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Blackberry cultivar recommendation for west Essex, UK

Can anyone recommend a blackberry cultivar that's thornless, vigorous, bears plentiful flavoursome fruit and is suitable for cultivation in west Essex, UK? I'm currently growing "Black Satin"...
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Strange orange orbs inside mandarin fruit

I'm slightly concerned with the sudden appearance of these strange orange blobs that appeared within my mandarin fruit as i was eating it. I must have not noticed them when i initially opened it. What ...
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What is eating my strawberries? NSW Australia (clean cut)

I can't find what could be eating my strawberries. As soon as they are ready, I am always 8 hours of sleep to late to collect them. I put a net that is almost impossible or a bird (although they may ...
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Help identify please .. fruit in south of France

Picked in south of France .. about 2 inches long. Sweet smelling. Any ideas?
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Why should I not grow 2 different types of raspberries in the same bed?

I've often been given advice (in blogs, books and verbally) that if you have planted a particular type of raspberry in a bed to not plant a different type. I've always been disappointed that it's not ...
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On the history of tomatoes

I have found many blogs and articles saying that the original tomatoes (before selective breeding) were the size of peas. Is this true for the majority of them? What is an authoritative source for ...
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What should I do with blackberry bushes that only produce a small number of berries?

I purchased thornless blackberry bushes from the local (Wayne County, Pennsylvania) Conservation Department about 8 years ago. They look vigorous and are in good, loamy soil and have good drainage ...
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What to do about a flowering currant covered with white disease or fungus?

Does anyone know what this is and how to deal with it please (I am in the UK)? Are there any precautions I need to take if I just remove the whole shrub? It is a flowering currant. Thanks
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Strawberry leaves have purple-red rust spots

I bought some strawberry plants from Homebase and kept them inside until the weather improved slightly (perhaps Homebase isn't the best garden centre to buy plants in the UK, I don't know). Then, I ...
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Training Japanese vineberry

Context I have been growing this Japanese Wineberry (Rubus phoenicolasius) for 2 years, and it was already 2 years old when I bought it. See annotated image below. I have usually pruned it by removing ...
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my 8yrs old orange tree does not flower at all

I have 2orange trees in my compound the first is about 30yrs and has been bearing fruit regularly but the second of about 8yrs has not even flowered for once what can i do
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Handling a Cherimoya Tree

Does anyone have any experience with Cherimoya Trees??? We have one in our backyard. Last year, it produced some decent size fruit. This year, it seems like there are more fruits sprouting, and the ...
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What variety of Goumi berry will thrive under an apple tree in USDA zone 4a?

I want to plant a goumi berry bush underneath an apple tree. My goal is to have as much fruit as I can. I am in Minnesota, USDA zone 4a. What variety should I order?
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Cloning currants shouldnt be this hard..?

I keep seeing claims that currant cuttings will "root enthusiastically". I'd love to have another black currant bush or two, but so far I haven't been able to get one to survive. They usually last ...
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Can I add soil to strawberries, creating a raised bed?

I'm moving into a new house that has a good sized strawberry patch on one of the corners of the lawn. I want to build a large raised bed for it and help it spread out more. If I build the border of ...
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Is this an ant colony on this fig tree?

Just noticed this on a fig tree and these are everywhere. It's not just on the leaves but on the stems as well. Is this an ant colony on this fig tree, Or something else? This is my not-too-techy ...
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Soft Fruit - Canes or Large Potted Plants?

I'm looking at setting up some soft fruit beds in my allotment, and looking around it seems like I can either buy canes or large potted plants (~3L pots). The only difference I can appreciate so far ...
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Growing Cape Gooseberries in Brisbane, Australia

For entirely irrational reasons (maybe because gooseberries hard to get here), I bought a Cape gooseberry seedling today. Where I live in Brisbane, however, is not your typical cool climate for ...
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Are volunteer gooseberry bushes worth saving?

I bought an Oregon Champion gooseberry bush last year. I was weeding near it just now and found several volunteer gooseberry plants in a clump a few feet from the parent bush, like they grew from a ...
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Care of red currant bushes

I've got two red currant bushes in my backyard, probably several years old, slightly neglected. Anyone have experience maintaining these? I'm about to string them up a bit as they have so much fruit ...
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Can you grow raspberries in a pot/growbag?

Unfortunately we don't have a proper garden, but we do have an area that we can use for pots and/or grow bags. We've been offered some raspberry canes by a friend - but will they grow ok in pots or ...
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Why aren't my gooseberries thriving?

I bought some gooseberries and planted them in some self-watering containers. They did well for a few weeks but now one has lost all of its leaves and the other is losing some leaves, while other ...
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How often should soft fruit plants be replaced?

We inherited blackcurrants, gooseberries, raspberries and strawberries when we moved into our current property ten years ago. The blackcurrants and gooseberries still seem to be giving a healthy ...
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