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How do you kill ivy – it is on a concrete block wall and has just taken over – it is about 6 feet high above the carport in a thick mass and is from the next-door-neighbour which is a rental property. We are helping to clean up a back garden for our relation.

  • Palmers asked 8 years ago
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Can you grow Nikau Palms indoors?

  • Palmers asked 8 years ago
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Can you suggest flowering plants for hanging baskets over the winter months?

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I live in Auckland and have inherited an established Little Gem Magnolia which appears to have been trimmed regularly. I assume the Little Gem should be pruned “after flowering”, but it often has flowers! I have a man who comes to trim hedges, trees etc in November and March. When is the best time to regularly trim my Little Gem – and still have its flowers to enjoy?
Thank you
Regards
HELEN BELCHER

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I have a Jasmine plant and am told it can grow rampant and try to get in everywhere. I was advised that I should grow it in a pot. Question is – a pot with drainage holes, or a pot with the bottom cut out? And secondly, I have been trying to grow my pohutukawa tree here in Rotorua and it keeps dying! So I’ve cut the dead branches etc off and hope again. Any advice??? And yes – have tried frost cloth to no avail!

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do you accept GE card for big purchases?

  • Leonardo asked 6 years ago
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Hi. Our next door neighbour has a Chinese Toon tree (Toonis sinensis?) which is right beside our fenceline. The tree continueually sends suckers under the fence through into our lawn and gardens. We have tried several different types of weed killers including 2 different types of Roundup
And Kiwi care product to no avail as these suckers just keep growing back.
Any advice on how to deal with these please?
Thanks in advance.
Mary-Anne

  • Mary-Anne asked 4 years ago
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Could you tell me how to prune gardineas and when?

  • Palmers asked 8 years ago
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Could you suggest some container plants for an apartment balcony that is long and narrow and gets approx 4- 5 hours of sun both winter and summer. It also gets some wind but not a huge amount. Preferably the plants would be easy care and not too tall (max height approx 1.6 meters and width approx 40 -50 cm). Thanks for your help.

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A number of cabbage trees that were damaged with a severe storm. 3 heads (and up to 1m of stem) have been snapped off (were about 3-4m tall with a trunk about 8-10cm wide) and another small one has just become loose and leans right over (it is only about 1.5m tall and has a trunk around 5cm thick). Are these salvageable? What is my best plan of attack?

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Hi there,
I’ve managed to get some allium gigantium seeds. Do you have any tips on when to plant them and how to go about it? Can they be grown in Auckland?!
Many thanks!

  • Chelsea asked 6 years ago
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I’m looking for Scottish Heather and have read that Calluna vulgaris or Erica is he same plant. Is this correct and, if so, do you have any plants in store?

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My Swan Plants have a lot of ants on them. There are a few eggs and a caterpillars, but now the caterpillars have gone. Is it the ants causing this & how do I get rid of the ants?

  • Tracey Wilson asked 8 years ago
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Pine needles from PINE NUT TREES: Is it all right to use pine needles from Pine nut trees as mulch, to place on gardens to reduce weeds, place around strawberries, etc. OR do these pine nut needles have properties that are harmful to vegetable plants, flower plants, shrubs, etc.

  • Palmers asked 8 years ago
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Birds are currently digging holes from our lawn. Are they going for bugs, worms etc ?
Whats the best way to treat this ?

  • Bryce Rae asked 8 years ago
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We have moved to Pakuranga and have inherited a long wall of cascading Ivy Leaf Geraniums. It is an open block wall about 12 feet high, the clay soil is very dry but the display is wonderful. It is only a short distance from the sea and very exposed in Northerly winds. I do not de-head the flowers as it is too difficult. My challenge is when to prune the Geraniums, if at all. If they are to be pruned, how much should I take off? I believe the plants are about 3-4 years old. If I am to prune, does it need to be done every year to get great flowers? Thank you.

  • Ruth asked 8 years ago
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Can I use fallen cabbage trees leaves as mulch or do these sour the soil? I am thinking for under my orange tree.

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Hi about 18 months ago I purchased a green house from the palmers Palmerston North store it has the polycarbonate panels some of these have been damaged in a recent storm would you be able to advise me if it is possible to get replacement parts, I’m not sure which glass house brand it is but it cost around $800 and has a silver frame

  • Sarah asked 5 years ago
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I want to acquire a Cestrum Nocturnum (Lady of The Night) plant or cutting. Do you stock these or know where they can be found?

  • Gavin asked 5 years ago
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I’ve planted a new goji berry plant , it’s healthy with two branches, about 1.5 foot tall.1 branch is growing . will pruning stimulate additional branch to growing ?

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