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Growing Butterhead lettuce

Of all the varieties of lettuce available, this cabbage lettuce is the most popular. The name butterhead refers to the ‘buttery’ texture of the smooth, flattened leaves in named varieties such as Suzan and Fortune. How to grow butterhead lettuce…

Daffodil cut flowers

Ever wondered why cut daffodils are always massed on their own, rather than mixed with other spring flowers? It is because when daffodils are cut, their stems give off a slime which dissolves in water and is poisonous to other…

Difference between a daffodil and a narcissus

There is no difference between daffodil and narcissus. The botanical name narcissus is used for both plants. The separation into narcissus and daffodil is an entirely artificial one that has been created by gardeners. Gardeners tend to use the name…

Cutworms

Cutworms are fat brown or grey caterpillars 1-2in long. They are usually found just below the soil surface. Cutworm is a general name for several different kinds of caterpillar, all of which have similar habits. The main pest species in…

Daffodils not flowering

If the clumps of daffodils scattered in your established borders have healthy leaves but give very few flowers then most like cause is that they have become overcrowded. You just need to lift them, separate them gently – and replant…

Best Azalea Mulch – Bark

Azaleas and rhododendrons have shallow roots, and can suffer badly in dry weather: a good moisture-retentive mulch is therefore vital. Peat is an obvious choice for such acid-loving plants, but only so long as it’s wet. When it dries out,…

Garden Bees

Far too few gardeners seem to take seriously the welfare of bees in their gardens. This is unfortunate, for not only do honeybees produce honey for someone else, but bees of all types (together, of course, with many other types…

Cactus and Succulents growing tips

– Many cacti will flower only if kept cold in winter; allow the temperature to fall to 2-4°C (36-39°F), even to freezing, provided compost is dry – this does not apply to rat’s-tail cactus.  Christmas cactus, epiphyllum and prickly pears,…

Azalea Propagation

There are two main ways, as there are with most plants – by seed and by cuttings. Rais­ing azaleas from seed is a lengthy business and, unless you are interested in hybridising them, worthwhile only with the few true species.…

Difference between Azalea and Rhododendrons

The plants we call azaleas and rhododen­drons all belong to the Ericaceae family, as do heathers and the strawberry tree. Most of them prefer acid soils. At one time, azaleas were treated as a distinct genus, but they are now.…