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Anyone growed Red Hot Poker before?

iamtoiamto Posts: 111

Was it easy or difficult to grow it from seed? Did it grow slow? :)

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,364

    They're not too slow from seed and that's OK for the species. If you want one of the cultivars it will have to be buy and divide.

    I don't like them much either. I had one called 'Shining Sceptre' but it only lived up to its name for a few days before looking nothing much.

    I have one called 'Toffee Nose' which is as near to subtle as they get, I quite like it and haven't dumped it yet but probably wouldn't buy it again

  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 33,819

    I like them but sadly they don't thrive for me.

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  • CloggieCloggie Posts: 1,394

    I always hated them until this garden where I have the space to have a "hot" bed and plan to liberally sprinkle it with them.  My approach is always to buy small (and cheap) and grow on/propagate/self-seed.  I got a little one at the end of last year and had two pokers on it this year - hoping it will flesh out next year.

    Good luck with yours.

  • IamweedyIamweedy Cheshire East. Posts: 1,364

    I bought a tired pack of bulbs very cheaply in B&Q its taken ages to get  to the point where the nematodes have got rid of enough slugs to allow them to grow.




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  • PerkiPerki Rossendale - LancashirePosts: 2,181

    I like them, I find them easy to grow just keep the slugs off the new shoots. Easy to grow from seed as well, I grown Flamenco from seed but got no where to plant them image. I would buy a named variety much nicer plants and you know what your getting. 

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