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Name: Emily
Sydney, Australia
Mar 5, 2017 6:35 PM CST
Hello again here with my second question..

So this is my little edible garden I've been growing with organic soil.

I had a couple of questions as i am unable to plant anything in the ground i have no where in my backyard as my darling dog had severe allergies to grass so i had to remove all the grass.

So this is my solution hoping it will be enough for what i am trying to achieve.

Here are my questions :)

1. Why are my Violas (Johny jump ups) so much taller and falling over compared to my other Violas. (picture attached) I placed some little support wires to keep them upright, should i trim them down?

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2. are the pots sufficient enough to grow them successfully and not run into any problems further down the track?

3. Also i recently planted some Stock flowers at the bottom in the brown pot (picture attached) no flowers yet, do they take a while before they start flowering?

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4. My snap dragons are taking so long to produce flowers only one seems to be making yellow flowers but the rest just kind of do nothing :/ have i done something wrong or do they take a while?

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Sorry for so many questions i am quite new to the gardening world :)
Thank you in advance

Name: Daisy I
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Mar 5, 2017 6:55 PM CST
Your Johnny Jump-ups look just like Johnny Jump-ups - straggly.

The rest of your plants don't look old/big enough to flower yet. When did you start them?
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Mar 5, 2017 11:23 PM CST
I agree with Daisy - Jump-Ups just do that. They don't mind being trimmed, and they grow well in pots for me. (they also grow everywhere else... but I love them, so that's okay Big Grin )
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And some varieties seem to grow taller than others. Thumbs up
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Mar 6, 2017 1:14 PM CST
I agree, Violas grow to about 6 or 8in. then they fall over and sprawl along the ground. The stems will even sometimes root where they are lying against the soil. They can make a nice large clump like a ground cover in time. In a pot or container such as you have they can look really nice hanging down over the edges. Just "train" some of your other plants like the snapdragons to cover over the top areas where they get looking a little scraggly.

Yes, your other plants like the snapdragons need more time, and probably more sun, too. They probably like more sun than the Violas so if they grow over top, and shade the sprawling plants behind that will be good.

Another observation, of your other containers with the stocks etc. in them - you really should fill the containers up with soil as full as you can, leaving just a little bit of lip to contain the water so it doesn't run off. This will give your plants more room to develop deep roots, and reduce your watering chore. As they are, in a few months you're going to be watering several times per day to keep the plants from wilting. That's really not enough soil depth.


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