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27/10/2013 at 17:22

do you think I should shelter my agapanthus from the high winds tonight as they are in pots or do you think they will be ok 

do you cut back these over winter or will they just die off 



27/10/2013 at 17:51

I cut back flowerspikes and bring pots into gh (unheated) for the winter.  Some lose their leaves - in which case pull them off when they turn yellow/brown - and some are more evergreen.  Don't water them til you see the new green shoots in spring, then start with the tomato food twice a week.  

As for tonight, i would move them to a sheltered space if you can still see them in the dark!

27/10/2013 at 17:58

I think the agapanthus will be OK tonite. Not sure about the pots

27/10/2013 at 17:59

Agree with Chicky. Can you just get them inside under cover asap until this storm has passed over? The pots could topple over/around & things get damaged.

Then if you have a coldframe/greenhouse- doesnt have to be heated IME- then they would prefer to be under cover over the winter months. I'd wrap the pots to insulate the roots & with the deciduous ones remove the dying leaves. I'd then cover the pots, wherever you've decided to keep them, with a couple of fleece sheets/or a cloche. On mild days just check that there's no mouldy leaves remaining. J.

27/10/2013 at 18:03

I keep mine in a cold GH over winter, probably should have put them in before now to dry them off a bit. Not going out there now.

27/10/2013 at 18:11

I think I will move to the conservatory tonight as it's my prize plant that didn't flower for me this year but it was the only one when I bought it in July that wasn’t in flower.

 Thank for all the help


27/10/2013 at 18:14

I just left mine outside I meant to cut the spikes off today but never got round to it ( made jam roly Polly instead!!) so hope mine is ok as want to collect the seeds 

27/10/2013 at 19:01

did some say cake well it's almost cake

27/10/2013 at 19:04

Put Mum's in GH during week, thought it might drown.

28/10/2013 at 07:52

so do you just leave it alone all winter or keep on with the watering 

unheated conservatory

28/10/2013 at 07:54

They say it is best to leave it alone - only start watering when you see green shoots in spring.  However, this is for an unheated GH - not sure about a conservatory, which would be warmer and drier.

28/10/2013 at 17:54

I will keep my eyes on it chicky thanks for the info

29/10/2013 at 08:57

Bump for Judi

29/10/2013 at 10:30

Chicky could you put them in the garage or shed?

29/10/2013 at 10:52

Lily only if it's got plenty of light not really ideal you be better of wrapping only the pot/tub with bubble wrap and fleece around the foliage in a sheltered part of the garden (out of the wind)


29/10/2013 at 11:11

The shed is a potting shed with mainly glass to one side. Or perhaps in the conservatory,  it doesn't have central or under floor heating 

29/10/2013 at 11:31

I have A in v. large pots which I cover with a bin liner when they die down. They always survive. The less hardy ones ( usually have wider fleshier leaves) in smaller pots I give a bit more protection to, in a cold frame or unheated GH.

29/10/2013 at 15:04

I'm putting mine in the conservatory Lily and like you I have no heating in there as well but I know at the moment it is 5 deg warmer in my conservatory and wind free.

I'm cleaning the green stuff of the roof at the moment 



29/10/2013 at 15:29

Yuk not a pleasant job. We must do that too in the next few days. Be careful  James 

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