Herbaceous perennials cuttings

Taking root cuttings

Cut back the dying stems of herbaceous perennials and compost them. Do not cut back penstemons. These should be left until March. Cutting back now will encourage fresh young growth which will most likely be clobbered by frost.

Now is an ideal time to shift plants about in the garden. It is easier to move herbaceous plants if you reduce some of their top hamper first. Dig them a comfortable hole and fork up the bottom of it so that the roots do not have a battle to get started. I always put bonemeal in the hole as a bribe. I have been shifting self-seeded plants of foxglove, verbascum and Verbena bonariensis to more suitable homes and none show signs yet of flagging.

Pick late-keeping apples for eating over Christmas and the New Year. Store them separately from early and mid-season apples. The ethylene gas given off by ripe earlier fruit will hurry the late ones on too much and they will deteriorate.

Stop watering tuberous begonias and gloxinias in pots so that they die down naturally. Store the tubers for the winter in a cool, dry place. Flowers of sulphur dusted over them will help prevent mould.

What to see

Plan a quick trip over the Channel to visit the Courson autumn show (and weep that here in Britain, we can't put on anything half as stylish). With 250 exhibitors of plants, books and sundries, it runs from 18-20 October at the Domaine de Courson, 91680 Courson-Monteloup (Essonne), admission €17. The theme this year is 'Blowing in the Wind'.

Blue Dick

2008-04-09 08:24:22 by --

A.K.A.: Dichelostemma capitatum
Blue Dick is an herbaceous perennial growing from an underground corm to a height of as much as 60 cm. It has 2–3 leaves which are 10–40 cm long. The inflorescence is head- or umbel-like, and dense. It usually contains 2 to 15 flowers, which have a blue, blue-purple, pink-purple, or white perianth. The flower tube is 3–12 mm and is narrowly cylindrical to campanulate. Flowers have six fertile stamens, deeply notched, lanceolate, white, angled inward, slightly reflexed at tip, with outer filaments wider at the base

Nope, herbaceous flowering plant

2012-05-06 19:58:43 by -

The banana plant is the largest herbaceous flowering plant.[4] The plants are normally tall and fairly sturdy and are often mistaken for trees, but their main or upright stem is actually a pseudostem that grows 6 to 7.6 metres (20 to 24.9 ft) tall, growing from a corm. Each pseudostem can produce a single bunch of bananas. After fruiting, the pseudostem dies, but offshoots may develop from the base of the plant. Many varieties of bananas are perennial.

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