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Transfering flowering plants from outside pots to the garden.

Posted: 25/11/2015 at 23:32

Welcome Ray

I would NOTplant out into the garden until spring.  Couple of reasons.....the roots can get frosted.  Secondly you will have a bigger, better and actively growing plant to put out that will thrive.  However, the pots need to be protected....either (and best) in greenhouse or cloche or fleeced top and pot.  


Posted: 25/11/2015 at 20:54

Roy, yes it is contagious if in direct contact with other tubers.

if it is slug damage....symptoms can be similar.....cut off the affected tuber and see if others there are ok.  If so wrap in newspaper and keep dry and frost free away from other plants.  Check in spring and if it looks good then pot up. 

If it is rot i would wrap it up and send to the dump.  

Bare root agapanthus

Posted: 25/11/2015 at 12:25


i would plant in individual pots just sufficient to hold the roots....spread them out. Mpc is ordinary compost you buy from garden centres.  Water them in and put in the greenhouse and keep dry then. Don"t forget to label each pot according to white or blue.

In spring those plants will grow quickly. I would pot on again into slightly bigger pots.

by late summer you can think of planting in groups of 3 in bigger pots.  At that time use a John Innes compost.  This is a soil based compost that is far better for long term planting.

a little patience though Shael.  They wont flower for 2 or 3 years 


Posted: 24/11/2015 at 20:12

Roy, sounds like a root/gall rot.  

What do you mean by "wart like"?  Fungus like growths over the tubers?  Do the tubers feel soft?  Maybe smell?


Posted: 24/11/2015 at 20:05

Busy,trim Amistad back in late spring and it develops a sturdier habit. mine still grew well over 7' with months of flower.


Posted: 24/11/2015 at 19:32

Wendys wish is a (aussie, I think) cousin of Love and Wishes and a third (name escapes me  for mo).

new one for me...since summer...but it looks pretty tender to me.  I took cuttings in summer which have rooted and I dig up my plant to pot up into 3 litre pot.  Cut back hard.  It is a delightful maroon colour with plenty of vigour ...the equal of Amistad I would guess.  Next winter I will leave outside

(always a shame to cut back salvias here because they still flower well right now)


Posted: 24/11/2015 at 18:26


you can do all those things.  

If they are of the Microphylla type you can leave them out as they are usually quite hardy.  Milder here than where you are so a little protection is advisable. Dry compost or leaves will help.

i also dig them up....did this yesterday with S .Leucanthemum....more tender.  I dug a large plant up and cut it in half, trimmed roots and potted up into 2 3 litre pots of mpc.  These are in gh.  In additional I cut a couple of smaller portions and potted these too.

I grow prob in excess of a dozen varieties varying from very tender to fairly hardy.  Kept dry over winter they do well

should have added there are hardy types and you may well have these.  You can divide these and replant but best left until spring.  These do nof need any protection.

a description or photo will help identify your salvias Cornishpixi

Devon Pinks

Posted: 24/11/2015 at 18:17

Sunnylou, you cant divide those clumps. you take cuttings...pipings. I took some in September and they are rooted and growing away.  You could try taking cuttings now, bit late really but nothing to lose, by selecting fresh shoots some 3" or so long.  Tidy them up and put in pots of mpc mixed with perlite.  At this time of year I would use 60/40 perlite to mpc.

in spring ...the best same thing. 

Can you put pots on kitchen windowsill?  Small pot with polythene bag?  If not wait until spring.

Perennial plug plants

Posted: 24/11/2015 at 17:58

Esspee, I'm not a fan of special offers esp of bumper collections of different plants.

however, you have done the right thing, viz., potted up and in gh.  Don't worry too much about vemtilation right now.....keep watering to a minimum though and open windows, etc. when conditions are better.  In spring pot on into bigger pots and watch those little plugs grow fast 

As far as being a "sucker", well we have all been there. It's how we learn 


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Posted: 21/11/2015 at 19:53

Once again thanks kleipieper.  Most enjoyable thread and greatly appreciated.  

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