Deadheading Penstemons

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Deadheading Penstemons

Postby Luzy » Tue Feb 21, 2006 7:25 pm

I am now hooked on Penstemons (and can gratefully say that this Forum was the cause of it!) :D

While I now have six ( :oops:) different named ones, the first I planted - Hidcote - is coming up to flower again. The first flower head I had cut off to the ground, as it was one that came with the plant and I figured that it should have a bit of a rest for more flowering, which it is doing now :D.

My question is, do I now 'deadhead' the flowering stalks back to the next pair of shoots, or deadhead that stalk back to the ground? Any suggestions appreciated! :D
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Postby Marrion » Tue Feb 21, 2006 7:32 pm

Only SIX!!! :o :o
I really don't know the correct method, Luzy, but I always go to the halfway mark, I figure that the new shoots will be stronger down lower -this could just be women's logic of course :lol:
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Postby Pokie » Tue Jul 04, 2006 2:51 pm

Have you got anymore Penstemons Luzy?
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Postby Luzy » Tue Jul 04, 2006 5:52 pm

Umm... well... maybe one...or two... :roll: :roll: :roll:

Oh, okay - when Port Wine arrives with my next GE order, it'll take the total to 17. Sign me up for the Gardener's version of AA... :roll: :roll: :roll:
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Postby Pokie » Tue Jul 04, 2006 6:37 pm

:lol: Dont worry, I've already signed you up! :D
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Postby Pam » Wed Jul 05, 2006 6:24 am

Luzy, did you work out the answer to your question yet?

A million years ago when I grew a couple I found that if I simply dead-headed down to a shoot, it would send out more blooms from the side shoots.
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Postby Pokie » Wed Jul 05, 2006 7:23 am

Yes, they will shoot back quite prolifically, even if cut down small. :)
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Postby Luzy » Wed Jul 05, 2006 9:02 am

I think I have, Pam, and now that they're shooting from the bottom (rather prolifically) I've been cutting the old stems right down, almost to the ground. (And those bits stike really well! :D ). When they were flowering I tried Marrion's suggestion of about half way - down to a shoot - and like you got more blooms from the side shoots. So far, so good!
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Postby enrico » Wed Jul 05, 2006 10:45 am

Ok, Luzy you Win :cry: :cry: I will only have 16 when I get mine from GE :cry: No :!: Iam not competi :^o tive and not addicted :^o mind you when I went to sign up for PAA(plant addicts a....) it was FULL to the brim of GE forumers :cry: SO,, couldn`t get in
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Postby Pokie » Wed Jul 05, 2006 12:58 pm

Today I bought one more penstemon. Dont have nywhere near as many as you guys - I have 3 varieties. :oops:

I have Normal Red
Sour Grapes
and a very dark one that has black in its name. Cant rmeber its name. :(

I had the OPPORTUNITY to buy Alice Harding and Thorn today but didnt. :)
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Postby Pam » Wed Jul 05, 2006 1:06 pm

I went to sign up for PAA(plant addicts a....) it was FULL to the brim of GE forumers


:oops: :oops: Guilty as charged - mind you, that doesn't really come i handy when faced with moving! :lol:
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Postby enrico » Thu Jul 06, 2006 5:44 am

Pokie, I think it is Black Knight :D
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Postby Luzy » Thu Jul 06, 2006 7:30 am

Or possibly Blackbird, Pokie?? :? Thorn is one of my latest, though it looks like it might be a bit like Peace. What the heck! :lol:
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Postby enrico » Thu Jul 06, 2006 7:49 am

Won`t it be lovely when they are all flowering,Thorn is one I planted as well, havn`t seen a Peace :o
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Postby Pokie » Thu Jul 06, 2006 8:18 am

Luzy wrote:Or possibly Blackbird, Pokie?? :? Thorn is one of my latest, though it looks like it might be a bit like Peace. What the heck! :lol:


Blackbird. Thats the one. :D
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Postby cordelia » Fri Jul 07, 2006 2:14 am

Pokie... where were you that gave you the chance to buy those lovely penstemons?
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Postby enrico » Fri Jul 07, 2006 5:39 am

:roll: Yes... Pokie, and what else did you buy :-?
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Postby Pokie » Fri Jul 07, 2006 7:46 am

cordelia wrote:Pokie... where were you that gave you the chance to buy those lovely penstemons?


Bunnings Belconnen but Kmart belconnen has even more beauties in now now... :)
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Postby Pokie » Fri Jul 07, 2006 7:46 am

enrico wrote::roll: Yes... Pokie, and what else did you buy :-?


See the 'Latest buys part II" thread. :)
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Postby cordelia » Wed Jul 19, 2006 4:24 am

Can we have some penstemon piccies when they flower? I'd love to see the varieties!
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