If I cut the plant hard back will it over winter and come back next spring?
If you cut it back now you may get a second flush of flowers but it will not over-winter
I bought one of these from a small independent nursery, and was advised to cut it back for a second flush of flowers - but they also suggested i bring it indoors or keep it in a greenhouse over the winter as they thought it might come back next year!
I can only wait and see what happens - nothing ventured nothing gained!
Thanks for your replies I will try cutting the plants back and take my chance
I took cuttings of mine last year and managed to keep two plants. They are doing really well. Watch out for mildew though, I lost 4 plants to that.
Hey AuntieMand...Can you describe how you managed to take cuttings?
Sorry I've not repied before.
At the end of the season I simply took cuttings of shoots with no flowers / buds. Deleafed and shortened. Stuck them round the edge of a pot and popped them in my utility room. Last year i managed to take two into the summer, this year 4 have survived over winter. The ones I lost were either because they just didn't root or got some mildew. They were actually in the same pots as my geranium and lobelia cuttings. I try all sorts (I have about 30 ox eye daisies that I didnt thing would take, but they have), some work some don't but you never know til you give it a go.
Sorry my reply wasn't cleverer!
I bought a magenta bicolour from webs.....it was an outstanding plant full of flowers and looked magnificent...but within three months was devastated by something which ate most of it I am now left with a bare stalk...I could not find any trace of slugs etc anyone got any ideas about what are there worst enemies....
I think it's the heat.mi had the same thing and from what I've read when the summer temperatures come it dies. I had a second and third flowering. The third was after I moved it from prime position into the shade.