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richard.spicer.7906

St Albans based, career changer and studying Horticulture. Bulb addict, South African plant fan and converted succulent lover

Acanthus mollis

  • Season Icon Early SpringEarly Spring 2018
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richard.spicer.7906

Root cuttings have come good for this Acanthus mollis - they have done well very quickly, as I only took them at the beginning of the year. They have been kept indoors next to the radiator at a consistent temp of between 15-20 degrees Celsius 👍🏼

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justin

I have very mixed feelings about this plant. I think it can look stunning but equally it can be SO invasive. There was a very established plant in my garden here which was attempting to take over a section of the garden. It took me three years to curb it and get rid of the root system to try and stop it 🤦🏻‍♂️

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richard.spicer.7906

Ah, that's interesting @justin - thanks for the heads up. They grow these at college but in a raised bed so it's never been 'let loose' so to speak. I think then I better plant it out with caution, maybe like they do with bamboo, to stop it spreading?

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justin

I had to dig down about 2ft to get to some sections of root and it’s very robust. If you leave even the tiniest bit it resprouts!! Slugs also seem to like it which used to bug me too as it has lovely large glossy leaves and then my ones used to get severely munched. Guess it was just not meant to be in my garden 🤣

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richard.spicer.7906

Oh jeez 😳 not sure I wanna deal with that! Sounds like a lot of work for potentially not much reward if the slugs like it. They would go straight for is in my garden. Also just taken me ages to get rid of lots of brambles - my other nemesis! Maybe I'll 'donate' these cuttings and replace them. I wonder if there is a less invasive variety 🤔 @justin

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