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Growing hyacinths in water, growth seems to have stopped!

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 21:19

Ok, will do that tomorrow, thanks a million!

Growing hyacinths in water, growth seems to have stopped!

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 19:38

Left them in a dark cupboard with the bases just above the waterline so that they wouldn't rot.  There are a few roots, which are sitting in the water now, but the base of the bulb isn't in the water - should it be?

Growing hyacinths in water, growth seems to have stopped!

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 19:24

Hi everyone,

My god-daughter bought me two hyacinth bulbs at christmas, with hyacinth vases, for growing in water.  I followed the instructions in the boxes (to leave them in darkness for six weeks, which was mid-Feb, and to then bring them out when the roots had started to grow).  The problem is that they haven't done very much since!  There's only about three or four roots on each bulb, only about 1cm long, with the stem of the shoots only about 3cm high.  The shoots look healthy but are growing so slowly (if at all) it's ridiculous.  What can I do to encourage them along?  Is the best thing at this stage to repot them into some potting compost and get rid of the water altogether?

Any advice appreciated, thanks!

Wet Irish summer has battered my potted lavender

Posted: 06/10/2012 at 12:40

Thanks for the posts

The variety is 'Blue Star'. 

It's in the sunniest place it can be so I'll leave it there and will just take off the shoots that are completely dead.

That's a good tip about bubblewrap, must remember that, have a load of it in work so will stash some into my bag next week!

Can I keep iris bulbs until the spring or should I plant them now?

Posted: 06/10/2012 at 12:16

That's great, thanks so much.  What was concerning me is that we've already had frost and I was afraid if I potted them and left them out that the frost would kill them before they'd had a chance to root properly. 

That's my job for today!!

Can I keep iris bulbs until the spring or should I plant them now?

Posted: 06/10/2012 at 09:56

My aunt has given me a lot of iris bulbs but it's a bit late for potting now (read somewhere that planting time is Aug/Sept.  Is it ok to keep these in a cool dark place (was thinking of the garden shed, wrapped in a paper bag) until the spring?  Or is it ok to plant them now but keep them inside for the winter?

Thanks!

Wet Irish summer has battered my potted lavender

Posted: 06/10/2012 at 09:43

Hi all,

Been a while since I posted last.  Hope everyone's well.

I bought a gorgeous potted lavender at Bloom (Irish gardening exhibition) in June.  We've had a very wet summer though and it's looking very sorry for itself now.   I don't want to lose it and there's still a lot of live growth on it, but it also needs a prune now because the dead growth is making it look very straggly.

Any tips on how I can restore it?  I know this isn't the ideal time for repotting, but I don't know what the soil quality is like at the moment so I was going to repot it and add a bit of grit (because lavenders like well drained soil), and maybe move it indoors for a while as the first of the frost is on its way.  I was also going to remove the dead growth.

Any advice would be welcome - I don't want to lose it.

Thanks!

 

Growing holly as a pot plant?

Posted: 07/04/2012 at 21:20

Hi everyone,

We live on a new estate and so our garden is literally a blank canvas when it comes to plants.  I have a good few pots, but we want to do some work on the garden next year so I don't want to plant anything out. 

Would love to grow holly - is it possible to grow this (or even establish it) in a pot or is it a plant that needs to be planted out straight away?

Thanks!

What is this plant and how can I stop it dying?

Posted: 07/04/2012 at 21:17

I don't think it would do any harm.  I have a dracaena houseplant which is also a palm-type plant and as the leaves die off I just pick them off and throw them out - they always tend to be near the bottom like yours, so it could be just older growth that's dying off.  Might be worth giving it a feed of some kind once there's a bit of heat in the air.  Let me know how you get on!   

What is this plant and how can I stop it dying?

Posted: 06/04/2012 at 17:58

I think it's only certain varieties that grow taller, such as the cabbage tree.  I know mum had a red one (but lost it the year before last over the winter) that she'd had for a few years and was about the same height as the one you have there, maybe a bit shorter.  Hope its ok, they're lovely plants and that one looks really striking in the middle of your lawn.

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