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20 Nov 2014
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Q. Hi, I planted my passionfruit last year and it grew well. I got about eight passionfruit and they were a good size. I thought I would get more this coming year, however my vine leaves are yellow and the new growth sparse. I have fed with... More
20 Sep 2014
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Q. Hi, my lemon tree has plenty of lemons on it but no leaves. What could be causing this? Thanks, Amy. A. Citrus are evergreen but do drop leaves, usually when they are stressed, too cold, have too much fertiliser, or not enough fertiliser, if... More
28 Sep 2016
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Q. I heard a radio interview where an apple tree grower suggested under planting the fruit trees with herbs in order to reduce weeds under the trees. Can you suggest suitable herbs to plant please? Thanks, Janice. A. This is a wonderful idea.... More
18 Oct 2014
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Q. Hi, I have aphids appearing on my roses already! Are you please able to help me get rid of these? Thanks, Raewyn. A. If the infestation is small, you can wash them off your roses with a garden hose, or squash them with your fingers. If the... More
29 Nov 2016
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Q. Hello, I wondered if you have any solutions for ants eating my strawberries. They are in their own space and the ground is covered in pea straw. I found one nest which I managed to destroy but still there are more ants! Any hints would be... More

Recent garden questions

14 Mar 2018
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Q. I've never planted bulbs before. I'd like to dot some around my new orchard for spring. What are the easiest for a first timer? Claire. A. Great idea Claire. The easiest bulbs to start with are daffodils and bluebells. Both tolerate growing... More
28 Feb 2018
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Q. Hi there, my lilies have grown from seed from my late father in law. I want to share them with my daughters. When and how should I do this? They have flourished for 20 years and I want to share them. Kate A. Your lilies sound very healthy!... More
14 Feb 2018
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Q. Are wilting plants an issue in your garden? A Tui Team member shared this photo of their bougainvillea - read on to find out what is happening. A. Around a lot of the country the weather has been wet and hot, with humidity reaching 98% in... More
6 Dec 2017
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Q. Hi Tui Team, I enjoy growing herbs but am wondering how do I stop herbs going to seed quickly? Should I trim them back once they have flowered or just keep using them as usual? Thanks, Carolyn. A. Herbs should be regularly trimmed or... More
30 Nov 2017
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Q. Hi team, I have plenty of flowers on my bean plants but they keep dropping off. Do you know why they would be doing this and what I can do to stop it so I can enjoy bean harvests? A. This often happens early in the season when the plant it... More
18 Oct 2017
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Q. Hi Tui Team, I would like to plant citrus in pots. What size pot do I need to plant a mandarin or lime tree and how long would I need to wait for fruit? Thanks, Lisa. A. Look for pots or tubs that are at least 40 litres in size, this is four... More
12 Sep 2017
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Q. Hi team, our passionfruit took off this season covering the side of the garage giving lots of delicious fruit. Should we be cutting it back now to make sure we get another good harvest? Thanks, Laurel. A. In spring when the risk of frost has... More
5 Sep 2017
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Q. Hi Tui Team, I have some store bought kumara that I'd like to grow slips from and plant into the ground this spring. What is the most productive way to do this? Thanks, Kim. A. Let the kumara start sprouting, put it somewhere warm such as... More
29 Aug 2017
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Q. Hi, I have a large raised strawberry bed with around 25 plants of various varieties. They fruited very well last year and I would like to do the same again this year. My question is, will the existing plants came away again this year or... More
10 Aug 2017
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Q. Hello, I have tried growing several varieties of beetroot from seed (pre soaked & dry) and from seedlings every year for about four years in Rotorua. I always end up with lots of leaves but very little bulb. This year, from 14 plants, a... More