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Geranium pratense 'Purple Haze'

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 09:58

Ok so this might be a simple question with the answer wait and see (which is what i'll probably do anyway).

Basically i got a packet of purple geranium seeds from T&M, as i thought i'd have a go, being a fan of hardy geraniums. 

You only get 5 seeds per packet so i sowed them all. First one germinated quite quickly so i pricked it out and left the others too their business.

Now the first geranium is a reasonable size now in a 9cm pot, it's put on alot of growth and has about a dozen decent sized leaves. But you guessed it, their not purple, not even a hint of purple, they look like most other hardy geraniun leaves. Is this normal? Do they often develop the colour as they mature, not sure why but i thought they would be like purple lettuce which pretty much are purple from day 1. 

A second has germinated now, but is only at the cotyledon stage so can't tell if it looks the same yet.. we shall see.

Even if the plant isn't purple i'll grow it on and see what it's like as it'll most likely be nice, even green and i've plenty of space in the garden for more geraniums. You never know maybe it'll turn purple


Talkback: Rosebay willowherb

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 09:49
I have this in one part of my garden and have been trying all year to get rid of it. I agree that it's a very attractive plant, but it just spreads so much that it smothers anything. I'm all for wild flowers, infact i have a wild flower border but this is just too invasive to have near the garden, so i've been digging it up and planting bits of root well away from the house down the side of our field.

I'm hoping that one year of constant digging up the shoots that appear all over the area will kill it.. we shall see.

GW Magazine

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 20:45

Yup mine usually comes the last week of the month.

ID on climber- is this black bindweed?

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 12:42

you could also paint some glyphosate onto the leaves of the bindweed and it should not harm the peppers, if you paint raither than spraying.

best foliage perennial plant for the garden

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 10:12

Heuchera, pulmonaria, ive also got a ligularia with great big fancy leaves called dragon wings or something similar. Tradescantia are quite nice too with their yellow leaves. Artemisia is nice and grows like a bugger, needs regular pruning to keep it looking good, you could pretty much make hundreds of plants from it every year as the prunings root easily.

Tomatoe plants...basic how to guide needed?

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 10:35

If you are going to repot them, i'd buy a grow bag when your at the garden centre, and use that in the pots, i think the quality of growbag compost seems much better than multipurpose which has been terrible recently (there are a few threads about this). 

Which seeds can I sow now for Autumn/Winter flowers?

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 14:41

If you want some stuff for next year to sow, get some wallflowers going, they will be ready to plant out in the autumn ready for spring colour. 

Gooseberry help!

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 13:29

Only advice i've been given about gooseberries is that they are very hungry plants. Have you fed the pots well. Even in the ground i give my gooseberry plants lots of potash, and seaweed feed, then at this time when they have fruit on i give them tomato feed. 


Posted: 11/06/2013 at 11:57

No guarantees, but that's what james wongs says anyway


Posted: 11/06/2013 at 11:39

Also remember that once you do get some growing you can lift and store the rhizome like a dahlia and grow them the following year. That way they should get off to a faster start the following season.

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