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Verbena bonanseris cuttings - can they go out into the border?

Posted: 15/09/2015 at 16:15

Great! Thanks all - I always feel weird about cutting back all that lush new growth but I will do as you say. How far should I go down, do you think? I usually do about 4 or 5 stems per pot for my cuttings and then they usually get planted as 'one plant' - is that wrong?

Verbena bonanseris cuttings - can they go out into the border?

Posted: 15/09/2015 at 15:26

Hi team,

I took loads of cuttings from my verbena bonanseris plants over the summer (I find this a much easier way to propogate than sowing seed). They've been romping away and some of the 15cm pots they are in have roots coming through the base. The tallest cuttings are now about a foot high. Is it OK to transplant them out to the border now, to over-winter in situ, or are they best kept in the cold frame/unheated GH over winter for a spring planting? Thanks for any advice you can give.

Plants I don't like (for no particular reason)

Posted: 11/09/2015 at 16:36

I like them because my mum did - so while they may not have been my plant of choice, seeing them dotted around my veggie garden (self-situated!) makes me smile and think of mum. I remember a few years ago her trying to explain she liked 'pot margiolds' when I thought she meant the French and African ones, which I had been growing for her. I finally got it right but too late for her to see - I reckon she's had a hand in spreading them all over the veg plot now though! I use the petals in salads sometimes - quite pretty.

Plants I don't like (for no particular reason)

Posted: 10/09/2015 at 18:02

"check out the yellows in heleniums...usually mixed with orange/red/brown.  Bet you change your mind......."


Verdun - you might be on to something there. Until last week I couldn't really get excited about heucheras. Now I find myself taking cuttings of next door's?


Plants I don't like (for no particular reason)

Posted: 10/09/2015 at 16:32've hit on another pet hate of mine...I can't stand red or yellow flowers, lol!!! But honestly I love all others. Except for begonias. And gunnera. And chrysanths. Better shut up, I might get kicked off the plant forum in a minute! (by the way, the choisya did perform well and I do actually like the fragrance...just too far into the yellow zone for me, sorry)

Plants I don't like (for no particular reason)

Posted: 10/09/2015 at 16:17

With you on Choysia Sundance Dove - I've just hoiked out two that we inherited with the garden 5 years ago. Every year I look at them (and the hideous, enormous 10ft Phormium behind them) and kind of just accept that they are there, and then forget what they look like. Not this year - the worm has turned. A couple of weeks back I got rid of all 3 - oh, the joy, the liberation! The new husband was a bit anti removing anything at all, so would not help me - which spurred me on even more! Had them out in no time. Good riddance!

Will my white hydrangea stay white?

Posted: 10/09/2015 at 16:10

that's good news Musher, thanks. Pale lime is acceptable! But if they start going down the blue/pink route I have other places they can live. Thank you!

Will my white hydrangea stay white?

Posted: 10/09/2015 at 15:51

I've just got 2 x Annabelle white ones for my white bed - so any sign of a colour change and they'll be out!


Mildew on penstemon cuttings

Posted: 07/09/2015 at 12:15

I took cuttings from mine 2 weeks ago Hosta and put them in the greenhouse - I've just done the forbidden 'tug them and see' test and I do believe they've taken Worth a go for sure! (especially as its warmer now than it was then!)


Shallots - plant now or wait til spring?

Posted: 07/09/2015 at 10:14

Hi team

I have just received a net of shallots, the longer, echalion type, called 'Longor'. Would it be better to plant them now, or wait until spring? Or pot them up now and keep them in the unheated greenhouse over winter, so they root well for spring planting? I had a complete disaster the winter before last because of the heavy rainfall and so I lost them all; once bitten? Any advice gratefully appreciated!

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