philippa smith2

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Are carnations an annual?

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 19:06

Carnations and Pinks are perennial plants.  Neither will flower over the winter period.  Both can be fairly short lived and it's a good idea to take cuttings every year to replace "tired" plants.

Carnations are normally grown for "cut" flowers - i.e. you would attempt to have just one or 2 flowers per stem - taller than Pinks,  these are the ones you buy in the shop to pop in a vase at home.

Pinks are naturally lower growing and the ones you would grow in your garden - you can use them as cut flowers but the flowers are generally smaller than those of the carnation.

Banana plant not thriving?

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 18:15

Bananas are vigorous growers - it could be that it is too restricted in a pot.  They tend to throw up new shoots every year to replace the old ones.  Must admit I've ever only grown them in the ground 

Passiflora edulis

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 18:11

aym - depends on the size of your lean to .  My G/H is 10 x 8 and the vine didn't provide sufficient shading for me but it is only in a smallish tub. 

I was a bit peeved initially because that really was why I put it in there and I suppose had I pinched back, it may have done the job.  However, once the flowers appeared and I started pollinating them, I couldn't resist seeing what would happen.

Not an edible variety but P. Constance Elliot used to grow well and shade a previous G/H which measured 30 x 10 if that's any help.

Passiflora edulis

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 18:01

Rainbowfish - that's exactly what I had thought.  The fruits I bought ( and germinated the seed from) were almost black and "dimpled" and I assumed mine would eventually do the same.

I've been checking in the supermkt and just the other day, they had Passion fruit for sale.  However, they looked exactly like mine - not quite "black" and smooth skins which was what tempted me to try the first one of mine.

I guess it is possible that growing it from seed means that my vine doesn't have all the attributes of the commercial variety.  The only time I noticed "dimpling" on some of mine would have been 6 to 8 weeks ago when the fruit was still green.  Could have been a bit dry as once watered, the dimpling disappeared.

Time yet tho ( if I can keep my mitts off them  ).


Posted: 13/09/2016 at 17:47

At this time of year, you could just lever the whole plant up gently without actually taking it out of the soil and look for runners with roots.  Detach these,drop the parent plant back down, firm in and water.  Pot up the rooted bits and grow on.

Startlingly beautiful

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 17:43

What a beauty

unknown rather pretty invader

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 14:53

Tortoises, unlike small children, usually avoid things which are toxic to them.  Mine have eaten Foxgloves and Daffodil leaves with no ill effects. (Torts that is ).

unknown rather pretty invader

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 14:48

Sounds a pretty useful plant actually.

Think I may give Nadia's "mess of greens" a miss tho 

unknown rather pretty invader

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 14:27

I'm wondering that too Nutcutlet ?  I'm certainly not about to get rid of mine ( yours).

Advice needed on how to care for these plants for the winter

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 18:27

You can cut down the Agapanthus stems unless you want to save them for seed.  Leave the foliage alone tho. that will die down naturally and you can remove it when it goes brown and dead.

The Petunias won't overwinter - once they have finished flowering, that really is it.  

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