Ninebark mildew

I planted a Coppertina Ninebark two and a half years ago and it has been suffering from what I think might be powdery mildew. Its leaves are withering. How do I get rid of the mildew? The bush is shaded…

White fungus? on soil

Hi, I am trying to grow basil from seed and about a week ago shoots appeared. When the soil in the pot got dry, I watered it but now a strange white film, which I am guessing is fungus, has…

Cherry Tree Disease – Canker

I have a cherry tree (Stella).  Its 14 years old and I’ve found out it has canker.  One is pretty significant and another two are on the branch collar of the lowest branches.  Can you tell me what I should…

White spots on Orchid soil

There are white spots in the soil and on the roots of my moth orchid?  What are they and how do I get rid of them?…

Emerald green cedar turning brown

My landscaper planted several 6-feet cedar last year. Three browned and died. He replaced them last April. Now the same three start to brown again. I watered them everyday in the summer to make sure they are not dry. The…

African violets

I have had success in growing african violets in small pots on the kitchen sink window ledge, but some of them kept getting white fuzzy spots on the leaves a few years ago. It does not seem to harm their…

Sterilizing wooden containers

I have containers made of pine with hardwood bases. What is the best way to sterilize the pine wood and hardwood in the containers so that any fungus harboured in the wood (we had early blight last summer for the…

Spinach problems

My spinach came up nicely, but all the plants have tuned yellow and are wilting.  What’s happening?…

Clematis problem

My clematis plants appear to be dying part of the vine is brown and crisp other parts of the vine are  green and blooming. What should I do?        …