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Protecting plants from frost

Posted: 15/11/2012 at 06:38

Can someone advise me at what temperature you should worry about frost? Is it only if the temperature is below zero, or if it's below about 4 degrees (when water starts to expand, I believe - and that's when my car starts giving me warnings). And what exactly should I do? I have some plants in pots (fuschia, delphinium, roses, agapanthus) - is it the plant that needs protection or the roots? I live in Holland and my local garden centre only has bubble wrap for protecting plants, not fleece, so I assume that's not for covering up the plant itself.

Fuchsia cuttings

Posted: 28/10/2012 at 15:26

Oh, duh! Thanks!

Fuchsia cuttings

Posted: 28/10/2012 at 13:40

Thanks again for all inputs. Actually I've hijacked someone else's topic, and I don't know if this is a hard fuchsia or not. I decided to take the cuttings nonetheless because if the plant dies I definitely won't be able to take them in the spring! I doubt the plant or the cuttings will surviive, but I'll know more for next time.

I'm slightly confused about the differences of opinion regarding light, but if temperature is important then the garage will be a better option than anywhere in the house.

Fuchsia cuttings

Posted: 26/10/2012 at 14:35

Thanks Geoff, thats very helpful. I'll give it a whirl.

carnation cuttings

Posted: 26/10/2012 at 14:33

Okay, thanks for the explanation. I must say they are quite leggy, so that's probably the light/warmth thing (though I'm surprised if light is the issue - maybe the double glazing strips out something important). I might try and let one flower and see what happens. Mostly I'm just experimenting to see if I can avoid having to buy so many plants in the spring!

carnation cuttings

Posted: 26/10/2012 at 13:19

Thanks for your response. That windowsill does get a good bit of light (it faces south), but I gather that temperature is significant - does that make things grow too quickly for the time of year?

Would it be a problem if I let it flower? I don't really understand the significance of the 'non-flowering shoots' requirement. At the moment I've got three cuttings in one pot, I've already potted the verbena on and they had quite a lot of roots but I don't know about the carnation - I'm speculating that the flowers would be taking all the energy that's required for developing roots - is that right?


Fuchsia cuttings

Posted: 26/10/2012 at 13:13

Thanks for your responses and the advice on getting the plant through the winter. I know it is almost November (aargh) but the fuschia is still flowering so I figured it must be happy enough. The immediate issue is that I'd like to take some cuttings in case it *doesn't* survive the winter - but maybe I've just left it too late. I guess I'll give it a try anyway, just in case. I have my cuttings on a windowsill but it's right over a radiator and also gets pretty warm if the sun does decide to shine. I gather from another thread that the temperature mustn't be too high.

For the plant itself, I have an uninsulated garage but there's next to no light in there - would that be better than indoors? Even my spare room is not particularly cool. As for 'water sparingly' - stupid question, but what does that mean? And if it's going to lose all its leaves anyway, how do I know it's still alive? Or do I just keep watering it as an act of faith and wait until springtime to discover if it's alive?

Can you tell I'm a novice?

Fuchsia cuttings

Posted: 25/10/2012 at 14:46

I've inherited a rather grotty hanging fuchsia - a lot more woody stalk than leaves - with absolutely stunning flowers. I've never yet had a fuchsia survive the winter (it's in a pot and I don't have a greenhouse) so I'd love to take cuttings and try to have a new plant next year. However, there are very few bits of leaf growth that I could use as a cutting, and they're very short (a centimetre or so) and not even very straight.

Does anyone have any advice?


carnation cuttings

Posted: 25/10/2012 at 14:40

I don't know how you're supposed to figure out which are non-flowering shoots. I thought I'd done that, but it started to develop a bud anyway. I clipped it off but now it appears to be trying to make some more. Am I doomed to failure because I started with the wrong thing?

Also, I'm growing my cuttings (carnation and verbena so far) in little 'greenhouse' trays on the windowsill, and they are rapidly growing too tall for the containers. Am I doing something wrong, or should I just keep trimming them down?

At the moment I'm checking them daily, giving them water and rotating the pots a smidgen to make sure they don't lean towards the window. I do wonder if I can keep this up until the spring - and whether the cuttings will too...

Talkback: How to prune roses

Posted: 25/10/2012 at 14:35

Thanks for the feedback Frank. David, unfortunately I'm not in the UK, don't know how to find John Innes of any variety.


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