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By Husky7

United Kingdom Gb

Sorry I am a novice with plants, but I love my hanging basket plants which I bought already made up, I dont want them to die. I know some of the plants re-grow as I have seen them elsewhere, but mine always die, please can you advise me what to do, even down to the Geraniums and Lupins etc dont know what some of the plants are called.

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Most of those are annuals and have to be resown every year. You can collect seed from your nasturtiums and sow them again in Spring. The pretty little pale pink fuchsia can be potted up and overwintered in cool place out of the frost -a bedroom windowsill perhaps? It will need very little care, kept pretty nearly dry and just ticking over. Geraniums can be cut back a bit, potted up and kept on a windowsill.
I couldn't see any lupins in your photo - they aren't usually hanging basket plants and are usually grown in the ground to come up year after year. Are you sure that's what you meant?
You may be able to keep the impatiens (the dark pink on the left of the first pic - at least I think that's what it is) as a house plant over the winter - worth a try anyway.

30 Sep, 2012


Hi and welcome,You are in the right place,there is a wealth of knowledge on here.....none of the ones in your basket will survive till next year..the Busy lizzies (pink)are annual as are lobelia(Lilac ones)the pale pink is a Fuchsia,you could take a cutting to grow on next year,the Nasturtians(cant spell that) the ones I have in my garden seed themselves easily.

30 Sep, 2012


Sorry Steragram,we must have been doing that at the same time (:0)

30 Sep, 2012


Thank you Steragram, yes I did get my lupins mixed up with my fuchsia why I said that I dont know, I do know those flowers:) Sorry
Which one is the nasturtiums? sorry again. Also what is the yellow one, also the Purple one (picture below) I think this is the best hanging basket I have owned in terms the flowers and colours and will be sad to see it go:)
Thank you also Poppylinda. I am sure in the future I will have lots of questions & queries:) being a novice

30 Sep, 2012


I also just wanted to say I am so glad I found your website, I have been looking for ages trying to find somebody who I can talk to about my garden plants. Thank you

30 Sep, 2012


Nasturtiums are the big yellow ones, sometimes in orange.I dont know what the purple one is,I'm never atracted to purple flowers so don't have one of those.

30 Sep, 2012


I don't know the purple one either but would guess its not hardy. Suggest you show the pic to your garden centre next year and ask if they have any.

30 Sep, 2012


Your baskets look lovely. I think the purple one might be a Verbina Homestead Purple as it looks like mine. Its a perennial and will do well trailing from a pot, flowering all summer, its hardy in most areas - I have had mine about 5 years now.

30 Sep, 2012


Thank you to Steragram and Drc726 for your help, Think I will pot it and as you say take it to a garden centre and ask them. Looked up the Verbina Homestead, but I didnt think it looked like that, not sure. It is a beautiful colour and would like to hopefully keep it alive, it is not from the lack of trying to keep these plants alive:) I will have to swot up on what flowers get through winter, not good this winter lark is it, poor flowers:) Thank you

1 Oct, 2012

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