Questions tagged: plant_care

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Answer: Over-watering is the main cause of seed failure for most types of seeds. Seeds need water and oxygen to germinate, so are best started in a light, ...
Answered: 03:09PM, 20 Oct 2009
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Answer: Sweet peas need to grow in a full sun position.Addition of too much Nitrogen based fertiliser encourages leaf growth but not flowers. Some sweet pe...
Answered: 03:09PM, 20 Oct 2009
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Answer: Sweet corn requires warm soil for germination (above 13°C for standard sweet corn varieties and about 18°C for supersweet varieties). This means ai...
Answered: 03:10PM, 20 Oct 2009
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Answer: Beans need warm temperatures for good germination. Don’t be tempted to plant them too early. The seeds are capable of absorbing quite a lot of wate...
Answered: 03:11PM, 20 Oct 2009
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Answer: This is usually an indication of too little light. Move seedlings into a position with better light, or outside if they are indoors. Thin out the s...
Category: Vegetables & Herbs
Tags: plant_care
Answered: 03:11PM, 20 Oct 2009
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Answer: Seedlings make their initial growth from the energy contained within the seed itself. After that stored energy is used up, the seedling must begin ...
Category: Vegetables & Herbs
Tags: plant_care
Answered: 03:13PM, 20 Oct 2009
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Answer: Spray the foliage regularly with Triforine, Rose Shield or Rose Gun. Water the plants in the morning rather than in the evening. Always water at th...
Category: Roses
Answered: 03:15PM, 20 Oct 2009
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Answer: Use a quality potting mix. A potting mix that carries the Australian Standards Mark has been tested to be a good performer. Soil in pots forms what...
Answered: 03:16PM, 20 Oct 2009
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Answer: Scale can be treated at almost any time of the year, but it’s best to spray during the warmer months of the year when scale pests are most active.
Category: Pests
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Answered: 03:18PM, 20 Oct 2009
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Answer: It’s more likely to be azalea lace bug, a sucking insect that works underneath azalea leaves and causes the classic discolouration and spotti...
Category: Pests
Answered: 03:19PM, 20 Oct 2009
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Answer: No, lawn seed does not germinate well in cold soil.
Category: Lawns
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Answered: 03:20PM, 20 Oct 2009
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Answer: Possibly no lawn at all. Grasses love sun and do best in as much sun as possible. Cool season grasses tend to have more shade tolerance but, obviou...
Category: Lawns
Answered: 03:21PM, 20 Oct 2009
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Answer: Granular Weed ‘n’ Feed works on a salt-burn principle. When the salts are sprinkled over the lawn, more will collect on the flat leaves...
Category: Lawns
Answered: 03:22PM, 20 Oct 2009
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Answer: Mix the chemical with water at a rate of 30:1 (thirty parts of water to one part of chemical).300 mls in 9 litres of water over 20sq m. This can th...
Category: Lawns
Answered: 03:23PM, 20 Oct 2009
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Answer: As soon as the grass is dry the dogs can be allowed onto the lawn. Discourage them from eating any of the grass during the first week and then mow....
Category: Lawns
Answered: 03:23PM, 20 Oct 2009
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Answer: The best time to spray for Fruit Fly is when the fruit is just starting to turn from green to ripe. Consult the product label for full directions, ...
Category: Fruit & Citrus
Tags: plant_care, fruit
Answered: 03:24PM, 20 Oct 2009
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Answer: No, this problem is caused by Citrus Leaf miner, an insect pest that mines its way through leaf tissue. Control by spraying regularly with a weak s...
Answered: 03:30PM, 20 Oct 2009
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Answer: This is caused by a fungal disease called leaf curl. The tree must be sprayed with Leaf Curl Copper Fungicide at bud swell (when new buds show tips...
Category: Diseases
Answered: 03:31PM, 20 Oct 2009
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Answer: Many of the nutrients in mineral fertilisers are originally derived from natural mined sources. These contain a small background level of heavy met...
Category: Fertilising
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Answered: 03:32PM, 20 Oct 2009
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Answer: Hose-on applicators dilute at approximately 30 : 1.(water to product) Therefore Weed’n’Feed hose on can be used @300ml per 9l water and...
Category: Fertilising
Answered: 03:33PM, 20 Oct 2009
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Answer: Most plants grow predominantly during the warmer months of the year. This is when they require both moisture and nutrients for growth. During winte...
Category: Fertilising
Tags: plant_care
Answered: 03:33PM, 20 Oct 2009
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Answer: Dry fertilisers contain a high proportion of soluble nitrogen that will take water from the nearest plant if there is insufficient moisture in the ...
Category: Fertilising
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Answered: 03:34PM, 20 Oct 2009
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Answer: The soil may contain too much nitrogen relative to the other nutrients. Apply Thrive Flower and Fruit or Sulphate of Potash.
Category: Fertilising
Answered: 03:35PM, 20 Oct 2009
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amanda
Answer: hi Deveril. These plants have suffered from lack of water and/or heat stress at some stage. A soil wetter may help penetration into the soil but ...
Category: General
Tags: plant_care
Answered: 06:51AM, 09 Dec 2009
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Rhonda
Answer: hi Rhonda, it’s pretty hard to say without seeing, but it could be that there has been a plaque of leaf eating beetles which have now passed....
Category: Pests
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Answered: 02:20PM, 09 Dec 2009
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Neville
Answer: Hi Neville, very hard to advise without seeing or knowing which species of pittosporum. Suggest take a sample to a nursery where horticulturist ca...
Category: Diseases
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Answered: 08:10AM, 18 Jan 2010
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Janine
Answer: Hi Janine, unfortunately we are unable to daignose from your description without seeing the symptoms, or much more detailed information. It would a...
Category: Diseases
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Answered: 09:35AM, 16 Feb 2010
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Eugene
Answer: Dear Eugene, Without further investigation is difficult to know what is affecting the flowers on your hibiscus. It would be a good idea in any cas...
Category: Diseases
Answered: 11:08AM, 01 Mar 2010
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Holly
Answer: Dear Holly, It would be best to wait till winter when the plant is in its deciduous stage so you can see the existing framework of the tree. You ...
Answered: 03:15PM, 01 Mar 2010
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sharon
Answer: Dear Sharon, It is difficult to know what is causing this problem with your Chinese elm tree. You say you have checked the tree for pests and ther...
Category: Diseases
Answered: 08:56AM, 19 Mar 2010