Alina W

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Talkback: Growing aquilegias

Posted: 03/06/2012 at 22:33
jean riley wrote (see)

Will they grown in pots I've grown some from seed and put a few in a pot .

Yes, they'll grow anywhere. Give them a reasonably deep pot, as they have deep taproots.

Yellow Rose - bought as a miniature

Posted: 03/06/2012 at 22:05

You can plant them outdoors, but they will revert to their natural size within a year. The only way to guarantee a miniature rose is to buy a named miniature variety from a garden centre or nursery - the ones that you buy in supermarkets are really produced for the cut flower market, and intended to be thrown away once they've finished flowering.


Posted: 03/06/2012 at 21:09

Be patient, it may yet recover. Don't overwater it now that it's not losing moisture through leaves and keep it in a sheltered position. It may not produce more leaves until next spring.

Gardening Fork

Posted: 03/06/2012 at 21:05

Have a look at stainless steel "border forks". These are narrower than the usual fork, light and strong.

Yellow Rose - bought as a miniature

Posted: 03/06/2012 at 20:46

When dead-heading it, cut down each stem to about 1/3 of its length, and see if that helps matters. It is possible that it's not a very compact rose, though - impossible to know its nature when you buy it.

Also, give it a feed or rose food to give it a boost, and keep it in a sunny position outdoors.


Posted: 03/06/2012 at 20:17

Where in the country are you? Generally speaking, this jasmine needs to be in the warm south of the country to flower well outside. If you are in the south, try giving it a few potash-rich feeds in case it's exhausted the nutrients in its pot.

Yellow Rose - bought as a miniature

Posted: 03/06/2012 at 20:13

Did you buy it in a small plant pot (about 5"/13cm)? If so, you will find that your rose consists of three or four cuttings, which were brought on to flower whilst very small. The rose itself can be up to 18" tall naturally.

Iris bulbs

Posted: 03/06/2012 at 17:33

Yes, the bulblets will develop into full-sized bulbs over time.

It's really up to you how much time you want to invest in them; you can split them off and plant them into pots/trays, and nurse them for the next 3-4 years, or just leave them on the parent bulb and let them develop that way.


Posted: 03/06/2012 at 16:09

Forgot to mention, after flowering up to now is a good time to prune.

Poorly Rose

Posted: 03/06/2012 at 16:07

If the pot is swarming with ants there may be a nest there, which will be routing water and nutrients away from the rose's roots. It would be an idea to get rid of them.

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