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Aeonium Zwartkop

Posted: 29/08/2015 at 10:49
Naw...mine have adapted to drinking Newcastle Brown Ale, not wearing a coat in winter and plodging in the North Sea in any weathers.

Aeonium Zwartkop

Posted: 28/08/2015 at 18:24
Hi Phillipa I agree about winter. However I have other succulents Echeveria etc which seem to need less water than the Aeoniums, which get very droopy and drop extra leaves is I let them get too's all a question how damp is damp and how dry is dry.

Cutting from St James Park

Posted: 28/08/2015 at 15:57
Coincidence my original Aeonium is currently being read. One of my cuttings did the same. I took it out of the original compost, re trimmed the end of the stalk then let it semi callous overie dry out for 24 hrs. Repotted it in very gritty compost and kept it well watered but not wet.

Aeonium Zwartkop

Posted: 28/08/2015 at 14:26
His Chris if you go right back to my original post you'll see I had the same proble. I followed the good advice and as my plant matured it grew side branches from the top. Last year I took one offshoot as a cutting and it's now a single header a foot high. This year I took two offshoot cuttings in the spring and they are doing fine.
I do find the mature plants like to be kept well watered. Good luck and be patient.

what to do with my fushias

Posted: 30/07/2015 at 16:39
Whatever type of fushia they are they, with a little luck and good management will flower until the frosts. You don't cut them back until springtime.


Posted: 25/07/2015 at 10:54
Honestly. there you all are rejoicing at the arrival of the missing rain but still none in the NE although it's been cloudy for days, we've had to resort to watering with the sprinkler as plants are drooping. The irony is it's Sunderland's wonderful air show this weekend and rain is forcast for tomorrow!
Happy Gardening

What is this plant and what do I do now the stems are falling over?

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 16:04
They do tend to fall over.
The really do self seed well, I have loads now. My latest plan is to chop the seed heads off. If I've time I take them down to soil level and they sprout away tidily again although they don't give another show of flowers til next spring. If you do want more plants let a few stems self seed or collect the seed when the pods go brown and sow them straight away in a pot or tray.

What is this plant?

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 15:57
Thanks for that info Chrissy. I have several in my garden in the NE. White purples red and pink. I grew them from seed originally they grow back well each year too well sometimes although easily thinned out. I'll give cuttings a try always like to try something new.

French Marigold

Posted: 24/06/2015 at 16:48
I have a patch of Delosperma in my garden which I bought in a small pot last year. It needs to be planted in gritty well drained soil so add grit whether your planting it in pots or the garden. Mine overwintered here in the NE although it got a bit tatty. It just started flowering this last week.
Happy gardening.

Plant ID needed please

Posted: 23/06/2015 at 16:59
Not sure about the leaves if it's a sea thrift. They have a cushion growth with much shorter leaves and the flowers are more compactly packed. I wonder if the plant has oniony smelling leaves. Oh I love a good puzzle
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