Hints, Tips & Reminders
Greenfly - Whilst talking to the judge during lunch about pests (not human variety) he suggested we try this on greenfly etc.
Take 2 cloves of Garlic - crush them - add 1 pint of water and boil for 3 minutes and then strain.
Take 30ml of the fluid and add to 1 litre of water and use as a spray. He added that with one or two cultivars it might effect the colour of the leaves - hence do not experiment with it on your prize specimems. Who is going to try this tip and report back?
Fuchsia Gall Mite - At our meeting on September 19th our attention was brought to this little pest and leaflets were distributed from the British Fuchsia Society. In my front garden I had one plant smothered in next doors builders dust. On closer examination it could have been the Gall mite. Natually I did not hold on inquest on it. I took immediate action and cut it back and disposed of the effected part. On checking the remaining plants (about 100) I could not find any further evidence of our pest. Thanks Roy for bringing it to our attention.
Rust - at the AGM - somebody asked for the treatment of Rust (usually found as a light rusty colour on the underside of leaves and black spots on the surface and it is spread by the wind) . Various suggestions were given.
a. Burn the plants completely.
b. Very carefully remove effected leaves and destroy them.
c. A Fuchsia book recommends b. above and then regular spraying with a fungicide. (Any other recommendations?
Now is the time to relax and admire your plants, but remember that plants (including weeds) need water, sun and food to survive. The more water you give the weeds, the more work you are giving yourself with weeding (AL).
Now is also the time to start thinking about the show next year. Which cuttings will you be taking in the Autumn or will you be buying new cuttings in the Spring? How are you going to over-winter your plants - heater in greenhouse? - insulation to coldframe or greenhouse to keep down fuel bills?
We should start getting the plants that have finished flowering ready for the cold, winter months.
Due to lack of water one of my hanging baskets suffered very badly. I decided to cut it back, and then pot-up the pots ready for the greenhouse. To my surprise the plants decided it was spring, and they now have 2" long shoots - just right for next years cuttings.
Due to the varied weather some plants are still in flower - I would suggest leave them outside without cutting back and enjoy their late blooms. A slight frost will not hurt the majority of them, they will start looking sick and asking you to take the into somewhere warm. However if you delay this too long you will lose non-hardy plants.
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