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hyacinth flowers

Posted: 22/12/2013 at 15:34

I have a bowl of 6 hyacinth bulbs, - 2 packs of 3 all same variety. All 6 seemed to be doing well then flowers on 3 have shrivelled as they are forming, and now a 4th has started to go as well.  The shrivelled flower stem has mould at  the bottom of the stem and the stem fell out when I touched it.  Another bowl planted a month later is starting to produce flowers normally.  What could be the problem with the first lot?  I am sure they had enough water!  Diseased bulbs or something I might have done, or not done?  I grow hyacinths every year and never had this problem before.  Maggie

Alstromarea

Posted: 15/11/2013 at 12:52

Great information from you all.  I have heavy clay soil here so I will keep it in the pot instead of putting out as I planned to.  And Leave it in a sheltered place for the winter, moving it if it turns very cold.  Thank you all.  Mags

Alstromarea

Posted: 13/11/2013 at 14:28

Thanks Dove, very helpful. I now know what to do with it.  Mags

Alstromarea

Posted: 13/11/2013 at 13:03

At end August I bought a sad ALSTROMAREA for 50p. Re-potted and nursed so it is now a lovely big healthy plant.But it has a lot of flowers and more comming. It is in the coldframe facing east and quite sheltered. How do I care for it now?  Will it overwinter in coldframe, garage or should it come in to the house. I am in Staffordshire. Temp went down to -0.5% last in garden.   Any tips appreciated. Thank you, Maggie 

With apologies to the two who responded when I called it an aquelegia which are very hardy.

aquelegia flowering now

Posted: 13/11/2013 at 12:58

SORRY!  It isn't an aquelegia.  It is an ALSTROMARIA.  Not the same thing atall.  I feel such a fool! Mags

aquelegia flowering now

Posted: 13/11/2013 at 12:42

Oh, that's great!  It seems such a delicate plant I was sure it wouldn't be hardy.   I will move it out to where I can see it and stop fussing!  Thank you both very much. Mags

aquelegia flowering now

Posted: 13/11/2013 at 10:17

At end August I bought a sad aquelegia for 50p. Re-potted and nursed so it is now a lovely big healthy plant.But it has a lot of flowers and more comming. It is in the coldframe facing east and quite sheltered. How do I care for it now?  Will it overwinter in coldframe, garage or should it come in to the house. I am in Staffordshire.   Any tips appreciated. Thank you, Maggie 

whats eating my christmas rose leaves??

Posted: 10/11/2013 at 14:25

My Christmas Rose has an abundance of flowers ready to open, many already showing quite a lot of white petals.  It just might be in flower over Christmas this year. 

About cutting the leaves off, I heard that they should be binned  and not composted because of any disease.

Maggie

whats eating my christmas rose leaves??

Posted: 03/11/2013 at 18:18

Not an answer to your question, but does it matter?

I've just cut all the leaves from all 3 of my helibores (one is a Christmas Rose).  There will be very few new leaves grow over the winter and when the flowers come in spring they stand proud above whatever new leaves there are, then the leaves grow over the summer.  Hope I do the right thing with them but it seems to work ok for me.  Mags

Wild life...

Posted: 03/11/2013 at 18:12

Oh, GillyL, No..no.. I don't want soaps. The presenters on Autumn watch are better than that.   We all have our taste  - I know and I'm pleased that many viewers love it.  I know it is ME that is out of step with the majority.  Mags.

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Alstromarea

What to do with flowering alstromarea? 
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