Anemone prob­lem, se­dum split­ting, cy­cla­men care

Amateur Gardening - - Contents - Anna Toe­man, Dr Jane Bing­ham, John Ne­gus

Q How should I over­win­ter my Hedy­chium (gin­ger lily)? Last win­ter I kept it in the green­house but had to cut it back sig­nif­i­cantly, which may have been a mis­take as it didn’t flower this sum­mer. So what should I do? John White (via email) A The nat­u­ral flow­er­ing time for Hedy­chium is late sum­mer and I won­der, given their Mediter­ranean ori­gins, whether they need a longer warm sea­son than we had this year. The au­tumn warmth ob­vi­ously did the trick but too late for the flow­ers to open.

At this time of year the top growth will nat­u­rally die away, and the plants over­win­ter by their tuber­ous roots.

Dur­ing the au­tumn and win­ter, plants should be kept barely moist and at a min­i­mum of 7˚C/45˚F dur­ing the win­ter. In a shel­tered spot they can sur­vive short pe­ri­ods of cold weather out­side.

I have grown them per­ma­nently out­side in a walled gar­den in Dorset with great suc­cess, but you do need to be wary of frost or pro­longed cold weather.

Plants in pots are more vul­ner­a­ble be­cause the com­post is likely to freeze more quickly, and for longer. Wrap the pot in an old blan­ket or thick layer of news­pa­per. Don’t cover the top unless to pre­vent the com­post be­com­ing too wet.

New growth ap­pears in March, when watering should be re­sumed, but only spar­ingly, in­creas­ing amount as growth pro­gresses. If the plant has been kept cooler, growth may be de­layed by a few weeks but this should not be a prob­lem as long as we have a warm sum­mer.

Gin­ger lilies are a Mediter­ranean plant

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