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Trailing Fuchsia and Grasses

Posted: 18/10/2014 at 19:07

Hello pennymax - I've already added something to another "fuchsia" overwintering query which may help.  Fuchsias like to be cold and frost-free in the winter, but definitely not wet.  Please look at my other answer which is much fuller.

over wintering fuschias

Posted: 18/10/2014 at 19:04

My fuschia book recommends burying the dormant plants.  I have a pit under the staging in my cold greenhouse - about 15" deep.  At end of october I strip off all the remaining leaves, cut back any straggly bits, then give the pots a good watering.  Once they have drained they are laid horizontally in the pit, side by side then one on top of another and covered with damp newspaper (it is supposed to be loose compost but I never have enough of that!) and then bubblewrap tucked in around the whole area.  They are then left until the end of March when they are brought out and will already have new shoots forming.  They return to the staging, are well watered, and will grow on enthusiastically.  This is when I also have the most success taking cuttings.

If I don't have enough space the pots are brought into the shed (they need to be cold but frost free) - and virtually left until watering recommences in March.

These two methods seem to have worked really well for me.


Posted: 04/10/2014 at 19:26

leaving the heads on over winter gives winter interest - then cut them back in late spring, after the frosts. I have found they need a damp situation - one of mine gets very dry and never flowers!  I guess I ought to move day.

loved gardening quotes

Posted: 04/10/2014 at 19:11

you've had all the best ones already but

Old gardeners never die, they just throw in   the trowel

Crab Apple Jelly

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 22:12

my John Downie was a s prolific as usual, but really badly marked and scarred fruit.  I think it must just be a bad year - usually delightful to look at and super jelly but the tree looks very stressed just now.


Posted: 03/10/2014 at 22:06

everyone seems to have different ideas about overwintering - for sure they won't survive outside unless it is a very mild winter and they are very sheltered.  I have never had any luck with autumn cuttings (those taken in spring root readily for me) but I bring all my pots into an unheated lobby - spray well for insects (they seem prone to caterpillars which develop if you don't spray)- cut back any straggly bits to a lower bud if possible, and enjoy them blooming all winter.  I give very little water (only if they beg for it) and they seem to get bigger and bigger each year.  Occasionally one or two give up the ghost, but I have too many anyway!


Posted: 03/10/2014 at 21:46

gosh - hadn't realised phalenopsis were so complicated - it is the one plant my son manages to maintain healthily whilst I am out of the country for a month at a time.

His recipe for success?... and I have five which have been flowering over the last five years:

They like to be light but not in direct sunlight.

Once a week a pops them in a large washing up bowl - waters from the top with tap water and leaves to stand in the bowl for about one hour.  Then lifts out, drains off exessive water and pops back in their pot-holders taking care to leave the surface roots exposed to the air.

That's it.  They are all flourishig and poroduce new flower spikes regularly.

ps: the ones you buy in Ikea for £5.99 do just as well as any of the others!

Lavender cuttings

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 21:36

Mike has sensible advice - don't despair - I sank my pots of rooted cuttings into the ground last year to free up the greenhouse for bulb pots and they have all survivied and made sturdy plants.  They don't like pampering, though the bunny ears seem far more delicate than reliable hidcote.

Belfast sinks and their true value?

Posted: 19/09/2014 at 23:03

Oh - this one is from London, always known as a Butler sink and it does have an overflow - perhaps they were just known by different names if they were made in different potteries?

It serves my "mediterranean" garden well - succulents, echeverias, sedums, and houseleeks all thrive, and I am able to pass on the extras each year to friends who want to copy it

Succulents & Sedums

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 21:55

I have grown mixed houseleeks from seed - they germinated by the thousand and I've been giving them away ever since

most people have sedums and they root really easily - ask around

the dark leaved ones are harder to come by, but I picked a couple of pots up l;ast week in the GC for £1 each in the chucky-out bin

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