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Tall Begonia

Tall Begonia

I have grown tuberous begonias in pots for the first time this year and was amazed with the height of this magnificent specimen. It is 77 cm (30") tall. Do they usually grow to this height? MckenzieF1, Carrickmcross, Co Monaghan Posted: 27/08/2016

They can grow that tall, though usually less. The wall next to it probably encouraged it upwards.

  unusual growth on a Regale Lily

unusual growth on a Regale Lily

The stem has grown flat and the flower head is covered with over a hundred blooms,it is in perfect health and is blooming profusely, height is over 7 feet and it is in a pot with two other lilies which are growing in the normal way 210720161, Cobh, Co Cork Posted: 22/07/2016

This is called fasciation where the stem multiplies but does not split.

It is an occasional curiosity to do with cell division.


Tulip bulbs

I have just removed 20 Golden Apeldoorn Tulip Bulbs, which I planted last October, from a large pot to make room for summer bedding. I have read that it is not worth keeping Tulip Bulbs for later planting as they often don't flower again or do so very erratically. Whats your view on reusing Tulip Bulbs. Should I throw them away and get new ones in the Autumn? DonFoley, Maynooth, Co Kildare Posted: 11/07/2016

Plant the spent bulbs in the garden, somewhere well drained, adding some sand perhaps, and there is a fair chance they will build up again to flowering size. But they will not be useable again for pots.

  Plant identity please

Plant identity please

What is this, coming up at the base of a Yucca? Finch, Wexford, Co Wexford Posted: 16/06/2016

It is hard to say from the photo, but it may be some sort of allium, which can be confirmed if it has an onion smell when crushed.



Is it too late for me to plant Dahlia tubers in pots? Those I planted directly in the ground have been destroyed by slugs/snails. I thought I might grow new tubers in pots and plant them out when they are mature. Don. DonFoley, Maynooth, Co Kildare Posted: 13/06/2016

It is not to late to buy ready-grown dahlia plants of the bedding kind.
It is too late to start tubers off and they are probably gone from the shops.



Could you tell me what this plant is? Bought it in Amsterdam recently as a novelty it grows without soil or water. Carrigjoe, Castlegregory, Co Kerry Posted: 20/05/2016

It is a dragon lily that produces a flower from the tuber, but will only last a while without being potted.


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