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had good floweres three years ago , nothing last year on three plants ..not looking good this year ..any thoughts

What varieties are they? Some clones of varieties seem to be less inclined to be perennial and suffer die back.

not sure . new to this   large plants they seem healthy and start bforming the brandts but they dont quite make it



what do u mean by clones ?

Often when varieties of plants are propagated some results are better than others....I call them clones but prob incorrect term. For example, talking about euphorbias....euphorbia rubra in this case I find one plant is reliably perennial whilst another "clone" is less robust and lasts just a couple of seasons. I now propagate from the better pant. Gary, maybe remove the would be flowering stems and leave the remaining ones to grow. So, I would feed well to encourage this new growth hopefully to flower well next spring


thanks verdun

i'l try


Bear in mind the weather last year, lots of plants and shrubs have had decidely unexpected results. I'm just hoping this year we won't have quite as much rain! (Also hoping there isn't a drought now!)


Some  euphorbia - the charcais wulfenii lot (pretty sure I have spelt that wrong, but you get the gist) - have biennial stems, so they produce the stem one year, topped by leaves only, and then it flowers the next.  You cut back the flowered spikes to the base each year and then the others should flower the next year.  When you cut the flowered spikes back to the base it makes room for new ones to form, which will then flower the yeaa after next. When I first bought my plants it took a while for it to get into its rhythm, but mine have got there in the end (I'm in year 6 now).

Yep, chicky that's exactly right. The flowered stems usually wither anyway but if cut back immediately after flowering new stems soon emerge. Feeding helps this process, I find

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