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Salvia "Amistad"

Posted: 23/12/2017 at 14:22


I repotted very strong-growing cuttings into larger pots of fresh compost + grit and only watered them very sparingly as you advised Obelixx. I know salvias don't like the wet. They have been indoors but not in a hot environment.

However, since repotting them, they have been dropping a few shrivelling leaves and showing a small dark edging to some of the leaves. I always thought that was due to overwatering which I cannot be guilty of in this instance. Cuttings now look very spindly. What have I done wrong and can it be rectified? 

Salvia "Amistad"

Posted: 07/10/2017 at 20:36

Many thanks Obelix. That's very helpful.

Salvia "Amistad"

Posted: 07/10/2017 at 14:05

I've had great success taking cuttings from Salvia Amistad. I did this in late August. They are now pinched out and potted on in newly bought potting compost and are looking bushy. - about 9-10 inches tall. The question I have is: should I feed them between now and when they eventually get planted in to the borders in the spring? If so, when, how often and with what?

Hard plants to grow from seed

Posted: 31/10/2013 at 16:34

I have found white forget-me-nots unusually hard to germinate. I would like to know why when the blue ones proliferate like crazy. I've even complained to the one & only seed company that will sell packets of white-only forget-me-nots, (2 years ago). They replaced the seeds and I then had moderate success. I had more luck this year and today I have planted out the grown-on plants while taking out the majority of the hundreds of blue ones from borders. I do wish garden centres/nurseries would sell white-only forget-me-nots plugs. It would make life so much easier than having potted-on plants hanging around awaiting the autumn border clear-out before planting along with spring bulbs.

Invasive plants to avoid

Posted: 31/07/2012 at 22:21

I spent 5 years a long time ago getting rid of a ground-cover hypericum - it was extremely persistent. As to Japanese anemones, I am still paying the price for planting just one plant some years ago - it is even trying to come up through concrete. Visiting Wisley a few days ago, I was amazed to see huge swathes of Japanese anemones in the borders near the new conservatory. They looked attractive at the time but how on earth will they be controlled? As to golden rod, I not only suffer from seedlings from the next-door neighbour's garden, but worse still, an RHS expert told me that golden rod is an eelworm host. He explained that the near-death of a 10 ft square of phloxes my side of the fence is the result of the proximity of the golden rod planting the other side of the fence.

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