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Talkback: Sunflowers

Posted: 25/08/2014 at 12:43

Have you got a photo of the flower heads? 

If the green leafy looking bits round it meet in the middle it's not open yet.

If there's a flat middle and a leafy frill round it, it's over for flowering but leave the seeds for the birds

What's plant to use that is similar to perfoliate alexanders?

Posted: 25/08/2014 at 12:39

I use pots that are about 4inches deep but quite wide, for stability. They probably are about a litre. I'd put some compost on the alexanders, they're quite big seeds, then the grit. I can't remember what alchemilla seeds look like but I imagine they're small in which case I use just grit. When seeds are very small I sometimes sprinkle them on top of the grit and let them fall down themselves when it rains.

theseedsite.co.uk gives good advice about different germination methods and other seed info, very interesting site

What's plant to use that is similar to perfoliate alexanders?

Posted: 25/08/2014 at 11:47

Questions no problem Caral

The big advantage of grit on top and within is that it makes for a heavier pot which won't get blown over and less likely to be washed out by heavy rain

Doesn't it get dark early?!

Posted: 25/08/2014 at 11:15

It's not the cold or the snow or the rain I don't like, it's all that darkness So few hours where I can see enough to garden

What's plant to use that is similar to perfoliate alexanders?

Posted: 25/08/2014 at 11:11

Nature doesn't have fridges

Outside is what does the chilling in our climate.

When I visited Potterton's nursery (in Lincolnshire), there were rows and rows of pots of seeds, outside, covered in grit, just waiting.  Some would be quick, some slow, but they germinate.

The fridge thing is an alternative, the seeds need to be in moist compost at least, if not sown in pots. I used a fridge in March this  year when winter hadn't happened. It wasn't as successful as the usual outdoor or cold GH method. I think the changes in temperature outdoors may come into it. Fridge temperature is always the same. This is just an idea, not proven as far as I know

Identify please.

Posted: 25/08/2014 at 10:44

Hi ann, To upload, click on the tree in the toolbar and work from there.

Don't try and upload an enormous picture file or it will crash/take ages. It doesn't work from phones

What's plant to use that is similar to perfoliate alexanders?

Posted: 25/08/2014 at 10:04

Outside is fine Caral, or you could get one of those little cold frames, there are some very cheap ones about. The one thing they don't want is heat.

What's plant to use that is similar to perfoliate alexanders?

Posted: 25/08/2014 at 09:14

'Morning Caral. 

In theory both of these will be fine sown direct but I'm so weedy I'd lose them.

They both self seed but the plants shed many more seeds than you get in a packet and there are bound to be losses.

Snowberry advice needed

Posted: 25/08/2014 at 09:11

The bees and others do love it don't they.

I'd cut it when the berries are gone as well, they're food

Snowberry advice needed

Posted: 24/08/2014 at 23:00

Suckers are just shoots coming from the root, they are part of the plant here. but can be a nuisance when they appear in the middle of the border. Snow berry can be cut right to the ground and will come back

Troublesome suckers are when the root is different to the top growth (eg roses), the rootstock is a stronger grower than the top. Growth from that rootstock will take over.

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