Growing Japanese anemones
I'm considering trying Hayloft's 10 for £10 offer for a collection of Japanese anemones. I want to plant them in a difficult dry shade area... but will keep them well watered till established (that's the plan, anyway ). I know they can be invasive but it's a large isolated bed I've struggled to get anything established in so frankly I don't care if they overrun it!
These are 'young plants', so pretty much large plugs. If I get them now, being so small, will they survive winter OK? Should I plant them directly into the ground, or would they do better in pots over the winter? I'm on the south coast so it doesn't get as cold as most parts of the country. Would I have more success if I wait until spring?
Also... I'm enchanted by photos of anemone 'Wild Swan'. Does anyone know if this is likely to be less resilient than more common varieties?
I've just planted Wild Swan, and I'm thrilled with it. its not a tall plant only 18" tall and 24" in spread, perfect for the front of the border. I've planted mine in full sun but when the sun goes down the flowers close revealing the bluey purple streaks on the back of petals, lovely. The bees love it. It dies down in winter and should come again in the spring hopefully.
My Jap anemones "hate" being dry, during the past days here it has been very windy, dry and warm, when I come in from work they have flopped over and only recover when I drench with lots of water, it has been just the same the next evening!
So I would advise don't plant in a dry area!
Also they probably are only rooted stems not fully growing plugs, that's what I have received from them in the past when I bought other perennials from them!
They probability will not bulk up and flower for years as I was given a semi double white one in a 9cm pot two years ago and it is still a tiddler, which had one miserable little flower on it this year!
They're £7.99 each at our garden centre.... Maybe I'll shop around more, though - I'm not sure if I'm patient enough to wait two years.
Thank you Verdun - much appreciated
Earlier in the year I bought a WS just coming into flower in a three litre pot in a local GC for £8.99.
They told me it was very difficult to grow, I certainly know that as they appear to have a death wish, but I bought it anyway!
I managed to get a rooted stem off it without damaging the main plant, and it is growing well and quite a size now, though no flower buds yet!
The main plant has flowered since I bought it, but so far I have not been able to get any more bits to propagate, maybe when it has finally finished flowering!
The GC did not have any more WS plants in any time I was there!
Cheers for now!
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Errr, sorry, I think I broke the forum. Can someone please explain how to quote and reply to a post, please, before I break it again?
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.Repeat post, "IF IT AINT BROKE DON'T FIX IT" old Chinese proverb!
They broke it but have not or cannot fix it!
It has been a pest ever since some one decided to update, and downgrade!
Once you quote the post, you can highlight and delete the bits which aren't necessary Judy. Then just add your reply below that
I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...