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GROWING BULBS IN POTS FOR PLANTING OUT IN SPRING

Posted: 17/10/2012 at 17:21

I agree with blairs on this one.

Your second point about bulbs on top of the soil when you buy them - that's to make them flower quickly.

It's not a good idea as the bulbs may freeze and be killed - plant them below soil level, as near as you can manage to garden depths. Also, don't let the pots freeze solid - put fleece over them or move them to somewhere sheltered if hard frosts are predicted.

Wallflowers and roses

Posted: 17/10/2012 at 17:17

Never heard of that one, I'm afraid.

Unknown plant

Posted: 17/10/2012 at 17:16

Their only drawback is that they self-seed very energetically.

Should I dig up my Allysum?

Posted: 17/10/2012 at 11:31

By the way, other types of plants are biennials, which germinate and grow one year and flower, seed and die the next year.

There are also perennials, which live for several years. Many of these die back to nothing over winter, producing fresh growth in spring (e.g., lupins, delphiniums) whilst others keep a few leaves above ground.

Should I dig up my Allysum?

Posted: 17/10/2012 at 11:26

Hardy annuals germinate, flower, seed and die all in the same year. So, your plants won't come back next year. However, if you let them seed you may get new baby plants that survive the winter and start to grow strongly next spring. This works well if you have an informal garden; good plants to try this with are poppies.

If you want to plant things now, though, pull up your alyssum and plant away.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 17/10/2012 at 09:48

Well, after being blown to pieces yesterday we have less wind but lots more rain today, with some of the roundabouts on the bypass flooding - oh, goody, gridlocked traffic.

I think that I shall hibernate...

Inherited pear tree help

Posted: 16/10/2012 at 21:54

I thought I'd answered this - must be going mad.

It sounds like you may have rust - have a look here.

How do you get rid of these disgusting things?

Posted: 16/10/2012 at 21:25

You say how much do you spray - with ground-dwelling creatures you don't spray, you drench the soil by pouring the mixture over it.

Potting compost error

Posted: 15/10/2012 at 21:18

In theory, tulips can get diseased if planted too early.

However, when planting up a tub it is best to plant the whole thing at once in September/October. The risk of problems with the tulips is not very high.

Plant closer together in containters or raised beds...

Posted: 15/10/2012 at 21:15

Partly to make best use of them, but also because the soil tends to be richer and can support more plants.

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