Nation of Gardeners results: Astrantia Moulin Rouge

Astrantia Moulin RougeAstrantia Moulin Rouge is a hardy perennial that grows to 20-28in in height bringing beautiful blooms to the mid-border with tiny dove-shaped florets above a collar of fringed bracts and palm-shaped leaves.  Flowers from midsummer through to autumn, it is a variety that is quick to clump and good as a cut flower.

Our Nation of Gardeners were asked to plant a bare root variety of Astrantia Moulin Rouge in November 2013 to test raising these bare root perennials in exposed and sheltered situations over winter.  They were sent two plants – one for planting in the open ground and one for planting in a pot and protecting in a coldframe or greenhouse. Results seen via each of these methods will be compared in Spring and Summer 2014.  The table below charts their progress.

Location Elevation Date planted Date first signs of growth Notes
Cheshire 49m 12 November 30 November (open ground plant) 1cm growth as at 30/11/13 in the plant in open ground.  No growth in the potted plant.
Renfrewshire 28m 9 November 15 November Both plants arrived with single shoot of growth which ‘brightened up’ a few days after planting.
North Devon 30-50m 8 and 9 November 20 November Planted in pot on 8 November and in ground on 9 November.  20 November observation: plants in the open ground are looking more established and settled than those in pots.
Worcestershire 55m 10 November Planted both on same date. 17 November: Covered ground planted perennials with umbrella cloche due to severe weather warning.
Derbyshire 39m 10 November
Cumbria 90m 8 November Planted both on same date.
Ceredigion 131m 8 November Planted both on same date. In the open ground planted into partial sunny position. In pot, planted into sunny position.
Bristol 55m 9 and 10 November  9 December One planted into coldframe in pot on 9 November, other in open ground on 11 November.  Protected with pebbles from slugs.  9 December: Some new leaf growth.
Suffolk 6m 9 November 1 December One planted into coldframe in pot, other in garden. By 1 December new leaf growth observed.
Hertfordshire 150m 23 November 23 November Were already growing new shoots on arrival
Surrey 58m
Pontypridd 157m 10 November 24 November (potted plant)
Buckinghamshire 66m 10 November
Guildford 56m
Gloucestershire 74m 5 November 22 November Some weak growth observed 22 November
Derbyshire 241m 9 November 1 December One planted in pot and put into coldframe with slug protection. One planted in open ground with slug protection. 1 December: new leaf growth in open ground, one new leaf also on cold frame plant

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