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Coleus 'Chocolate Splash'

Posted: 19/09/2013 at 09:27

Try cutting off a good size shoot with no flowers on it (3 to 4 inch long) and leaving it in a jar of water (in a warm window bottom). when good size roots have formed , pot it on. (same treatment as a busy lizzie)

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 19/09/2013 at 06:30

The red tulips above forgetmenots worked better.


Posted: 19/09/2013 at 06:27

Morning all. OH up early to drive to Glasgow, so of course I'm awake too. I might get another doze in a bit.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 19/09/2013 at 06:13

Sometimes you can have too many bulbs. Last year I wanted about 50 Allium giganteum. 75 cost twice as much as 25, so I had 75.

Then it rained and rained so I couldn't get them in the clayey soil, so I potted each in a 3in pot. I eventually gave some away and finally planted most of them after Easter.

Then the ox eye daisies grew to 5 ft and smothered them. My plan of purple pompoms over a sea of white daisies didn't quite work.

allium seeds !

Posted: 19/09/2013 at 04:30

Onion seeds need to be fresh each year. Stored seed (older than a year)will usually not germinate. Parsnips also need fresh seed each year. Peas and beans will keep for donkeys years if dry.

buddleia colvilei

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 20:46

Maybe a bit of bottom heat?. Have you got a plug in propagator, with the large dome top?

allium seeds !

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 20:43

I've grown Galtonia candicans and lilium regale from seed , and got flowers the second year.

buddleia colvilei

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 20:37

Maybe  B. colvilei would grow in a pot, and then have the shelter of the cold greenhouse in winter. It does look a beautiful flower. Its supposed to be a bit hardier as it gets bigger, so maybe plant it out second year?

buddleia colvilei

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 20:33

I have a lot of plants that started out as small cuttings. My grandmother started me off. She grew an entire hedge of lavender by just pushing in cuttings in a line, taken from a bush a neighbour had discarded. She did have very sandy soil, so that probably helped. I just thought it was amazing.

allium seeds !

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 20:16

If you have an area you can leave undistubed, you can grow them straight into the soil. My A. christophii selfseeded a lot in an undisturbed corner.

 Otherwise sow in deep trays of gritty compost, and grow on for a year or two to grow larger bulbs before planting out.

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