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I bought one of these at my garden centre today because it looked nice on the label, but I really have no idea what conditions it needs and how to grow it :/

nutcutlet

Doesn't like it too dry put puts up with most else. Seeds about well 

Thankyou nutcutlet, do you know how big it grows?

nutcutlet

In my garden (too dry really) about 18" to 2'. I think they might be capable of more than that in good soil. It doesn't last here but I've always got a few new seeded ones coming on. 

Does it get many plants around it, as I was aiming for a wildlife garden?

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Oh god yes I did mean bees haha, I'm browsing plants on ebay at the moment too so bit of a distraction  Thankyou for the link, just about to check it out and no I havent heard of Eryngium Giganteum..Is it easy to grow and do you know how? 

Look at eryngium Jade Frost. Had it 2 years ago and the flowers are an unusual satiny blue on variegated foliage. I love it.
I grow polemonium Stairway to Heaven.....another beautiful variegated, long floweriing variety.
Polemoniums need fair bit of moisture ....mine are in full sun but partial shade would be ok

Thanks for that Verdun, I will definitely look into getting seeds straight away, how did you grow it?

And do you think I should've got more than one polenomium? 

Ryan, just get individual plants first...see if you like them.
I didn't use seed...I bought plants

Okay thats a good idea, do you know when it flowers? And I'll just buy a plant too and I expect you can save seeds from eryngium cant you?

Lyn
Did you buy it in Morrison's? I bought one last week, but got pack of 5 last spring, I got some little ones off the sides for cuttings in the autumn and it's surviving the cold and growing really well now.
nutcutlet


 Eryngium giganteum, bees pub. They lie around drunk within the bracts.

Hello Ryan, jade frost flowers from June. Think it doesn't set seed though. Eryngiums for me are difficult to propagate....cuttings rarely take and the parent plant does not like being disturbed for splitting and root cuttings arent easy.
If you want to take cuttings consider other perennials.
Things like penstemons, for example.....buy a plant and take cuttings from it in mid spring. I always cut it back to make it bushy and use cuttings for propagation. They root fast and make flowering plants quickly.
I'll start a thread about perennials from cuttings
nutcutlet

PS on Eryngium giganteum. they're seed grown Ryan.

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I think though that it's a biennial eryngium. But yes this one is easily seed raised
nutcutlet

Yes it's biennial. I leave them where they land but that's usually right up against the edge of the garden and they're vicious. I'm going to try and move a few this year and see how they cope. Have to wait til they show themselves first though. It's all about waiting for something this spring though.

nutcutlet are they your eryngium? They're stunning! Definitely giving them ago, infact, I'm going to b&q tomorrow to buy some! How do you sow them?

And Lyn, are they still on sale at Morrisons?

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Oh god yes I did mean bees haha, I'm browsing plants on ebay at the moment too so bit of a distraction  Thankyou for the link, just about to check it out and no I havent heard of Eryngium Giganteum..Is it easy to grow and do you know how? 

 

Ryan, I bought some plants from Touchwood gardens which I saw on ebay. Because I live nearby, I called there to pick them up and they were dug up in my presence and I had them in the ground pretty soon afterwards. Just thought I'd let you know that I was pleased with what I got.

Oh okay, I'll check them out, seen as I've already got ebay open on another tab