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Sempervivum succulents/houseleeks?

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 07:30

Don't go on line. Much better to select ones you like when you see them close up in a garden centre. A few are named - such as a favourite of ours, Blue Boy, but most don't have a name, and some  of them are very unusual. Last weekend OH went shopping for some more, and found some being sold in packs of six. She 'rearranged' the display so that she had a pack containing the most attractive ones, and those that had 'babies' that will soon be ready for potting on (naughty girl!!).

You may need to shop around, go to more tha one garden centre to find a good range. This is the best time of year as they have new stock in for the year. 

Quickest seeds to gerninate?

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 20:54

That's a BIG question. The answer is that seeds of some species germinate very quickly because they need to produce strong plantlets before winter comes in cold climates, some take three cold winters, some require extreme heat (fire), some need to pass through the gut of birds to strip away inhibitors in the flesh of the berries, some require light (as in species where the seed does not want to germinate when covered in snow), some have tough protective shells that disintegrate at varying rates depending on the weather, so that they germinate over a long period, maximising the chance that some seeds will survive and develop, etc. etc. They have alle volved different survival strategies according to their local environment. 

lilac primrose

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 20:30

Don't know anything about yuccas really, but in the right conditions some can flower twice, in spring and autumn. Their flowering is irregular, depending on variety and situation. 


Posted: 25/04/2012 at 19:04

Wisteria buds are sensitive to spring frosts. Because of the very cold winter I wonder if  they got damaged. Are leaves developing?

lilac primrose

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 18:57

With almost all plants the colour is fixed in it's DNA. You can bleach out the colour of some plants such as clematis by siting them in full sun, though you wouldn't want to You can change the colour of hydrangeas by changing the pH of the soil, but whatever colour your lilac is, I reckon that's how it's going to stay.


Posted: 25/04/2012 at 18:06



Posted: 25/04/2012 at 17:06

Hovering over the thread title opens a text box that gives the first 80 or so words of the message. I scan through the titles to get the gist of the question before opening the thread, and find it more useful than the short message description (which is not always filled in). Not sure whether making the description box bigger would encourage longer descriptions,  or whether it would be more useful to me than the 'hover' facility. 

can you have too much night

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 16:26

One or two indoor 'gardeners' in a town near to where I live have discovered the benefit of 24 hour light for growing a certain 'recreational' crop. Every window is 100% blacked out (to minimise lost light, of course). The police have been using helicopters and infrared sensors to detect properties giving out abnormal amounts of heat.  

Tulipa 'Spring Green'

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 16:18

Bookertoo - 

there are far better and exciting bulb sellers out there.  I don't think I am allowed to say their names, 

I am not sure what you are / are not allowed to do on this site. I often post a link to a commercial site where it helps answer a question, including ones where someone is trying to find a plant or garden tool. I can't find a link to site policy. Do you know if there is one? 

lilac primrose

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 16:10

Sorry David, I'm not sure what you are asking

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