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by BeckyB on February 28, 2006 05:31 AM
I am interested in flowers that will attract hummingbirds and butterflies that can be grown in containers.
This is a list of the flowers I am interested in:
Butterfly Weed
Cosmos
Foxglove
Hollyhock
Dahlia
Columbine
Fuchsia
Violets
Chrysanthemums
Would any of these florish in large containers?

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by Bill on March 01, 2006 09:07 AM
The only plant I am unsure of would be the Dahlias. The rest should flourish in containers as long as they get enough water!
I like to grow hanging Fuchsias in 10 inch hanging baskets, but don't forget the uprights for growing in tubs (with good drainage).
Keep in mind that perennials will require a larger container than the annual plants.

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by BeckyB on March 01, 2006 09:16 AM
Thank you Bill! [kissies]
Actually, after you mentioned fuchsias, I remembered my aunt used to hang some for the hummers. They were so beautiful. I'm going to look for some tomorrow.
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by barleychown on March 01, 2006 09:18 AM
My dahlias do awesome in containers every year, surrounded by annuals, because I have to dig the tubers every fall and store them for the winter. [thumb] Just keep an eye out for slugs and snails...dahlias seem to be on their favorites list. [Mad]

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by jonni13 on March 01, 2006 09:22 AM
My Dahlias do fabulous in containers too. And I don't have to dig them for winter. But find them easier to handle in containers.

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by BeckyB on March 02, 2006 02:46 AM
Are Fuchsias aka Bleeding Hearts?
Also, can either be started from seed somewhat easily?

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by Bill on March 02, 2006 03:04 AM
Bleeding Heart is Dicentra spectabilis.
Sow the seeds outdoors in late fall or early winter, or indoors, you have to put the seeds in soil and freeze them for 6 weeks. Germination takes 30 days at 60*.
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by BeckyB on March 02, 2006 05:01 AM
Bill, You take the most beautiful pics!
[flower] [thumb] [flower]

Would I be able to grow them in smaller pots to bring indoors when it gets colder?

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by MissJamie on March 03, 2006 03:47 PM
wow bill! that is a GREAT pic! I have never seen them that close up before and didn't know they resembled a heart so much!

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by porter57 on March 09, 2006 10:26 AM
i dont think fusschias are the same as bleeding hearts. ive planted 2 bleeding hearts last fall
and am looking forward to seeing them this year on the shady side of my house. they had a growth spurt with much leafing out but a hard freeze came along and knocked em back down. hope it didnt wreck em for this year

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