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Knifophia Rooperi query

My knifophia toffee nosed have flowered after being planted as 9cm pots around May, however the same sized (9cm pots) Rooperi have just started showing signs of flower spikes in the last week or so.  Spikes now about a foot tall.  I'm aware this has a fair way to go and with the cooling temps and lessening sun unlikely to flower (?).

Should I cut off the spikes now before the plants exert energy in trying to flower or by doing that will I encourage them to try to produce more spikes so I should leave well alone?

I want them to be as strong as possible for next year.


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 26,991

    I'd have to let them flower. image

    They are late flowerers. I don't grow them but have admired a late display in other gardens

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Thanks for the comments - guess I'll leave them and hope they give me a really late show ?.

  • Seems they have grown a bit in 3 weeks, good job I let them... ?


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 82,777

    Gorgeous examples of K. Rooperi on last nights GW in the Heseltines garden. 

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • Weren't they just - I've just seen it.  Hopefully mine will improve year on year, they were new this spring so fingers crossed I get a few more next autumn ?.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 50,314

    I succumbed at the nursery yesterday and bought Mango Popsicle for my new border. They were all still flowering there which makes it easier to see the colour. Everything is later up here anyway. I still have Acteas throwing up new flower spikes and white Jap Anemones in flower.

    Nice combination there Andy. Should be even better next year, as you say  image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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