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23/12/2013 at 14:05

I'm started to get a few ideas together for next years rockery, thinking of alpine flowers I was wondering can we grow edelweiss in the UK? obviously in a container to give it the right soil conditions, but do we have the right climate and air quality?

23/12/2013 at 14:13

Yes, but you may need to prop a pane of glass over it in winter to keep some of the rain off.  Plant in very gritty free draining compost.

23/12/2013 at 14:14

Those grey hairy leaves don't like the mild and wet winters here. 

23/12/2013 at 14:15
23/12/2013 at 14:15

I think if you give it the right soil conditions and grew it in a container that could move in doors in winter it might. The wet winters  here might not help it and with the frosts.As for the clean air nothing beats the Alps .

23/12/2013 at 14:28

Thanks all, I have just read on Doves BBC link that is likes full sun, my rockery is partial shade.

It seems like one of those plants that needs a lot of attention, Oh well I'll cross that idea off the list.

23/12/2013 at 14:52

I raised it from seed one year, but the lot rotted off outside in the winter.

 As Nut says, the grey hairy leaves don't like cold and wet.

13/01/2014 at 18:41

I grow all my Edelweiss outside all through the year - if you give it good drainage you should be okay, with full sun.

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