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Your Gardening queries - 21


Colour for Adventurous Gardeners Mary Mary, quite contrary,

How does your garden grow?  With silver bells and cockle shells, and pretty maids all in a row....                     


If only gardening were as simple as that little nursery rhyme. But it isn`t, so we are putting some of the solutions here to problems you have written to us about, so everyone can have the benefit.


Please e-mail me with your garden problems, comments, or ideas for this section of  laterlife.  Click here for previous editions of Gardener`s Diary. 


January 2005    

Although I have answered all your gardening queries by email, the ones I had set aside to print here this month got mislaid in the Christmas rush, and the original emails together with my replies have been lost in cyberspace!

Rather than not putting in a page at all I have decided to put some cultivation hints below for YUKKAS as so many readers have problems with them:-



Yukka is a genus of about 40 species of rosette-forming or woody-based perennials, evergreen shrubs, and erect, eventually spreading, evergreen trees from hot, dry places, such as desert, sand dunes, and plains, in North and Central America and the West Indies. A mature Yukka is a False Palm. It will need a deep, well-drained container which can be moved outdoors in summer. In winter it will require an unheated and well-lit spot. 

Temperature:  Average warmth in summer - minimum 55F in winter. Brightly lit spot. Provide as much light as possible.

Water: Keep compost moist at all times but never waterlogged. Reduce watering in winter. Use soft, tepid water. Misting is not necessary.





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