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Hellebore's

Posted: 30/03/2013 at 08:37

Join the club. We cannot keep them either and we actually have damp woodland conditions. If you do get them to flower then sow the seeds when ripe and at least then you may have baby plants to keep them going. Ours only flowered the once and then petered out.

What Is Going On With Site??

Posted: 28/03/2013 at 15:33

Easiest way to work round the smalltext until it is foxed, it to write your answer in Word or Wordpad and then Copy/Paste it into here.

Help needed: Trying to identify a flower

Posted: 26/03/2013 at 08:51

The ones under Ryan's Cherry tree wil be either C hederifolium if they flower from August onwards or C. coum if they start in January. If you want more then leave the flowers alone and let the seed pods develop. Either then collect the seeds when the pod bursts and sow immediately or let the ants takes the seeds away and plant them for you.

Help needed: Trying to identify a flower

Posted: 25/03/2013 at 21:01

That is still a Cyclamen persicum. They do come in various colours from whote to deep red and in various sizes from tiny to big and with different leaf markings. They are still persicums though.

There are other species and forms too I should add.

Help needed: Trying to identify a flower

Posted: 25/03/2013 at 17:49

And to make it easier to find one, it is Cyclamen persicum too.

Looking after alpines

Posted: 24/03/2013 at 21:09

Blimey, you need a book to answer all the requirements of those things. Don't throw them away, the whole point is to grow them properly so they get bigger and better with time.

Bulbs should be allowed to die down naturally then dried off and put under the staging to rest. Keep them damp but not wet.

Need to know what kind of saxifrages you have to advise on them. Ditto Cyclamen.

 

Spring Bulbs

Posted: 24/03/2013 at 09:36

You should never cut back the leaves of ANY bulb after flowering, at least not until the leaves have truned brown and dried up. They make food to feed the bulb so you get flowers next year. Even the dying leaves have a function, in that sugars in them a taken back into the roots as they die. You should not tie them in bundles as some folks do either. Leave them alone!

You may even find it useful to feed the bulbs after flowering too. I use a foliage type feed sprayed on to the leaves. If the bulbs are in posts and you need to use the pots then you may carefully remove the bulbs and soil and put it somewhere out of the way in the garden to die down naturally.

By the way, the only silly question is the one you did not ask when you could have done!

Talkback: Growing hellebores from seed

Posted: 23/03/2013 at 20:21

The reason why the Seed company gives such instructions is because by the time to see reaches you it has gone into deep dormancy and it needs a lot of persuasion for it to wake up and grow. In nature the seed drops from the plant and is ready to germinate straight away.

If you have plants then fresh seed germinates easily. I confess that these days I just dig up any self seeded ones from around the mother plants. As said they hate root disturbance, especially drying out, so I drop the babies into a bucket of water and they are taken out to be potted on. Also they make new root growth  in early Autumn so that s the best time to move them.

Sadly they often do not come true to colour especially if you have more than one form in the area.

 

 

Gardening Shows

Posted: 22/03/2013 at 12:19

The AGS Show in Whitworth Manchester for tomorrow has been cancelled because of the weather.

Autumn

Posted: 22/03/2013 at 12:17

And the dried bulbs you see in G/C''s are dead, but only growing plants.

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