Re: [gardeners] cleomes

George Shirley (
Mon, 16 Sep 2002 06:19:37 -0500

Old nylon hose make excellent tie-backs and, being neutral colored, are
not that noticeable.

George wrote:
> I cannot understand this year's growth pattern of my New Guinea
> hybrid impatiens. I have them in 2 new locations, and they  are
> not all blooming. Side-by-side in the back yard, all day sunshine,
> lots of soaker watering, some have no flowers, some have just a
> few, and some are covered with bloom!  In the front yard, all the
> plants are lush and healthy, but only about half of them have
> flowers!
> I ALWAYS plant my seedlings with 1/8 tsp of Osmocote underneath.
> This year the plants I am talking about appear to me to have received
> too much nitrogen -- they are robust and crowding each other, but
> not floriferous.
> Any ideas?
> .....................
> The big wind storm of last week snapped 4 of my 9 ft dahlias in
> half, even tho everything had been staked. The stakes were 8 footers
> which I hammered into the ground one foot -- the plants grew  even
> taller than that!  And the wind-induced fractures defied my tying and
> bent anyway...  Next year I intend to buy some 12 ft stakes, if I can
> find them -- the dahlias are so gorgeous that any effort is worth it to
> make them happy.
> But I do wonder what you folks use for tie-backs to secure loose
> branches..? The green covered wire turns blue in time and looks
> strange; the green garden twine eventually rots away. There must be
> something I have overlooked...
> Penny, NY
> .
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