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Cuttings

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 18:52

Hi Lyn,

When you say under the bench do you mean in the greenhouse out of the sun? Don't have my cold frames anymore.  I had some success with Bowles Mauve last year, both with hormone rooting powder and without.

Do you think it makes any difference with fuschias whether you put them in water or in the compost like I did today? I've got a lovely hardy one, which was grown from a cutting last year, can't remember how I did it though.

Not ever done pestenmons before, I took them off the free ones I got years ago from T&M, they were the size of my thumb nails when I got them.

Cuttings

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 18:10

Hello,

Spent the best part of the day taking cuttings I'm having a go at Bowles Mauve, penstenmons, lavender and some fuschias.

Thought I'd try out a new way so I've cover the potted up cuttings with a bag to retain mositure. So far so good as none of them have wilted yet.Also found my pot of rooting hormone half way through as well which is a bonus!

How long should I leave the bag over them? Is it just to maintain moisture when you cut and pot them on? Do I wait to see new growth/roots and then remove?

Thanks for any info

Bee/Butterfly friendly flowers, but space efficient. :)

Posted: 07/08/2014 at 13:25

Ajuga are low growing tough plants, flower in the Spring and the bees like them. Won't be long before it's Spring bulb planting time, crocus are good for early emerging bees

Well I'll be pickled!

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 15:37

Thanks for the info on this thread, I've grown beetroot for the first time this year and very tasty it is too

Been thinking about pickling what I have left.

Mystery Plant

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 15:27

Good luck with your Spring sowing of them Fishy, it's great collecting seeds from the garden

Unknown plant or weed?

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 15:10

I had some of that "chameleon" plant in a previous garden. It is a thug and smells disgusting when you dig it up!

snapdragons

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 15:06

I dead head my snap dragons as each flower is spent and then when the whole stalk is done, I cut that back as well and they do flower again. A few years ago we had a really warm Spring and I had loads of them germinate. Some of the original plants are still going strong.

I don't how but they survived despite being under snow!

Achillea

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 15:00

I'd go for deadheading them. I try this with most things I grow, think I like to get maximum flowers from the plant each year

Mystery Plant

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 14:57

Hello nut They are really pretty Liriodendron aren't they? I really liked the ones I had and they were easy to grow from seed. I used to pull the little stalky bits out to encourage more growth

Penstemon 'Phoenix Red'

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 14:00

Not ever tried myself, but might have a go this year.

Don't know if you subscribe to GW mag but on page 71 tells you how.  You take a non flowering stem, remove a lot of the leaves, so there's just a shoot. Insert the cuttings into the compost, next to the sides of the pot. Water and keep cuttings in humid conditions eg inside a plastic bag.

Not sure if you could try rooting powder on them.

 

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