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Incarvillia delavayi snowtop

MrsGardenMrsGarden Posts: 3,951

hi, just bought two of these and hoping someone may have some experience with them. I looked them up and it says they are hardy, plant with tubour just showing in free draining soil.

Has anyone grown these and any tips? 

Some bits have broken off so any advice how to keep them would be great too.

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thank you. x

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  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 8,347

    I grow them - pretty much trouble free and long lived.  Remove the flower stems after they finish although they can produce viable seeds in pods which you would let harden and go brown on the plant if you wanted to collect them.  Watch for slugs when the tubers begin sprouting in late spring.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • MrsGardenMrsGarden Posts: 3,951

    thanks bob, I'm really pleased with them. hope the slugs behave themselves. 

  • Are they better in pots or in the ground, bob? I have a 'Bee's Pink' in a pot which has been lovely but uncertain whether to risk it in the ground now.

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 8,347

    Mine are in the ground albeit in slightly raised beds to ensure good drainage (clay soil here.)  They are completely hardy but the tubers won't tolerate any kind of waterlogging.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Thank you. That's very useful to know. Considering where I am we're just in the worst ever hailstorm I feel none too sanguine about waterlogging... :)

  • MrsGardenMrsGarden Posts: 3,951

    Does this plant have a common name? Never come across it before.

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 8,347

    It's commonly known as 'Chinese trumpet flower' Mrs Garden.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • MrsGardenMrsGarden Posts: 3,951

    thanks bob, much easier!

  • I love your white one, MrsGarden--here's a picture of the pink one I have, though it's over now.

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