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How old is your houseplant?

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 14:47

My beautiful partridge breast aloe was inherited from my grandmother. I have no idea how long she had it for although I remember it being in her flat in the 1970s. I doubt that any of us can compete with Kew Gardens' oldest pot plant but do tell us about any houseplants you've been carefully nurturing for a long time.

Emma Crawforth

Gardening Editor, BBC Gardeners' World Magazine

Plant ID - post questions for GW Magazine

Posted: 15/08/2014 at 15:24

Hello FB Turtle,

You have solidago (golden rod). This is the yellow one and you're best off dividing it in spring. This means splitting the rootball into two or more and replanting each piece separately. Crocosmia, the orange one, can also be divided in spring. You'll need to lift out the corms it forms (these go quite deep – about 30cm). 

These are both reliable plants so you'll have plenty of colour in no time.

Emma

Gardening Editor,

Gardeners' World magazine

Plant ID - post questions for GW Magazine

Posted: 15/08/2014 at 13:44

Hello Soulboy,

This is a beautiful larkspur - an annual delphinium. Enjoy it while you can as it will be gone by the winter. Here is some advice on how to grow more to enjoy next year. Larkspurs are among my favourite flowers, so thank you for sending in these images.

Emma,

Gardening Editor,

Gardeners' World magazine

Plant ID - post questions for GW Magazine

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 17:41

Hello Kim,

Your grass definitely looks a lot more like pampas grass (Cortaderia selloana) than Stipa gigantea. However, it does look handsome, and it sounds as though you're still quite pleased with it. If you get flowers, you can cut them back in spring and if you fancy doing some propagation, use a sharp spade to divide it in autumn or spring.

These can make a great statement and are much undervalued.

Emma

Gardening Editor,

Gardeners' World magazine

Plant ID - post questions for GW Magazine

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 17:34

Hello Daintiness,

Are the flowers of your clematis really only 5cm in diameter? It looks like 'Will Goodwin' but that tends to have much larger flowers. Do let us know if your measurement is right so that we can try to firm up an identification. Thank you,

Emma

Gardening Editor,

Gardeners' World magazine

Plant ID - post questions for GW Magazine

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 15:07

Hello Jan27,

This looks like it's an araujia. These plants actually come from South America but have been introduced to places like Spain, where often they have taken over too fast! They are in the Apocynaceae family (as is the oleander), members of which have very toxic sap so I wouldn't recommend eating the fruit at all or touching the plant without gloves. 

In its defence, this is a popular plant with the monarch butterfly.

Emma

Gardening Editor,

Gardeners' World magazine

Plant ID - post questions for GW Magazine

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 14:08

Hello Orchid Lady,

This looks like Paeonia suffruticosa 'Feng Dan Fen', a Chinese pink tree peony. For more information about tree peonies, the Kelways site is useful here.

You could try asking Edinburgh zoo about their plant collection as they may match their plants and animals regionally.

Emma

Gardening Editor,

Gardeners' World magazine

New site - bugs

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 10:26

Hello Insomnia 1973,

This is a problem that we're aware of and our technical team are looking into it.

We're sorry for the inconvenience caused to you. If you're looking for a particular item, the search button will take you there.

Emma

gardenersworld.com team

Horsetail - Help!

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 10:17

Hello HyppyByker,

Have looked at how to control marestail / field horsetail in our problems section. It's tricky stuff but you can use glyphosate, and now's the time to do it.

Emma

gardenersworld.com team

Strawberry Plants and Fruit bushes - weed control

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 10:00

Hello NJJ272,

I agree with marshmello that cats love gravel, but they do not like large grade gravel, so you could use that. They like the small stuff that looks like a litter tray.

Emma

gardenersworld.com team

 

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