Nation Of Gardeners Results: Cimicifuga James Compton

cimicifuga james compton

Cimicifuga James Compton is a striking addition to a flower border with white, tinged pink flower spikes, sweetly scented and a mass of green to purple leaves.  This plant takes up to 3 years to fully establish and grows to a height of 3ft. A hardy perennial that flowers from August through to October.

Our Nation of Gardeners were asked to plant a bare root variety of Cimicifuga James Compton 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 0.5cm growth seen as at 30/11/13 in open ground plant
Renfrewshire 28m 9 November 20 November: Nothing to see on either plant.
North Devon 30-50m 8 and 9 November Planted in pot on 8 November and in ground on 9 November.  20 November observation: there is no sign of this plant in pot or ground.
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 11 November One planted into coldframe on 9 November and one into ground on 11 November
Suffolk 6m 9 November Planted one into coldframe and one into garden.  No growth change observed by end of November.
Hertfordshire 150m 24 November
Surrey 58m
Pontypridd 157m 10 November
Buckinghamshire 66m 10 November
Guildford 56m
Gloucestershire 74m 5 November No sign of growth by late November
Derbyshire 241m 9 November 16 November One planted in pot and put into coldframe with slug protection. One planted in open ground with slug protection. 16 November: the tip of the plants have taken a purplish tone and looks definitely ‘alive’, but no other growth observed. 20 December: the open ground plant showing 1cm growth.

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