Posted: 18/02/2014 at 21:05
They take about three years to really get going with flowers. One piece of advice about them ...they absolutely hate having their roots exposed to the air. So, and this is just me, I tend to take a bucket of water with me when digging them up (Sept/Oct is the best time as that is when they begin to grow new roots.) I drop the dug up plants into the water to transport them to the potting shed.
H. niger will not grow here, try as I might and sadly neither will the x sternii hybrids which are being sold at present. Expensive things to plant and watch die.
Having said that we do have quite a few hundred of the orientalis hybrids of all colours except a beautiful peach coloured one which we have only ever seen once and did not buy.
We also have Hh. tibetanus. foetidus, lividus, purpurascens and some other species which have lost their labels.