Posted: 24/06/2014 at 21:10
I am so pleased that the Wallflower is once again gaining popularity. I well remember it having been the mainstay of cut flowers. As a kid. Oh yes! Mike was a kid once. Sometime around the 'Relief of Mafekin' Off I would go to infants and then junior school, with an armful of wallflowers for the classroom. Then over the years, wallflowers always feature high on the list of cut flowers. What I do miss now is. The vastness of the colour range appears to have dwindled, and todays colours seem to lack that viberance. Also, I recall that in most instances, each plant would really a mass of florets. So different from todays. Nevertheless, still a plant worth growing. So, onto growing. Please don't be offended when I say. Don't waste your time growing wallflowers in pots. If you want the best. Sow the seed in the open ground, in time thin the plants out. You can pinch out if you like, but generally given space etc, they will grow strong and automatically branch out. In fact I used to ridge the rows up, similar to growing potatos. This I found caused the basal stem to really mature. If you are unable to grow your own, and have to rely upon some market trader of garden center. Pick out the strong, tough looking plants, well branched. Believe me it can amount to, penny wise and pound foolish. So shouts the market trader. Twenty five wallflowers for a pound. Getting them home and what have you got. A bundle of greenish sticks with a few leaves on. Mind you. Don't spend out on potted specimens at two to three quid a pot. As other members have quoted. Basically wallflowers are biennials. Sow this year and enjoy the flowers next year. Usually the custom then is. Out with them and dump them. I once as a youngster, grew some wallflowers. Following the usual practice. End of season up and out, bye bye plants. One plant remained. That plant was perhaps my begining into experimental horticulture. This is why I encourage all gardeners to experiment. That wallflower stayed with me for over eight years. Believe it or not. It ended up as a shrub some 3.5 feet tall by about four feet across. It was magnificent. Contary to what one migh have thought. It never out grew itself. Being at the time very green behind the ears, I loved and nurtured that plant, ant it rewarded me so well. Never did the abundance of blloms wane. Simply using my eyes and immagination, I would lovingly prune it. So friends. Despite all said and done. Like wsa mentioned in myv hread about pH values. We on this tiny island. We really must count our blessings. Even in some parts. Tropical plants survive in the open. Once again. Enjoy your hobby, take a chance and experiment.