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Please can anyone tell me if its ok for me to cut some off the bottom of my mirabilis tuber as its to big for my pot, its already started shooting

thanks chris


  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,440

    Use a deeper pot. Cutting the root may let in rot.

  • Thanks guys

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,358

    These are so quick from seed. I don't keep tubers image

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • I got a pack of 5 mixed tubers from Poundland early this year (actually got 6) and grew them in a large pot. They grew and flowered lovely, 3 yellow and 3 white! I've now started collecting the large seeds.  Can I set these seeds now for flowers next year, and will they all be yellow and white? I will keep this year's tubers in the pot in my garage over winter, but won't be too disappointed if they don't survive.

    I may get another pack next year hoping for some different colours as they are lovely plants and flowers, and would make great "fill in" plants if grown separately in pots.

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,440

    I did that last year. I forgot to dig them up and the frost got them. But they have self seeded all over that area. They have come up like weeds.

  • Hi fidgetbones thanks for your prompt reply.  

    I think several seeds have dropped, although I have collected a lot too, so like you I will probably have several self sown plants.  This is the first time growing these, and i was really pleased with them. I was quite surprised when I saw the size of the seeds, I didn't expect them to be so big from such a nice flower.    I've had several packs of plants I've not grown before from the pound shops just to see how they look. If I don't like them I haven't lost much and know not to grow them again! 


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,358

    I sow them in spring, they're very quick to germinate and to flower

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Thanks nutcutlet, will keep them til spring (which doesn't seem that far away), tho it is very sunny and almost warm here on E.Norfolk coast at the moment.

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