angels fishing rod
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Make July sensational with these trembling wands of silver-sheathed bright-pink bells that arch over heads in the garden as they sway - an enduring grassy seed head finally splits to deliver snuff-brown seeds in autumn
- Position: full sun
- Soil: humus-rich, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: slow-growing
- Flower Colour: variable, from pale to rich, magenta pink and even occasionally white
- Flowering period: June to August
- Hardiness: frost hardy (needs winter protection)
A graceful, evergreen perennial, with arching stems of bell-shaped, pale pink to magenta or occasionally white flowers which seem to dangle above the clumps of grass-like foliage. The stems look delicate, but are actually very tough and appear to tremble in the breeze. Angel's fishing rod is perfect for introducing movement to a well-drained border in a sunny, sheltered site, or for overhanging water. Initially slow to establish, it looks particularly good with early autumn-flowering ornamental grasses. Unfortunately though, as it is quite deep rooted, it is not suitable for pots.
- Garden care: Water freely during the growing season, but avoid excessive winter wet. Cut away old foliage in early spring and if necessary lift and divide congested colonies at the same time.
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Q:Hello to the Plant Doctor! My question is,do I trim back the beautiful flowers when they have finished flowering
One of the answers seemed to fit some of my queries,I have waited SO long for it to flower,it looks so beautiful hanging over the pond now! ...Will it flower again next year?,......I have a light sandy soil, should I feed it,if so with what?...after flowering.
Thank you in advance
Rosemary MurgatroydAsked on 13/7/2015 by Flower from Near Sandwich in Kent
I would resist cutting back the flowers after they have faded as the seedhads will remain interesting well into autumn. As for flowering again next year, there is no reason why it wont if it is happy in its spot. Finally, to keep it in tip top condition you can feed it with a good general purpose fertiliser (Growmore or Vitax Q4) in spring next yearAnswered on 15/7/2015 by Helen from crocus
Q:Hello, I recently purchased the Dierama, it came in a heavy clay soil, but states it can be grown in a light soil, I didn't have any heavy clay so planted it into a good compost, it has not done so well since planting so I have taken it up for the moment and popped it back into a pot with it's original clay and some John Innes No 3 for now, could you please advise the best planting medium? I will get clay if I have to. I didn't know if it was going to give out on me or was just sulking! Thanking you in advance.Asked on 28/4/2014 by Carrots from Staffordshire
These plants prefer a lighter soil that has been enriched with lots of composted organic matter. I am somewhat mystified that a plant would be sold growing in heavy clay soil, as most growers use a compost of some form or another, but I would recommend planting it out again - digging in John Innes No3. would be fine. Please keep in mind that these plants often take time to settle in before they become established, so you may need to be patient, but do make sure it is kept well watered during the growing season.Answered on 30/4/2014 by helen from crocus
Q:How long does it take to get to it's full height.Asked on 22/3/2014 by garden happy from Liverpool
It is very difficult to say how fast a particular plant will grow as this will be determined by a number of external factors such as the available water, light and nutrients as well as aspect and soil type, and this plant is quite slow growing, so can take between 2-5years to meet it's ultimate height.
Hope this helpsAnswered on 24/3/2014 by Anonymous from Crocus
Could you please tell me which variety you supply? The one I am looking for is 'Blackbird' or anything in a really deep pink...... JuneAsked on 7/4/2010 by June
A:Hello June, Yes we do sell Dierama 'Blackbird', and is listed on the website, but if you click on this link it will take you to it :- http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/perennials/dierama-pulcherrimum-blackbird/classid.2000014451/ Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 7/4/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Cutting back my Dierama?
Hi, I purchased an 'Angel's Fishing Rod' last year from Crocus. I would be very grateful if you could please advise me if I need to cut this plant down ready for this year's growth or do I just leave it? Many thanks for your help, MarkAsked on 15/3/2010 by Smith
A:Hello Mark, This tends to remain evergreen throughout the year, so there is no need to cut it back now - although if any of the leaves are looking particular tatty you can cut these off. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 16/3/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
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