18 Dec 2012

Capsicum Annuum Grossum group 'Bell Boy' Plants

Lovely sweet peppers, also known as capsicums and sweet peppers, are best grown in a green house or polytunnel, although some success can be had by increasing them in a protected, warm position outside. Sow in the house from Feb to Apr and grow them in increasing hand bags or 21cm (8in) containers. Regularly wet down the floor of your green house or polytunnel to maintain moisture. 'Bell Boy' generates sweet, deep green fruits and veggies which turn red as they older.

Family: Solanaceae
Genus: Capsicum
Species: annuum grossum group
Cultivar: Bell Boy
Plant type: Vegetable
Foliage colour: Mid-green
Feature: Fruit
Sun exposure: Full sun
Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy
Hardiness: Half hardy
Skill level: Experienced
Height: 60cm
Time to plant seeds: February to April 

5 Dec 2012

Canna Indica 'Purpurea' Plants

A very decorative flower which, with both its attractive green or brown vegetation and unique flowers in amazing colors of red, light red and yellow-colored, gives any edge a flavor of the tropics. Also excellent when expanded in large containers in the green house. The fleshy rhizomes can be started off in containers in the house in springtime, ready for growing out in early summer time. Raise the rhizomes in delayed fall and overwinter in a frost-proof place.

Family: Cannaceae
Genus: Canna
Species: indica
Cultivar: Purpurea
Plant type: Tender perennial
Flower colour: Mixed
Foliage colour: Bronze
Feature: Flowers, Dramatic foliage
Sun exposure: Full sun
Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline
Hardiness: Tender
Skill level: Experienced
Height: 200cm
Spread: 50cm
Time to divide plants: February to March