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Posted: 17/07/2014 at 08:20

Following advice on this website I intend, for the first time, to take fuchsia cutting as follows;

Take cuttings about September & put in water. Once roots have grown pot on in 8cm (3") pots.

My question is this; What then??? I do not have greenhouse only car-port. Can I leave them in car-port over winter? Do I water them? Do I re-pot in bigger pots? The fuchsias are hardy.

Any advice appreciated.



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Posted: 13/06/2014 at 11:43

Thank you all for replying much appreciated. I think I've slipped up anyway I planted 13 cuttings in 8cm pots. Within 1 hour they had all wilted. Just didn't know about putting them in water instead of compost. Will try water method around September. 

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Posted: 13/06/2014 at 11:33

MuddyFork & obelix - Thanks for advice much appreciated. 

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Posted: 12/06/2014 at 09:28

I planted dahlias for the first time ever this season.

I planted them (bedding plants) in a multi purpose compost, with a teaspoon of bone meal, in pots. I pinched out each plant before planting.

The plants have grown famously, lush green & very healthy looking. My problem is that they are mostly green leaves with not very many flower buds. The buds produced are very small & the large growth of foliage is smothering these buds.

Can I do anything to rectify this problem? Is this common for dahlias to grow this way or is it something I have done wrong? Maybe I shouldn't have pinched them out because the buds & flowers are hidden in the foliage. Any advice would be appreciated.

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Posted: 12/06/2014 at 09:11

For the first time ever I have taken plant cuttings. Following a video on You Tube I have taken cuttings from existing established fuchsias & potted them on.

Hopefully the plants will have taken root by the end of the summer. My question is this; What should I do with them then? Overwinter in same pots? Transfer to bigger pots & overwinter? Or put them in the borders at end of summer? Any advice would be appreciated.

Bedding Plants

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 11:05

Just bought 500 Verbena & Dahlia bedding plants from supermarket. They are about 8cm (3") high. I intend planting out in pots & borders in the next week or two. Do I pinch them out before planting out? Also any tips about growing these plants as I have never grown them before.



Posted: 25/09/2013 at 09:02

Pete8 - Thank you for all the advice.

Verdun - Sorry I wouldn't know how to post a picture I'm hopeless with computers. Anyway I don't think it would help. Plants mostly just green foliage. Bought from B&Q so no specific variety just labeled `Dianthus`.

Thanks for replying anyway.



Posted: 24/09/2013 at 09:32

I planted 150 or so Dianthus in 30 pots at start of Summer. After they had finished flowering I cut them back. They have now begun to develop new foliage & some plants are showing new bud development & signs of re-flowering.

I am a novice where plants are concerned. I thought Dianthus were annuals & where thrown away after they had finished flowering?

Do Dianthus flower every year?

Can I overwinter these plants? If so; How do I do that? I do not have a greenhouse but a relatively frost-free car-port.

If overwintering; Do I water plants throughout winter?




Posted: 10/09/2013 at 15:00

I planted a honeysuckle last year which is growing fairly well & has flowered this year. Recently the leaves on the plant have turned black.

Any ideas what's wrong??? I fed the plant at start of spring with a little Growmore nothing else.


Posted: 28/08/2013 at 14:20

I have a Michaelmas Daisy (Bahamas) that is about 4 years old. The plant has flowered profusely every year. This year it grew quite healthily to a height of about 3 ft. No buds or flowers appeared & the plant began to go brown & wither from ground level upwards.

Rightly or wrongly I have cut the plant back to ground level.

Why hasn't the plant fowered & have I done the right thing by cutting it back? 

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