Q& A WITH JULIE

Townsville Bulletin - Townsville Eye - - Garden - JULIE ROACH

Hi Julie, Firstly when do you plant glad­i­oli bulbs in Townsville? Also my paw paw trees look like the sap has drained out of the top and the leaves at the top go yel­low, even the young trees. I fer­tilise and wa­ter. I don’t want to lose them as they are de­li­cious. HELP. Cheers Peter.

A: It sounds like bunchy top virus. It is usu­ally spread by sap-suck­ing in­sects and it can be trans­ferred on pruning tools as well. Un­for­tu­nately there is no cure … al­though fruit may still be set. As for plant­ing glad­i­o­lus, they can be planted now. It will take 70 to 90 days from plant­ing un­til flow­er­ing. For a con­tin­ual har­vest of flower spikes, plant a few corms every two weeks un­til early sum­mer. GOT A GAR­DEN­ING QUES­TION? WANT TO IDEN­TIFY A PLANT? ASK JULIE! TEXT YOUR NAME, QUES­TION AND A PHOTO TO

0427 331 395 OR EMAIL EYE@TOWNSVILLE BUL­LETIN.COM.AU

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