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Florists pot Chrysanthemums

Posted: 13/11/2016 at 17:53

Thanks Flumpy...I saw you live in Lancashire so I don't suppose our weather is hugely different. I've got nothing to loose have I 😀. I'll enjoy them while they last and then cut them back and put them on their side behind the greenhouse and see what happens.

Florists pot Chrysanthemums

Posted: 13/11/2016 at 15:59

Quick responses ..thank you.


Flumpy that's lovely..how do you care for it now, not sure where you live. Do you cut it back?, how do you overwinter it. I have a small unheated greenhouse but the staging if already full of plants overwintering. 


Tetley I fear it's too late to plant now as you said. 

Florists pot Chrysanthemums

Posted: 13/11/2016 at 15:36

I'm talking about the pot mums you buy in the Autumn from garden centres etc. I bought four large ones reduced yippee, from a GC in September Potted them on and they are have done really well outdoors here in the NE they're just going over now.


i don't want to compost them if I can do anything else with them and get some flowers next year, not necessarily aS container plants I'm happy to have them in borders. Thanks

Planting dahlia tubers

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 20:02
Some tubers hang down , some are more horizontal just let then do their own thing, no need to force them any particular way. Yes pot up any left over bits you have, in the main the stringy bit is where they would have joined the main tuber but sometimes it is an old stem. When you have grown the tubers for a year ie this time next year they are much easier to handle as they will have bulked up.

Planting dahlia tubers

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 18:46
There will be tubers which look like fingers or sausages. They will meet at a central point and there should be the remains of last years stems.. The new shoots form on these stems or just below it. SO plant with the stem uppermost. If there are and separate individual tubers these won't grow if there isn't a bit of stem. It certainly lift them, pot up and I'm sure they'll be raring to go.

Planting dahlia tubers

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 16:49
Hi Lantana, I grow quite a few dahlias and am certainly a start in pots person.
As Lyn has said they probably aren't planted deep enough anyway. The stems are at least 2 feet high when fully grown and I find a planting depth of 4-6 inches above the top of the tuber helps support them.

Clematis Montana Rebens

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 14:18
I can't help with your problem sorry...but years ago ours got out of hand and we had a kill or cure situation. It's trunk, yes trunk, was cut back to about 2 feet above ground and it grew back to normal size over a couple of years.

Alnwick poison garden

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 14:15
Alnwick gardens have a lovely orchard especially planted for the blossom. It's under planted with tulips. You could telephone the gardens to see what stage these seasonal features are at. All the other suggestions are good too...it is a smashing area but I'm biased, certainly well worth having a holiday in the area...you could go plodging in the North Sea haha.

Can someone help me identify what kind of mint this is?

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 20:53
My favourite for tea or indeed a mojito, is moroccan mint as it has a strong mint flavour. The Latin name is Mentha spicata.

What to do with

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 20:43
I've got pots of tulips that have been going 3 years, feed with some tomato feed to build up the bulbs and wait and see what happens next year.. As Bob says plant them in the garden if you need the pot.
Last year I did tip some smaller bulbs that I didn't want into my compost bin...guess what they grew! I haven't rescued them but nature does want to grow doesn't she.
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