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By Pdb

Lancashire, United Kingdom Gb

I have grown these Verbascum from seed this year. I have planted some out in the garden but just seem to flop and die. The rest I have kept in pots. How do I keep them alive over winter and will they flower next year.

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Yes, they should flower next year - try planting them now, if your weather is damp, or in September. They probably gave up the ghost because they were too tiny to tolerate the boiling sun when they hadn't yet had a chance to put out proper roots into the surrounding soil.

10 Aug, 2010


Thanks Bamboo, BOILING SUN ha thats a laugh, not sure where you live but here in Bolton we have had nothing but rain every day for a month!

11 Aug, 2010


Ah, well that won't help either - as you know, they like a well drained, thin soil, don't like too much wet. Sorry to mention the sun, but I live in London, and the digging going on in the (brown instead of green) playing field opposite me is producing gusts of dust like the sands of the sahara, its that dry.

11 Aug, 2010

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