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Are Heliotrope hardy

Posted: 08/08/2016 at 17:50

Stems Anomander.  Ideally 2" or so shoots without flowers from lower down.  I pull them off then cut to nodes, remove leaves leaving a couple of small ones, half perlite and half mpc, water well and cover with polythene bag or unheated propagator.   

What is your weather like?

Posted: 08/08/2016 at 17:43

Roasting...."they" said it would be cooler.......

I helped someone in her overgrown garden this morning .....lots of hard work in very hot weather.  And no lager offered! 


Posted: 08/08/2016 at 17:39

you will learn Wakeshine and get more confidence as you go on.  Different ways of taking cuttings for different plants....some need a plastic bag or propagator some like pelargoniums will root without any cover, some like busy lizzies will root in water.  As I said, you will learn cos it really isn't complicated.  Some plants need rooting gel/ powder some will hate it.  Rooting powder needs to be fresh every year.

some plants can simply be layered.....a stem pinned into the soil and they will root.

all fun n games but trial and error.  A great plantsman once said taking cuttings is a race between rooting and rotting.  

Are Heliotrope hardy

Posted: 08/08/2016 at 17:28

Brilliant Anomander 

when your plants arrive see if you can take may mean you potting on  to produce more cuttng materal in September

can sense your excitement level from here 

Are Heliotrope hardy

Posted: 08/08/2016 at 13:42

A very nice lady answered.  due to health probs she is not propagating large scale but I did manage to persuade her.  Between you and me Anomander, if you speak very charmingly.... like wot I do may have success.  

Failing that I can send you some cuttings next spring that will produce large flowering plants next summer

Are Heliotrope hardy

Posted: 08/08/2016 at 12:38

Anomander, I have placed an order for some heliotrope varieties with Homestead Plants.  Dod you not contact them? 

Here that scent you speak of wafts around the it.  Esp on warm sunny days the oils just vapourise into cherries and vanilla.   Marine is an annual though.  Mine are perennial  


Posted: 08/08/2016 at 07:03

I wear my underpants on my head when its hot's called "style" 

Loads of tomatoes but very slow in ripening

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 22:39

Tee hee hee 

Disappointing plants

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 22:37

Sorry Wakeshine...done in a hurry.  point is that although my plant is 18 months old it is growing vigorously because it is in well prepared soil.

What's wrong with my beetroot

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 22:34

Could have been me talking there Chris

i never use pellets anywhere near edible crops.  

Anyway, using lots of pellets simply attracts slugs

yes liseals, get rid of those beetroot asap 

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