Real World Gardener Parlour Palm in Plant of the Week

December 7th, 2018


Parlour Palm: Chamaedorea elegans

Do you love or hate palm trees?

The gardening community is divided into two groups, those that love the palm trees and those that hate them.

Probably because people persist in growing the environment weed, the cocos palm, which although grows really fast, is particularly ugly.

I'm talking with the plant panel:Jeremy Critchley of and Karen Smith, editor of

Let’s find out.



You can keep the parlour palm indoors for many years, but planted out in the garden under other leafy palms or larger leaved shrubs, it grows as a bushy alternative to the single trunks of most other palms. 

If it gets too tall for the room, give it a trim because being multi-branching, there's no risk of killing of the leader.

Plus, you don’t have dropping palm fronds like you do with cocos palms and a few others.


If you have any questions about parlour palms, why not write in to


Real World Gardener Fixing Beans on Plant Doctor

December 7th, 2018


Problems with Beans

Beans are such an easy crop to grow, but if you live in a district where the weather plays havoc with your veggie garden, you could be in for a bit of trouble with your beans.

Perhaps it’s not just disease but a horde of insects have descended.


Powdery mildew on beans


Let’s find out what you can do about this.

I'm talking with Steve Falcioni from OCP’s


PLAY : Bean Problems_28th November 2018

Whitefly, thrips and aphids control with eco oil or soap based spray to.



Possibly bean fly damage on leaf

Beanfly, is much harder to control, is cultural. If you don't pick off affected leaves, the eggs will hatch and the larvae will tunnel into the stems of the bean plants.

You may as well pull them out at this stage as there is no control.


Caterpillars can be picked off or use Dipel.

Powdery mildew can be controlled with potassium bicarbonate spray such as eco Carb.

Other diseases, such as rusts and leaf spots is better prevented with cultural methods because chemical control is difficult and mostly ineffective.

Good sunlight is best for beans so not near overhanging trees.

No pods but plenty of flowers?

The main reason for no pod set is very hot weather.

Steve says, just be patient and wait for the weather to cool.

Of course, encourage pollinators into your garden with plenty of flowers near your veggie bed.

If you have any questions, either for me or for Steve, why not email or write in to 2RRR P.O. Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675.

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