This is the time of the year that certain
garden chores must be done. At least,
if you want to enjoy certain flowers in
the spring, then they have to be done now.
This is an area near my Beatrix Potter
statuary where I want to have foxgloves.
Each Mother plant that bloomed this
spring and into summer will now die. However, often the mother plant and
stalk produce little baby plants so I
have to find them near the old plant
that bloomed this summer. If you don't
get them down in some good dirt they
get less feeding from the dying mother
Also, they will form two places: at the base
of the plant and on the stalk. Here are
some I quickly found today:
Walmart and garden centers sell little
jars of root boosting powder which I use by dipping the root end of the plant in water
first and then the root powder element:
These will have time yet to form some roots before it is really cold. It is cool out and colder at night but that is ok.
below shows you a mother stalk and
how the babies formed on the stalk.
You carefully peal them off.
You really need to get some new fresh
garden soil surrounding these new
Just flipping an existing plant back shows
you it isn't even secure in the ground
because it was a new baby plant.
This one was
pulled out and replanted as there are
two there. If it is not replanted with some
good dirt it probably will just dry up
and die this winter.
tiny but these are all babies
for next year:
leave a little stalk too:
planted in better soil below:
I pulled were already
showing signs of
distress from lack
of water from the mother stem.
You may have already been remembering
that other plants do this same type of
reproduction: such as Lambs Ear
Another example is Sweet William:
You can see these forget me nots are
very dry and these babies weren't
hardly in any dirt and will just die
unless planted and watered:
(I do not use rooting element on either of
these 2 plants as they will take off with
just the planting and water)
Make sure you put some new fresh
quality topsoil around those
Hopefully - next spring and early
summer you will have lots:
Late note: someone asked me where I
got this statuary that is similar to Beatrix Potter. Actually I have 8 pieces like these
A while back we got a new birdbath
which was just the same as the old
one. We ordered it and picked it up at a garden center in St. Louis.
I will carefully cover this one better
with a heavy black plastic bag in winter!