to grow a persimmon tree for the second time. The first tree just withered away. What do these fruit trees need to thrive?
What to do with Tulip Bulbs
I would like to know if it is better to leave tulip bulbs alone or dig them up and transfer them? Mine are in a pot and were spectacular and I want to add more.
When would be the correct time to cut back peonies and lift and divide for replanting?
Trouble with Rust Fly
Every year my carrot crops have been attacked by carrot rust fly. I tried not planting them for a couple of years, but it didn’t stop them from being attacked despite using pellets when planting the seed and after they were growing. How can I get rid of the problem, or must I resign myself from buying carrots from the green grocers?
Growing Vegetable Seedlings
Thanks to a certain supermarket, I have started growing a lot of vegetable seedlings this year! They came with a coconut fibre disc that I don't think have much nutrient value, however, the seeds are all sprouting well. Do I need to transplant them to get a bit bigger or put them straight into the garden bed? If so, what should I put in the garden bed or pot?
I've tried many times to grow red cabbage from seed and always been unsuccessful. I get strong plants with good leaves but no 'head' of cabbage. What conditions do I need to successfully grow them from seed?
I have two white standard roses which look healthy but come in to bud and immediately turn brown. I have very few actual roses. They are planted in a north facing situation so have morning sun.
Gardenia in Pots
My two Fragrant Gardenia plants in pots at my front door had lots of leaves last year, some went brown on the edges but I did not get any flowers on either plant. Can you help?
Growing Hyacinth Flowers
I have never had any luck growing hyacinth bulbs, is there any special treatment they require?
I have these little black bugs on my chive plant. I’d like to know what they are and how to get rid of them please.
I planted pea seed late September but the plants are only about 20cms tall. How can I give them a boost now and what do I need to do next season to get peas for Christmas dinner?
How do I get rid of the black fungi looking growth all over my lemon tree? Lovely lemons but the tree gets covered and so does the fruit. It washes off but looks terrible and is a concern.
Pohutukawa Flowers at Christmas
I have a Metrosideros Exclesa ‘Vibrance’ (Pohutukawa) planted 4 years ago. It has grown to a height of 1.8m but has never flowered. It produces young succulent growth in the growing season, and is flanked by native Pittosporums (Black Matipo) of the same height. Sunshine is provided 6 hrs a day in summer. Why is it not producing any of its beautiful flowers for Christmas?
I have two trees about 150m apart which each have a large branch which has been dying back over the last year. One is a paper shelled almond and the other is a sterile double pink flowering cherry. Can you help?
Our viburnum (not a snowball one), has grown very straggly and back in May, half of it was blooming, and the other half was leafless. Would it be wise to cut it back, and if so, by how much?
My strawberries have runners off them, am I able to replant them, and what do I have to do to the main plant for next season. Also, what advice do you have to re-soil them.
Garlic in Pots
I am new to gardening and have started my garden in pots around my flat! In terms of garlic, when should this be ready to harvest? I planted it on 21 June in 2017.
After transferring my lemon plant to another sunny spot, the whole plant started to shed its leaves leaving only the flowering buds. What should I do?
Growing Obdam Daffodils
I have Obdam (a Double White) daffodils. Each year they have dozens of flowering stems, but only 2-3 ever get to the goose-neck stage. What can I do?
I have a grapevine that has heaps of green leaves, but I can’t seem to get any grapes to grow. I think I found a tiny bunch that were underdeveloped and sour. Do you have any good tips to change this or should I just remove it?
Last year, my peach tree had leaf problems and I sprayed copper and it worked. This year, the plum tree and its leaves have been twisted and there is only one plum on the tree. Is this due to the weather?
Pruning a Red Currant Bush
We have a red currant bush that hasn’t been pruned for the last 4 seasons. I’m wondering what would be the best way of pruning it?
I have several Portuguese topiaries in pots and growing in the ground. They were all planted at the same time, but my pot ones are not doing well. They have yellow leaves and black spots. I sprayed them several times, but they are not healthy. I was wondering if you could please advise.
My sturmer apple tree has a powdery appearance on some of the growing tips. The leaves affected aren't thriving whilst the rest of the tree where unaffected is doing well. What is this, and how do I deal with it please?
Selecting Healthy Daphne
A couple of years ago I planted a Daphne facing east. However, it did not do well so I put it in a pot in April this year with potting mix and acid fertiliser. Unfortunately, it is giving up. What am I doing wrong?
Support Growing Tomatoes
This is my first year growing tomatoes. At some hardware stores they have nice looking tomato cages. Should I invest in these cages or will bamboo stakes and string be sufficient?
Pruning Grape Vines
What time of year do I prune my grapevine (it is about 3 years old). How far back do I prune it?
What to Grow with Kids
How can I make gardening a more fun experience for my children? What are some good summer plants for them to grow?
I have a garden of raspberries but for a few years they don't seem to grow fruit. After pruning I put Sheep Pellets and Pea Straw around it. What can I do?
While cleaning up our section, we discovered a large amount of ivy shared between us and our neighbour on the boundary. Is there an effective way of eradicating ivy as it is climbing up into the trees?
I have had a rhubarb plant in a large pot for about two years and feed and water it regularly, but some of the stalks are soft. Should I be feeding more and re-potting?
I have a Best’s seedless navel orange tree growing in a large pot. It had four oranges on it last year, but this year it has only one. Does it need to be planted out and what feeding is best?
What is the best way of propagating Tree Peony seeds? And how do you move one that has grown too big for its position?
Lawn Care with Dogs
We have two dogs and I was wondering what is the best way to repair the damaged lawn and how to sort where the lawn has been killed from urine?
We wish to plant an apple and a plum tree. We are thinking of planting grafted trees with two varieties on each tree. Which system is best? Do Gala and Pacific Rose apples complement each other or should we plant Gala and Braeburn? What about Santa Rosa and Omega plums?
Growing Grafted Lemon Trees
Shortly after planting my grafted trees lost many of their leaves and some branches started to die off. The leaves that stayed are dry and curled up. Some trees are blossoming, but there is no new growth.
When to Plant Potatoes
When is the right time to plant potatoes? We are afraid that frosts will kill the tops.
Fruit Tree Pests
My apple tree is growing but has insects inside the fruit. I found a black spot outside and after cutting, found an insect-like tunnel inside. Also, my peach tree this year has had little growth. Now the leaves have small holes and fruit is not growing. I’ve already cut down two peach trees and sprayed both trees with copper spray in winter but this did not stop the insects in my apple tree.
My 3-year-old apple tree gets a soft fungus around the creases of the branches. I have tried a tooth-brush with water and baking soda which only temporally removes this. Any suggestions please?
I have a Daphne bush that is having a major sulk. Is there is a product that can re-energise it? The leaves are not yellow and none are falling off, but they look a tad limp and not glossy. It has been in its current position now for 6 months.
I have a wisteria vine that for 36 years did not flower, I have great patience. Last year I had flowers on it and I was thrilled. However, all the vines have taken over. What should I do?