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2 days ago at 09:52
I have a perennial lobelia in a pot and I have been overwintering it in a pvc greenhouse. At the start of winter not long after I cut the stems back I noticed one of the stems rocked and when I pulled it, it broke off from the crown and it was all soft at the base.
A couple of months later I have just been out to check on it and the few remaining leaves have drooped and so I pulled on those and more of the stems came away and were very soft and mushy at the bottom. It seemed to be pulling up chunks of the crown and roots with it! There was also some furry white stuff around the base.
I assume it's rotting but how would this have happened? I kept the compost on the dryer side and it has had good ventilation as I open the greenhouse door during the daytime.
Last edited: 21 January 2018 09:53:02
12 Jan 2018 09:04
Great. Thanks for that info. I have ordered my seeds from eBay from Premier seeds. I have ordered from them.in the past and had good results so it will be interesting to see how these perform.
One thing my garden usually lacks is perfume (apart from my David Austin roses) so this year I want to add as much perfume as possible :)
12 Jan 2018 08:29
What time of year would you sow them? and how many seeds do you sow per pot roughly?
12 Jan 2018 08:25
Do you sow a few batches at staggered times to give you flowers throughout the season or do you get that from just deadheading alone?
11 Jan 2018 10:09
Good suggestion Hollie hock as they will be on the garden table where we sit so it would be nice to have some scent close by!
10 Jan 2018 08:39
Love the look of that phlox! That's definitely on my list of plants for this year. I too am interested to hear if anyone had anymore suggestions on plants for small containers as I have a few 11cm terracotta pots of like to use this year :)
01 Jan 2018 19:35
Thanks for the info Obelix. I think I'm going to try and take out all.of the foxgloves that are in the ground now and start a fresh next year to try and eradicate any spread of any fungus.
I don't think it's a case of the soil being too wet because it was the ones that I started in pots that got the spots at first. I was then given some more from a friend and they looked very healthy until they reached my garden! They then started to look sickly after a while even though they were still in pots.
30 Dec 2017 16:56
Thanks for the advice nutcutlet however they still look the same in the summer which is what concerned me. They had dark spots all over the leaves and those particular leaves started to turn like the ones in the photo even during the summer when they were growing in pots?
30 Dec 2017 10:02
Every year the foxgloves in my garden look terrible!! Their leaves start off with little brown/black tiny spots and then the leaves start to turn red/brown and then black. In fact it looks similar to rose black spot.
This seems to happen every year! I bought a few foxgloves from a garden centre a while back and they looked so healthy! As soon as they entered my garden they started looking awful
Could anyone tell me what is happening to them?
Last edited: 30 December 2017 10:03:41
14 Dec 2017 08:37
What would be the lowest temperature that hardy plants in 9cm pots would be comfortable with? Or is it anywhere below 0 degrees that it becomes iffy?
14 Dec 2017 08:34
Thanks guys I will do exactly that!
I'm going tomorrow the completely dormant plants that have no green growth inside the loo until spring and I have just bought some bubble wrap for the greenhouse.
I will also get some dust sheets bit on nights where the temp does fall to around minus 6 I may just bring them inside for the night to be on the safe side :)
13 Dec 2017 17:14
I am overwintering some plants and cuttings and I decided to get a pvc greenhouse. However with the temperatures dipping to around minus 6 the compost started to freeze.
So I have an outside toilet which is attached to the house and has shelving in there and I wondered would this be better to overwinter the plants in as it will keep them completely frost free? The only problem is there is very little light in there. I imagine this is fine for those plants that are completely dormant but things like my Japanese Anemone root cuttings have started sprouting little leaves so would these be ok to be in the toilet? Obviously the greenhouse has more light but it isn't completely frost free.
20 Jul 2017 19:29
Maybe I picked them too early then?
I might let the others mature a bit more to see if there is a difference. I'm also going to leave them out for a few days after being picked to see if the chemical smell and taste mellows.
18 Jul 2017 20:39
I have a coulple of group 3 Clematis and they are just coming to the end of flowering. Is there any chance of a 2nd flush of flowers if I cut them back?
If so, how far back do I prune? And should I start feeding again with a tomato feed to encourage it?
16 Jul 2017 20:46
Thanks for the replies.
I definitely agree with you all on the fact they taste so much stronger than shop bought ones!
I am going to try and leave them out for a few days like you said pansy face because when I pulled them out of the pot I was surprised at how strong the smell was! But it wasn't a nice smell. I really hard to describe but actually thinking about it yes I suppose it was soapy and it tasted exactly how it smelt! Left quite an unpleasant taste in my mouth.
16 Jul 2017 16:42
I'm new to growing veg and I have grown some Chantenay red cores 2 carrots in plastic pots. They have grown fantastically and look amazing however when I pulled them from the container they had a strange smell like aniseed. They smelled very tangy!
So I ate one and they did indeed taste very aniseed like and had a weird tang to them. Almost tasted like chemicals. It's hard to describe.
Is this normal? I grew them in John innes mixed with 25% perlite and I didn't use any fertilizer.
Why do they taste like this?
12 Jul 2017 19:42
I have some Geranium Rozanne I recently purchased and the leaves were lovely and green when I got it. I potted it on and the leaves started turning purple/red.
Can anyone tell me why this is?
Last edited: 12 July 2017 19:43:35
09 Jul 2017 20:45
Oh fantastic! I've seen this plant before and always liked it but I didn't know I had picked one up.
I noticed looking at the images of Erigeron some of the flowers are pink. Do they just produce a random mix of pink and white flowers?
09 Jul 2017 19:51
Come to think of it they are in full sun for most of the day so I think I will move it! Thanks Paul :)
09 Jul 2017 19:47
I visited the Thomas Hardy Cottage yesterday and they had a selection of plants that were past their best. They were asking for a small donation for them so I thought why not! :)
Thing is it came with no label so can anyone tell me what type of Daisy this is?