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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

Echium wildpretii

  • Season Icon Mid SpringMid Spring 2019
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richard.spicer.7906

I have another Echium, like this one from May 2019, growing away in the polytunnel this year. They are biennial, so it dies after it flowers. But not before it sets tons of seed. This one didn’t get as tall as I thought it would, although it was pot grown and that will always restrict its height. I don’t think it would have survived the wet and frost we’ve had recently if I’d have left the new one outside in the ground. It’s happy under cover 👍🏼

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richard.spicer.7906

#echium #echium-wildpretii #echiumwildpretii #flashbackfriday

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pelly

There was one round the corner from me, it was so tall I couldn't believe it 😄👍

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ShelleySnyder

This is fantastic looking Rich!💘😍

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columbiariver

This is very cool

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suerichards

What a fabulous colour too.

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richard.spicer.7906

The #echiumpininana plants can get huge Jane, 8-10ft plus I think. Although this was shorter, I liked it as I could see the flowers up close 😄 @pelly

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richard.spicer.7906

Thanks Shelley! 🙏🏼 hoping to get the new one to flower in the spring 🤞🏼 @ShelleySnyder

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richard.spicer.7906

Thanks Laura 🙏🏼 certainly one of my best plants from this year! @columbiariver

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richard.spicer.7906

It was stunning Sue - and full of bees! @suerichards

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ShelleySnyder

You are very welcome Rich!💘😍

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novicegardenlover

😍 beautiful

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  • Season Icon Early SpringEarly Spring 2019
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richard.spicer.7906

16/04/19 - so..... I think my Echium’s are gonna pop!! 😳😁👌🏼 - Echium wildpretii (at the front) has put all this growth on in just 3-4 weeks, now almost waist height. Too big for the polytunnel now and as it’s getting milder this week they are venturing outdoors ☀️ on the left is also a Echium pininana/wildpretii hybrid ‘Blue Wonder’ (which has also shot up) and on the right is Echium candicans which has doubled in size 👏🏼👏🏼

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richard.spicer.7906

#echium #echiumwildpretii #echium-wildpretii #echium-candicans #echiumcandicans #echiumbluewonder

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richard.spicer.7906

Thought you might be interest to see these Julie/Jeff 😊 @vec @jeatacake

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vec

Wow looking great Rich. Think I shall evict mine from the greenhouse now as we're not predicted any more temps under 5°

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jeatacake

Lokking very promising. Cheers Rich 👌 Keep us posted 👍

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lovemygarden65

Fabulous 💚💚💚

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davyc

Never realised they could be grown in pots. I have two out doors and they have survived the winter nut be a few years I think before they will bloom

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gerryparsnips

Wow quite exotic!

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cyndi

Wowzers amazing

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suerichards

Wow 😮 they are amazing 👏👏

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clipperty

🚀 gonna take off 😃 That’s a beauty xx

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lisa868

Wow you and @vec can have an echium race, I take my hat off to you, I’ve never managed to overwinter any I’ve grown 👏👏👏

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richard.spicer.7906

01/03/19 - Echium Update - I’m feeling pretty confident that this may have just about survived the winter, following some careful temp monitoring. If the temp was forecast anything down to -2 I left it in the polytunnel, with a bit of fleece over it. Any lower, and I moved all the echiums to the shed overnight. Just wondering if it will produce a flowering spike this year or if it’s too early. It’s supposed to be biennial but I’ve heard sometimes it takes a bit longer than two years 🤞🏼

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richard.spicer.7906

#echium #echium-wildpretii #echiumwildpretii #foliagefriday

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jeatacake

🤞 it will flower this year & not need another winter of mollycodling. It is looking well, far better than mine, which died off before ever flowering. I think they flower early, so of it's going to do it, buds should appear very soon 🙏🤞👍

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jpea

Amazing photo Richard 👌👌

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jacaranda

If this shot is anything to go by, Rich, your echium looks beautiful just as it is! Great photography 😍 and I’ll keep everything crossed that it will flower this year. I know you’ll keep us posted on its progress. @richard.spicer.7906 😘

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bigemrg

Well it's given you a fantastic photo op even before the blooms appear Richard! 😀

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QT

❤️ the variegation

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edward

That’s awesome

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anges

That's a great photo ☺

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johninbrighton

Hello Richard ................Incredible photo........love it.

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euphorbia

I had one grown from seed that took three years to flower. It was planted in the ground and spent two winters wrapped in fleece and blankets. It was spectacular when it flowered but I haven't grown them again. It was too stressful! @richard.spicer.7906

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gjones

Great foliage and photo

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  • Season Icon Mid AutumnMid Autumn 2018
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richard.spicer.7906

Tropical looking and homegrown - currently this Echium wildpretii and my other Echiums looking happy today in the polytunnel but are about to experience their first sub-zero temperatures tonight I think. Gonna be a frosty morning, but hope the polytunnel offers a little protection. Gotta let these babies experience these temps at some time as a test, as this was the very reason I wanted the tunnel to see what I can get away with. It's fairly dry in there so keeping my fingers crossed 🤞🏼😳

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richard.spicer.7906

#echium #echiumwildpretii #echium-wildpretii

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KariSamuel

#fingerscrossed for you! 🤞

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kimguy

🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀

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richard.spicer.7906

Thanks Kari - just woke and looked at the window, there’s been a frost so prediction was right. Will get ready and walk down to the tunnel and make sure all ok 🤞🏼 @KariSamuel

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KariSamuel

Let us know how it goes! 🙇‍♀️

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jeatacake

How are they looking now? Still in good health I hope 👍

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  • Season Icon Mid SummerMid Summer 2018
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richard.spicer.7906

Cataloguing.... Echium wildprettii. Trying again, having made the last two attempts fail 🤞🏼 #echium #echium-wildpretii

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kathy

Do you know why they failed?

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richard.spicer.7906

I over watered both of them and they rotted 😞 - I’ve been less tempted to water it this time! @kathy

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kathy

At least you knew the reason, it is annoying when things keel over and I’ve no idea why🤔

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vec

Very nice Rich. I'd quite like this one

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kimguy

Third time is a charm!🍀🍀🍀🍀

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jeatacake

I tried one of these from seed & it died in year 2. Fingers crossed this will make it to the flowering stage 🤞

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richard.spicer.7906

Picked it up at GWL this year. I’ve got two others Julie although one I’m not sure the ID is right. Echium candicans (although I’ve heard these are frequently missold and usually end up being another one which I can’t remember right now - Echium Fastuosum?) and I’ve also got a wildpretii x hybrid called blue wonder 👍🏼 @vec

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richard.spicer.7906

😊👏🏼👏🏼 I hope so Kim, I’m gonna give up if I can’t keep it going third time round @kimguy

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richard.spicer.7906

I really hope so Jeff - I really don’t know what happened to the previous two. It’s possible they were just bad specimens when I bought them, I only had them about a fortnight for both and I assumed it was me but to be honest I’ve not done much different on the third one and it’s doing just fine - kept it alive a whole two months 😂 @jeatacake

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jeatacake

Maybe that's the big hurdle with them, after having been kept in different conditions prior to buying it? The biggest hurdle may be winter. The E.Pininana & Candicans I've had survived just fine in my unheated greenhouse over winter, so I'd guess Wildpretii would too? I think the demise of mine was from overwatering it during a coldish spell 🤔😕

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richard.spicer.7906

That’s encouraging Jeff - plan to keep mine in the poly, but I think I’ll create a double poly inside to keep it protected @jeatacake

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