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Armeria pseudarmeria 'Ballerina Red' problems

Discussion in 'General Gardening Discussion' started by Kevin73, Oct 9, 2021.

  1. Kevin73

    Kevin73 Apprentice Gardener

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    Hi,

    I am a very amateur gardener and have planted this plant last summer.

    As can be seen the flowers are not very bright and the other ones have no colour - it has been the same most of the summer.

    Do I need to prune it (if so - to which height) or anything else I need to do so can be revived?

    Planted in acid soil food moisture and is on north facing (gets plenty of sun - my Tom thumb fuschia is doing very well on same wall).

    Thanks in advance

    Kevin
     

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    Palustris Total Gardener

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    All I ever do with the dozens we have is to dead head. That way you get flowers all summer up to first frost.
    The red in the name is a little misleading in that it is more a dark pink than a true red.
    Try sowing the seed fresh from the plant and you will end up with plants with colours from almost white to almost red.
    Rather amused to see it on sale in a local Garden Centre at £6.99 a plant after I had given a neighbour 30 or so of them at that size for the border down our shared drive.
     
  3. Kevin73

    Kevin73 Apprentice Gardener

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    I presume now Is the time to dead head them?
     
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    Yes, but in future it would be better to dead head as soon as the flowers have lost their colour, so an ongoing job really. I go over ours on a weekly basis over the summer.
     
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    Kevin73 Apprentice Gardener

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    Great thanks will do!

    Yes agree not Red but pink
     

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