Anybody grown these in containers in shade? I'm avoiding the usual buzy lizzies cos they succumbed to the horrible mildew thing that's going arund last year and wondered if the new guinea type would be a good alternative. Touted as more sun tolerant, but I'm not sure if that means they actualy prefer it, or will just put up with it if they have to... Reluctant to just take a flyer on them, due to cost... Bx
I've not grown them myself, but stayed in a holiday cottage in Cornwall the other year where the stone troughs were full of them - I offered to do the watering to give the owner a week off - they showed no sign of mildew and were blooming freely in sunny spots and against more shady east-facing walls, shaded by stone walls and climbers (very pretty cottage)
I wonder if they'll strike from cuttings as easily as Busy Lizzies do?
They are lovely but I have never got one to survive for very long.
Grew these last year-they are later flowering than the ordinary types-and prefer a higher temperature-other than that- once they get going- much better and you dont need so many to get a good display
Cheers folks - I'll give em a go. I'm not mad keen on them, but needs must and all that! Will perhaps start them indoors and shift out when they're looking ready to bloom... Thanks Bx