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Goood evening,

Wounder if you can help with our Port wine magnolia plants. Bushes are 8 to 9 years old and over 6′ tall. 2 years ago our farmer neighbor had lime put on. Because of wind I think most ended up at our place. It was thick. Bushes have twisted leaves and flowers, if you can call them flowers! Have feed them and sprayed bushes with
vinegar. Bushes still look terrible. Can you think of a solution, wait? or pull them out and start again.

Thanks Mark

  • Mark WICKHAM asked 6 years ago
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How do I get rid of ants that are in the roots of most of my outdoor pots?

  • Palmers asked 8 years ago
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Hi

I have a Leptospermum, ‘Cotton Candy’ I think was the variety, which appears to be drying out /dying. The leaves are browning off and fall off when touched. Everything else around it in the garden is doing fine, so I don’t think it’s owing to a lack of water. There is no obvious mould or anything like that on the branches/leaves. I planted it about two years ago, it has grown to about five feet tall, and has flowered beautifully.

Any suggestions or advice would be appreciated.

Thank you

  • Gordon Pope asked 4 years ago
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I have a Camellia called Black Night in my garden but it just doesn’t grow. The same shrub in another garden that was planted at the same time has grown and is about 4 times the size of mine. Is mine lacking something?

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My Lemon tree is very old and flowers continually. However, it does suffer badly from Verrucosis. If I understand correctly when spraying with copper it will cause the flowers to drop off. If so, what is the best time and suggested method of spraying?

  • Graham asked 7 years ago
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My Agave palms are suffering from the frost, some of the outer leaves have turned a pale yellow and others are a faded brown…is there anything I can do to aid the healing process for these plants and prevent future problems?

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I’ve just noticed some grey spots appearing on the main stem of some of my tomatoes, looks like a kind of mildew? Or is this some form of blight? Other than the spots the plants are looking healthy and producing well.

  • Jono asked 8 years ago
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I have agave that are being eaten by something. The bug is sucking circles and areas of the gel and plant and it’s leaving pale less fleshy parts as well as some that go brown. It’s not snails as I have been out at night and not seen any. What else could it be?? Could it be earwigs and what do I do to stop this? I have photos but I don’t know how to upload them for you to see.

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I’ve just planted some Phormium ‘chocomint’ flaxes in outdoor planter boxes. What is the best fertiliser to use, and how often?

  • Palmers asked 8 years ago
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Hello
I received a strawberries and cream hydrangea for Christmas. I have potted it with in an appropriate sized pot and it doesn’t seem to be taking off. It is planted in ‘tui’ mix and is watered every second day. The leaves are dark red on the tips and spots on the stems. The flowers are drooping and discolours. on them and the flowers are wilting. Am I doing something wrong? I don’t want to have killed my first plant 🙁

Thank you!

  • Jess Whitehouse asked 6 years ago
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I have a Ficus tree growing in a tub on front porch.The frost has got it so now all the leaves are brown.Will it survive and is there anything i can do for it.

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Last year i purchased several chatham island lily plants and at first they grew well but they then got a white aphid so sprayed them but now the ends of the leaves are dying Could you tell me why this is happening

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I have been looking at buying Neem granules instead of Neem oil. Would sprinkling the granules be an easier solution with same effects than having to spray the plants with the oil every couple of weeks?

  • Palmers asked 8 years ago
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what bug or disease attacks the inner trunk of a Karaka Tree?
the tree is about 3 yrs old & not doing too well. It appears that there is something eating the inside of the trunk.
the trunk is dying from the top down & when the dead part is cut away the inside is black & becoming hollow.
can you help?

  • Allan Atkinson asked 8 years ago
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We have just bought a property with a neglected garden on the Kapiti Coast and it is absolutely riddled with Oxalis, at least I think it’s Oxalis (looks like clover leaves with little yellow flowers?) Is there an answer to getting rid of this nasty weed, or do we have to remove it manually and try to find all its little bulbs in the process? Oh please tell me there’s an easier way – we have about a third acre and it’s everywhere.

  • Palmers asked 8 years ago
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What is the best product for moss in my lawns and algae on my terracotta pots?

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For your ideas on my michelia figo. It turned out to be borer which killed one branch and is affecting several others. I have removed the dead branch, and treated any obvious or possible borer holes on sick branches (borer spray direct into the holes). Apart from a feed to support the general health of the plant, is there anything else I should do? Would a general insecticide spray of all the branches and trunks be of any benefit – now or later in the year when bugs might fly?

  • Palmers asked 8 years ago
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My potted gardenia often has buds that as they mature turn brown and drop off. So disappointing as it often has heaps of buds but very few actually get to flower. Any thoughts? I keep it watered and the occasional dressing of magnesium doesn’t seem to make any difference?

  • Susie asked 4 years ago
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I think I’ve over-pruned my daisy bushes. They were getting very large and woody last year so I cut them back by about half after flowering (as I read somewhere online). A number of them now have no leaves at all, and are basically skeletons. Is there any way to salvage them or should I just pull them out?

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What do i need to put on my 12cm high potted indoor frangipanis? The leaves are coming through very pale almost white. I have them in the correct mix.

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