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Newbie in need of help!!

Discussion in 'NEW Gardeners !' started by lunagirl, Mar 9, 2018.

  1. lunagirl

    lunagirl Apprentice Gardener

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    Hello :)

    I am looking for some advice..firstly what are these plants (photos attached) and secondly what can I do to look after them until their season? I am prepared for bad news that some may not be salvageable but I am prepared for it! All help appreciated. Claire
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    • lunagirl

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      Plant 2 is a fuchsia
       
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        Third one is a Choysia
         
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          Why do you think that anything is wrong with them? :scratch:
           
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          • lunagirl

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            Not sure..the 3rd one has a lot of discoloured/pale leaves that look very worse for wear. New to this so just looking for advice
             
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            That variety, Sundance, has simply suffered slightly over the winter. It should recover in spring to produce nice butter yellow foliage.
            Looking at your photo, lunagirl, it looks like it has some reversion, i.e. some green shoots there. You can tell more from the stems which will be green. Cut or remove these to maintain an all yellow shrub :)
             
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              Ahhh..should I remove the dead yellow leaves also or just the green shoots? Thank you
               
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              Yes I would lunagirl :)
               
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              I agree, a sad looking Choisya 'Sundance' @lunagirl. Mine was badly damaged in a snow storm in 2013 but made a good recovery below. Yours should recover well from a good pruning, I would take up to 12in/30cm off the stems on yours.

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                Sundance as it should be Sheal :)
                I find too that it needs time to acclimatise to its surroundings.......cuttings taken locally seem to make better plants too; so easy too:)
                 
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                  A lot of people subscribe to that thought, including ourselves, and many say that is why they buy their plants at our charity plant sale :thumbsup: - of course, it couldn't have anything to do with them being cheap as well! :snorky:
                   
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                    Yes, being cheap, free, does help too Shiney:)
                    Used to buy lots of plants from a well known nursery up country and found some of the shrubs struggled here. The cuttings produced plants that have thrived and subsequently replaced many of the original shrubs.
                     
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                    • pete

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                      I think often nurseries will sell you plants that are a bit tired and passed their best, if you grow your own cuttings then pot on and plant out you end up with a better plant, just my thinking.:smile:

                      Hi @lunagirl , sorry forgot to say, no 1 looks to me like a deciduous Azalea, might be wrong, but dont cut it back.
                       
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                        @lunagirl you've done right concerning the fuchsia by taking them back as I do with mine every autumn but with the weather being so bad this year I've still to do mine...you should see new growth in the middle when the weather warms up :)
                         
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