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Name: Angie
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AngieVanIsld
May 17, 2018 10:26 PM CST
My Echium is growing rapidly in its blooming year and is starting to lean a bit. Should I stake it or leave it? Is there an angle that I should watch for? It's on a slight slope which isn't ideal but not planning on moving it now. Sorry the bottom pic isn't the best but it's dark now.

Thank-you very much for any advice as I'm new to garden forums. I have a boxwood question I posted in the Design Forum that I would greatly appreciate some advice on also if you have time.

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Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
May 18, 2018 8:02 AM CST
Lovely landscape photos! It looks as if it is about to bloom and therefore may not grow much taller. Could it be leaning to search for more light?
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ctcarol
May 18, 2018 3:15 PM CST
All of the photos I've seen of them, they are leaning a bit. My seedlings didn't make, so can't say for sure.
Name: Angie
Victoria, British Columbia, Ca (Zone 8b)
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AngieVanIsld
May 18, 2018 8:33 PM CST
Thanks for the replies. It is leaning towards the light and has very good sun exposure. I think it's okay for now but will monitor it and hope it doesn't get too windy. My guess is that it is half it's size from the diminishing leaves near the top growth.

Sorry to hear your seeds didn't work Carol. I cheated myself and bought it from a nursery in its first year. I'm hoping for babies to avoid trying from seed. Good luck with that in the future if you try again.

Here it was a month ago when I first replanted it... a super grower for sure! I over winterized it in an unheated greenhouse with no water.

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bumplbea
May 18, 2018 11:29 PM CST
It's a good idea a windy day could be risky. I always stake mine. There's some really nice colorful stakes to use that add a bit of color to the garden. Looks like your garden is coming along beautifully. Nice pic.

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Name: Angie
Victoria, British Columbia, Ca (Zone 8b)
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AngieVanIsld
May 19, 2018 9:25 PM CST
Thank-you for your expertise. Staking may be needed soon. Thankfully it did take an upward swing today.


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