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I planted white hydrangea, after 2 weeks the leaves turned white and the stalks just collapsed..what could be the cause? Mac76, Gortahork, Co Donegal Posted: 07/04/2017

Hydangeas do not normally flower until well into summer.

This plant was brought on early in a glasshouse and was soft, so that when it got harsh weather it scalded.

It is a set back but it will probably recover. 


Can Punica granatum grow outdoor?

Can Pomegranate and Persimmon grow outdoor at Ireland? If yes, which breed is better? liketolearn, Cork, Co Cork Posted: 24/01/2017

Both are Mediterranean to sub-tropical, liking a hot sunny summer.

They might survive, for a while at least, against a sunny wall in a favoured very mild garden.  

  Palm tree

Palm tree

I have a Chusan palm tree for ten years it's about 10ft high. Every year I cover it with a fleece bag but it's so high it will be very hard to do. is it hardy. 220120161, Newbridge , Co Kildare Posted: 20/10/2016

Chusan palm or trachycarpus is hardy, no need to cover it at all.

  Overwintering shrubs in pots

Overwintering shrubs in pots

I have a fuchsia collection in raised beds in my front garden. This area will become a builders site in a few months when we have an extension built. My plan is to lift the fuchsias ( about 50 of them, both H3 and H2) into pots which my kind neighbours have agreed to store. Will bubble-wrapping the well mulched pots and fleecing the branches cut to about 30-40cm be enough protection, or what else would you suggest? Liztai, Tallaght, Co Dublin Posted: 14/10/2015

Plants in pots over ground level are more likley to be damaged, as the roots and stem bases can freeze more easily but your precautions should certainly be okay in an average winter.


Spruce (fir) tree seeds from Israel

Some years ago, I bought back two cones from Israel (sentimental reasons) and recently put a couple of the seeds into some compost. Surprisingly they have taken root and I now have four little bright yellow green spikey shoots almost like the spikes of an upturned umbrella. Do you think they will survive here and can you give me any tips on how to help them survive in our climate. julialong, Ratoath, Co Meath Posted: 18/08/2015

It is more likely to be a pine species than a spruce, possibly Aleppo pine or stone pine. The latter is a bit tougher.

There is nothing can be done to ensure survival in this cooler climate. 



I purchased this Boronia and it had beautiful pink flowers. It died a sudden death and lookes so dry even thought I have watered it every day. Initally I had it in a pot then put it in the front garden which get good sun in the afternoon and early evening. Is there any way to restore this lovely plant. Help. Kind regards Bernie 100720151, Malahide , Co Dublin Posted: 10/07/2015

Boronia is a greenhouse plant and cannot take frost. If frost was not the cause, it just dried out in the pot.

Don't water any more until there is a heat wave. You never know, it might sprout lower down, though unlikely. 


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