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TootlesTootles Posts: 1,469

Hello - whilst pottering, I've been bottling up some questions.  Any help or advice is very much appreciated!

1) I bought a lovely Pulminaria (sorry if spelt incorrectly) - can i split is to make more plants?

2) I've grown some new strawberry plants from runners.  Grem them in pots in the greenhouse.  Should I plant them out now or leave them in pots until next spring?

3) Are geums part of the same plant family as cranesbill geraniums?  The leaves look very similar.

4) I took some cuttings of cat nip in small pots in the greenhouse and they have taken.  Will they die down (like mine does in the garden) in the pots and then come up again in spring?

5) Does cutting the flowers off Pieris (again sorry for the spelling!) really make the plant produce more red leaves or is it a myth?

6) Soooo many weeds in our lawn this year!  My other half reckons it's because he cut the grass too short too early - any merit in his theory? 

7) Will bellis last through winter?

8) Why have my cylamen gone mouldy really quickly?  Too much water?

Thank you please!!!!



  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,262

    1. yes(after flowering). 2. keep in greenhouseuntil spring.

    3. No 4. yes  5. ask verdun. 6 yes. 7. yes. 8 yes.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,300

    1. Yes


    4, depends if the GH is heated

    6. very likely, if you expose soil weeds move in

    7.. Bellis are daisies, what sort  have you got?

    8. Indoor cyclamen or outdoor?


    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 22,633

    I thought "oooh goody, it's like a quiz", but Fidgetbones has given all the answers I would have given.

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • TootlesTootles Posts: 1,469

    Thanks fidgetbones.  

    Errrmm pink and white bellis nutcutlet - sorry I don't know the name.  They look lovely but have gone very leggy very quickly.  Outdoor cyclamen - within four days of planting in a pot it went all mouldy and black.....

  • TootlesTootles Posts: 1,469

    Hee heee busy-lizzie.  Here's a quiz question I got right a few weeks ago....what was Boss Hog's dog called in the Dukes od Hazard??

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,300

    I should cut back the leggy bits on the bellis and see how they go. 

    Outdoor cyclamen don't like to be wet but four days is a bit quick for dying

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • TootlesTootles Posts: 1,469

    Thanks nutcutlet. 

  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 3,267

    Strawberry plants are really hardy. You can still plant out strawberries now as there will be enough heat in the soil for them to root before the onset of winter, alternatively you could plant some up in a trough and over winter these in the GH for an early crop of forced strawberries in the spring. You might be taking a chance as they are new runners and get a low crop though but if you have alot of plants, nothing ventured nothing gained.


  • TootlesTootles Posts: 1,469

    Thanks Zoomer.  I'll give that a go.  Had a fab crop of strawberry's this year; most didn't make it to the kitchen though!

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,262

    bellis daisies are usually grown as biennials for bedding. if they have already flowered this year, I would chuck them.  if they are new plants from seed this year, grow them cool and hard. leggy plants sound like insufficient light.

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