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Posted: 01/12/2015 at 08:23

for me the roots were thick and "pushing".  From a 3 litre plant the roots prob grew to exceed rootball by 40 cm at a guess in one season ....deep and wide.

the soil there is good and rich.  In other parts of my garden....esp the front garden the soil is different,,viz., sandy but I decided sgainst planting it there.

others may have different experiences with this plant.  

I have an aversion to planting anything that could invade.  I grow rudbeckias that spread but these roots are surface and easy to control.  Just worry about roots I cant see that wander.

Rudbeckia-the plants that gives pleasure for 4 months plus some.

Posted: 01/12/2015 at 08:13

morning young codger 

agree rudbeckias flower for months....goldsturn,,for example, has flowered since July here. i cut them back a,week or so ago but I already have a few re flowering.  

Rudbeckias range from annuals to hardy perennials so you need to know what you have. I have a feeling yours are annuals.  Hiwever, dig a few up and pot them to leave in your mini gh.  


Posted: 01/12/2015 at 08:03

Morning Jo....spreading to the point that roots were well out of their planting zone.  I felt a second season would be too much

I always check new plants after their first season and with eupatorium the roots were too aggressive to risk leaving it there.  


Posted: 01/12/2015 at 07:55

Morning folks 

mild, dry and very pleasant out there

It's my birthday

Posted: 01/12/2015 at 07:54



Posted: 30/11/2015 at 23:26

cordylines grow everywhere down here....and I mean everywhere and thrive.  

I grow a couple of varieties including Albertii.  This grows in the poorest, driest soil.  It is over 20 years old and been cut down several times.  heavy soil would be fatal over winter Helena so dig it up.  

I think you should forget about growing it in your garden.....incorporating compost would not help.  It is an ideal pot plant....if you repot in spring into a larger container it will be larger.  I suggest a basic john innes with plenty of grit or perlite. 


Posted: 30/11/2015 at 23:16

I have grown eupatorium chocolate..i think you will find it is also known as ageratina chocolate.

i felt it was potentially too invasive so removed it after one season. It grew vigorously in deep rich soil.   Not overly attractive for me. 


Posted: 30/11/2015 at 20:00

14 degrees here 

Weed wands...

Posted: 30/11/2015 at 18:16

Fairy, fairy, fairy, have respect for the superior sex please . We gave you the vote.  Dont abuse it. 


Posted: 30/11/2015 at 17:11

Dry all day here.  And warm.....well warmish.  St.Oggie is still smilng on us here 

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