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Growing Lavatera ‘Barnsley Baby’ and Care Guide

Growing Lavatera ‘Barnsley Baby’ and Care Guide

Lavatera Barnsley Babysley is one of my favourite shrubs to grow in pots and containers as they don’t get too large, are fairly low maintenance compared to their larger cousins, Rosea and Burgundy wine and give one of the best shows of any shrub, flowering for longer than another other variety of shrubby lavatera. What’s there not to love! You would think that they take a lot of effort, but in reality, they are quite easy to grow as are…

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How to grow Lavatera bushes (Mallows)

How to grow Lavatera bushes (Mallows)

Have you come across lavatera bushes and their lovely blossoms in spring? If you have, it is difficult not to appreciate their understated beauty and abundant flowers and foliage. You can easily add these plants which are available as shrubs, perennials and annuals depending on the variety to your garden display because they don’t need much attention to thrive with the exception of a little pruning in spring and some mulch around the base in autumn. In this article, I…

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5 Reasons Why Your Lavatera Might Not Flowering (Mallow)

5 Reasons Why Your Lavatera Might Not Flowering (Mallow)

You have heard the praises that lavatera shrubs attract through their beautiful blooms and lush foliage. You go ahead and plant them but, what if they do not bloom as expected. You ask yourself, why is my lavatera not flowering and without any information to go by, this can be a frustrating situation and one that is probably more common than you think. In general, Lavatera will flower with no issues but there are a few things to watch out…

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How and When to Take Lavatera Cuttings

How and When to Take Lavatera Cuttings

One of the best ways to propagate Lavatera is by a method known as taking softwood cutting in spring/early summer and it’s super easy to do even for beginners. If you have never propagated lavatera through cuttings, this is the perfect opportunity for you to try.  With the tips you will find below you should have garden ready plants either this year if you take them early enough which is spring or next year if you take them a little…

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Why are My Sunflowers Leaves Curling?

Why are My Sunflowers Leaves Curling?

Sunflowers are one of my favourite plants and I grow quite a few varieties and what I really like is that you can grow them without a lot of care. However, if you notice curling leaves on your sunflower leaves this usually means there is an issue. I have also noticed that ‘Why are my sunflower leaves curling’, is a very common question I get asked, especially for those just getting into growing these amazing plants. The good news is,…

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5 Reasons Why Your Sunflowers May Be Drooping and Wilting

5 Reasons Why Your Sunflowers May Be Drooping and Wilting

Last updated on November 26th, 2021 Sunflowers match their name due to their vibrant petals that are pleasing to the eye. When growing sunflowers, you have to monitor them often so that you can catch any issues before they escalate. However, what if your sunflowers have been doing well but you notice they are drooping. While there may be cause for concern, there is usually a reason for this and it can often be resolved in most cases. Below are…

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How and when to Collect Sunflower Seeds

How and when to Collect Sunflower Seeds

One of my favourite plants to grow in the garden are sunflowers and as well as being enjoyable to grow, it’s equally as enjoyable to harvest the thousands of seeds which have many uses from eating them yourself to feeding them to the birds over winter when they need them most. If you are growing sunflowers whether for the seeds or just for fun, knowing when and how to collect sunflower seeds is well worth knowing. Timing is important so…

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Why Are My Sunflowers Leaves Turning Yellow? – 4 Reasons

Why Are My Sunflowers Leaves Turning Yellow? – 4 Reasons

Last updated on November 26th, 2021 Sunflowers are one of the most breath-taking plants that are easy to grow because they are generally very easy to grow with very few issues to worry about. However, while these plants are typically low maintenance, they can get their fair share of issues usually to do with the environment. It is easy to tell if your sunflowers are healthy just by looking at the leaves. Yellowing leaves at the wrong time indicates the…

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How to Grow Sunflowers – The beginner’s guide

How to Grow Sunflowers – The beginner’s guide

We all love sunflowers for their large vibrant yellow flowers and the impressive size of some of the taller varieties; however, did you know they also come in colours like red, bronze, and white? There are also lots of varieties that grow to different sizes from smaller varieties that only reach around 30cm to larger mammoth tall varieties that can reach over 300cm (3m). You can grow these versatile plants yourself and reap the benefits of their beauty and delicious…

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Why Are My Sunflowers Not Flowering – 6 Reasons & how to fix

Why Are My Sunflowers Not Flowering – 6 Reasons & how to fix

Sunflowers are cultivated for their large blooms and abundant seeds but what happens if your sunflowers don’t bloom? The good news is that it’s usually something that can be resolved once you identify the issue. In this article, you will discover some of the reasons why your sunflowers are not blooming and what to do about them. Without wasting any more time, let us dive in: Do your sunflowers get enough sun? Sunflowers as denoted by their name really, really…

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