Autumn gentian

geoffhandley(Shropshire, UK)October 20, 2005

I always look forward to seeing Gentiana sino-ornata. The first time I grew it I gave it rock garden conditions ie. well drained. Then i saw it at Ness gardens, as here, growing in dampish conditions. When I tried that it just romped away in the garden.

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shrubs_n_bulbs(z8/9 UK)

Gentians actually do seem to need that mythical well-drained constantly moist soil. Or some of them do anyway. I'm constantly frustrated that plant sellers label every species as needing exactly the same moist organic acid soil. Since I need the more alpine species that like drier alkaline mineral soils, I can never impulse buy and have to go home and research each purchase first.

    Bookmark   October 20, 2005 at 7:23PM
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