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Posted: 02/11/2013 at 14:07

Punkdoc, could you have grown something other than Helmond?  Red chief is upright but spreads more.  Someone was growing Helmond until I said I think it was t Helmond.  It was too spreading.

Matty, look at juniper little spire.  I know you don't like yellow too much but I grew one called Gold Cone and liked it very much.  Also grow a juniper called Aurea.  Narrowish?  I used to grow a juniper that was slow growing and narrow but, sorry, forget its name for now.  It was always sold as a rockery plant.  A little gem.  

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Posted: 02/11/2013 at 13:49

Don't grow  pampas folks.  Not unless you have a large garden and can site it safely.  It's leaves are sharp and can easily cut a child's face, it looks awful after flowerimg,it grows amd grows amd grows and nothing  else looks right with it or near it.  Grow it's better behaved, superior quality and more refined cousins , the ornamental grasses instead 

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Posted: 02/11/2013 at 13:43

Hiya Lyn....we have similar advice for Ryan I think....our posts crossed together 

Plants Online

Posted: 02/11/2013 at 13:42

Hello Ryan

I think selling locally might be the best way to start. See if local shops will sell some for you. ,your local garden centre may be happy to sell your locally grown plamts....talk to the manager.  Can you sell from your nan's place?  Maybe keep most of your stock at your allotment.   Sell popular plants. , Growing polyanthus for example.  You can display a whole range of them in the brightest colours that attract anyone passing by.  I think it better for you to decelop your selling skills at home...get used to talking to people about plants, get an idea of what you can charge, see what,people want and will actually buy.  Take cuttings of things like  penstemons....we all love penstemons.....geraniums, pelargoniums, etc.

You can develop an online business when you have understood a little more about supplying a market.  You wont  have postage or packaging costs either.  

I used to sell plants myself on a small part time basis....it was very profitable and I was close to purchasing a run down nursery locally.  For me, I have a reasonably attractive garden and it did attract people.  They could see plants I had for sale actually growing well in my garden and they would point to them amd ask,if I had any for sale. 

If you get a good knowledge of plants and their needs....how to grow them, etc.....you,will get a reputation for being able to advise people about plants and not just selling them.

On line, Ryan, I think is best considered after you have had a year or two of practical local, on the ground experience.  What do you think?

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Posted: 02/11/2013 at 13:17

Forester, hiya.

Domt be apologetic about getting excited over grasses.  They are exciting plants amd very much undervalued

You can buy plants now but don't plant them out until spring.  I have some local nurseries but Hoecroft nursery is very good.  I initially bought all my grasses from them as very small ones.  Often the roots are bit congested as grasses, ESP the bigger ones, are vigorous.  I simply untangle the roots and pot into a bigger size. 

Miscanthus, Calamagrostis, stipa gigantea, and panicums are excellent tall grasses and there are new varieties added all the tme.  Deschampsia is a great choice for a dampish spot or one with good soil growing about 100 cm amd flowerimg over the summer.  Check it out

Enjoy your grasses Forester.  

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Posted: 02/11/2013 at 13:15

Woody...we will beat the Aussies    I think 

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Posted: 02/11/2013 at 13:14

Forester, hiya.

Domt be apologetic about getting excited over grasses.  They are exciting plants amd very much undervalued

You can buy plants now but don't plant them out until spring.  I have some local nurseries but Hoecroft nursery is very good.  I initially bought all my grasses from them as very small ones.  Often the roots are bit congested as grasses, ESP the bigger ones, are vigorous.  I simply untangle the roots and pot into a bigger size. 

Miscanthus, Calamagrostis, stipa gigantea, and panicums are excellent tall grasses and there are new varieties added all the tme.  Deschampsia is a great choice for a dampish spot or one with good soil growing about 100 cm amd flowerimg over the summer.  Check it out

Enjoy your grasses Forester.  

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 02/11/2013 at 08:44

Hello forkers

Just started pouring down. Strong winds ....storm force ..for later.  I guess it may mean  all my tall grasses being flattened.  Although they stand up well a combination of heavy rain and strong winds is not a good one.  Shame, cos the miscamthus have never looked better

Could peat be toast stacey?  

Still eating those toads then Dove!  

Well, the rain has put paid to some plans today......go back to bed I think   Maybe not, my dog needs his exercise soon.

actually, it's quite nice walking in wind and rain ....it's not cold 

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Posted: 01/11/2013 at 23:51

Thanks John.  Appreciate that.  If that doesn't attract people to growing grasses nothing will 

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Posted: 01/11/2013 at 23:48

Hmmmm!  I grow 2 Helmand pillars.  Both are tight, erect and "neat".  I agree pruning is not the solution to keeping it as a "pillar"....it soon shoots wide.  To help maintain its narrowness I tie thin dark green wire around it. Not essential just me being  perfectionist here., It isn't seen but it does help the narrow shape.  Every year or two I adjust the wire to accommodate any stray shoots.  I like it. Nothing else quite like it for a purple focal point in the garden.  I grow a mounded Taxus Coppershine ......a wonderfully different yew with amazing orange shoots in spring......in front of Helmond pillar.  

Tall slim plants?  Helictotrichon?  Taxus Standishii?  Prunus amanagowa?  Panicum heavy metal?  

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