The 10 Facebook questions of the week

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Every week our social media team reaches a few hundred questions about our favorite hobby: the garden. Most of them are quite easy to answer for the editorial team of MEIN, but some also require some research effort to be able to provide the right answer. At the beginning of each new week we put together for you our ten Facebook questions of the past week. The themes are mixed - from the lawn over the vegetable patch to the balcony box.

Facebook: The top questions of the calendar week 32

1. I have very beautiful Lantana, which has recently been attacked by the white fly. How can I get rid of them?

Damming you can infestation with white fly by hanging yellow boards around the plants. An infestation can also be well-controlled with preparations such as Spruzit pest spray and Neem products. A natural control with parasitic wasps is also possible, but only in closed rooms such as conservatories or greenhouses promising. Before hibernating, you should cut back the lantana in any case and completely defoliate, so you do not drag the pests into winter quarters.

pink petunia

Petunia x atkinisiana 'Pegasus Table Burgundy Bicolor'

2. Can you overwinter petunia? I was told at the hardware store that it is very difficult.

Petunia can be overwintered. But for most of the effort is simply not worth it, especially since the plants are often offered in the spring quite cheap. It is not a big surprise, of course, to recommend buying new plants at the hardware store. If you want to try a hibernation, here are some tips: //

3. My son has planted a kiwi tree in the middle of the front yard. I shortened it above because it's getting higher and higher, but it has expelled it right there. What are we going to do with the tree to make it stronger but not higher?

The kiwi is not suitable as a "tree" in the usual sense. As a climbing shrub she needs a trellis on a house wall or a pergola as a climbing aid. You have probably cut the main shoot, which has been made to branch. We recommend converting in the fall to a warm, sunny house wall, because in the front garden, the kiwi is not optimally placed as a crop. Here we would rather advise to a decorative tree. Please also note that most kiwi varieties need a second male plant to pollinate their flowers. Otherwise they do not produce any fruits.

Fruits of the kiwi

Kiwi is usually planted as a trellis

4. Our hornbeam hedge gets whitish leaves and in some places everything turns brown. What can this be?

Whitish leaves on the hornbeam indicate an infection with powdery mildew. In contrast, you can use environmentally compatible sulfur preparations such as "organic mildew-free Thiovit Jet" or "mildew-free Asulfa Jet". In heavy infestation, it makes sense, however, cut back the hedge before treatment again.

5. How are the young perennials overwintered over cuttings in spring or summer overwintered? Can you just leave them outside or put them better in the greenhouse?

In very cold regions you should leave the perennial cuttings in the pot in the first winter and overwinter in the cold greenhouse a little bit packed. Otherwise, you can plant the seedlings in late summer, so they can root. The autumn is quite long and they gradually get used to the cooler temperatures. Most perennials move in the fall, so die above ground and then drift out of the roots in spring. As a precaution you can cover it with some leaves in winter.

6. For me plants come repeatedly with seeds, such as columbines or forget-me-not on the compost. With the ripe compost I bring these seeds back to the garden, where they germinate everywhere. What can I do against it?

A completely weed-free compost does not exist. Compost is usually implemented once or twice. This often sprouts seeds that reach the light, directly in the compost. However, some may last for several years before they rise. So you should not throw seed weeds and stubborn root weeds directly onto the compost, but rather dispose of them in a bio bin. The same applies to garden plants, which can sow abundantly. You can also ferment such plants simply in a water bath and then give the slurry after about two weeks on the compost heap. Or you cut the plants immediately after flowering, so they do not even seed.In addition, in a well-aerated and nitrogen-rich material such as grass clippings, the core temperature often becomes so high that the seeds die off when they are far enough in the middle of the heap.

 Buchs in instinctual death

Boxwood dieback

7. I have lost almost all my boxwood stock by the mushroom. The substitute planting now, however, also muckles at the places where the fungus struck particularly hard. What can I do?

When you talk about a fungus, you probably mean boxwood dying (Cylindrocladium). The spores of this fungus can survive in the earth over several years, so it is not surprising that your replacement plants were also attacked. For more information on the instinctual dying and how you can counteract, you can find here: //

8. I have four hydrangea tubs on our doorstep, namely two panicle hydrangeas 'vanilla fraise', a pink hydrangea 'Pinky Winky' and a ball hydrangea 'Annabelle'. Do I have to pack the hydrangeas over the winter?

A light winter protection for hydrangeas in the tub is recommended. A thick Kokosmatte and a wooden board as a pot underlay should be enough. If you then clear the pots on a protected, shady wall and every now and then pours in frost-free weather, you bring them well through the winter. When announced late frosts in the spring, the crowns of the hydrangeas should be temporarily covered with fleece.

9. Was not the boysenberry a cross between blackberry and raspberry? It seems to have completely disappeared from the market sometime in the 80s...

The boysenberry is an American cross between blackberry and loganberry. The loganberry is a cross between raspberry and blackberry. In the Boysenberry, the genes of the blackberry are more strongly represented than those of the raspberry. For this reason, she sees the former also quite similar. Incidentally, the boysenberry has not disappeared from the market. You can still buy them in well-stocked garden centers and also at various online plant traders.

Corn salad on field

Snails usually do not like lamb's lettuce

10. Do slugs go to lamb's lettuce?

Basically, it always depends on the alternatives in the environment, whether nudibranchs eat a plant or rather avoid it. However, lamb's lettuce is not high on their diet. In addition, it only matures in late summer and autumn, when it gets cooler and slows down the activity of the snails. The culprits could also be different species of birds such as crows, pigeons or blackbirds. They like to eat the juicy leaves in summer.

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