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REMF33REMF33 Posts: 720
I have a couple of pots of Italian Anemones which are flowering and in bud right now. The stalks seem to be flopping over and bending irrevocably. Is this normal? i.e. do they just need support, or am I doing something wrong? Too much shade? The cold snap? (They were draped with fleece. I suppose that might have contributed to the bending...)
Also I have a lot of new ones to plant. Is there any reason not to start them off in separate pots? (Other than it being more time consuming.) I have had patchy germination in the past when putting a job lot in a pot, resulting in a not very impressive display.


  • Bright starBright star Posts: 1,153
    They prefer the sun, so perhaps yours are stretching towards the light?......
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  • NollieNollie Posts: 7,490
    I planted a load of Italian anemones last year under the shade of a fig tree, north facing site and they kept compact and flowered well. The soil was pretty poor though, so maybe they don’t like too rich a compost? Not sure. Unfortunately only one returned this year and doesn’t look like flowering so I suspect they are possibly tender (we had a prolonged freeze) or are just tricky things in general.
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  • That's just how they go.

    I have seen them persist from year to year in a really well drained site, on top of a bank at the base of a deciduous hedge in full sun. But in general they rot off and/or decline and/or refuse to rebloom after year 1. So possibly it's best to put them aside once they have finished flowering (which is not yet) or start looking too tatty (quite soon), and start over with new corms in new pots next season.
  • didywdidyw Posts: 3,365
    Mine are doing this too.  I don't mind them as they are flopping out of their pots and over other pots and generally looking a bit louche, like tipsy ballerinas.
    Gardening in East Suffolk on dry sandy soil.
  • REMF33REMF33 Posts: 720
    edited April 2021
    They seemed to perk up a bit today.
    I suspect I knocked them with the fleece. Some of the new stems coming through are shorter, which helps. The stems that are bent are damaged though.
    They are perhaps not the most excitingly coloured ones but I think could look lovely if they all flowered together and stood a bit more upright! They are rather pretty in better light (i.e. not on a cloudy day.) Although I think I prefer the more vividly coloured ones.


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