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Johnny1 wrote (see)
hello my lupin has now pretty much gone to seed can anyone tell me when is the best time to propagate lupin seeds and how is this achieved and when to sow them. thank you John
Not yet -if the pods are at the grey fluffy stage-wait until they go brown and give them a shake- you can hear the seed rattling in the pods.
You can sow them immediately after harvesting if you wish- they will take a year or so to flower -make sure you protect the precious seedlings from the nasty slug .
If you wish to keep the seed store in a paper bag and sow early next year
One useful piece of info, when the seeds of things which can wait to be sown in Spring, are dry and ready for storage, the tubes in which Steradent comes are really good. they are sterile and air tight.
can i take the seeds out of a pepper and grow them
Yes, but the peppers they produce will depend on whether the parent fruit is a hybrid or pure variety. If a hybrid, you will end up with a version of the parent fruit. If a pure variety, provided it wasn't cross-pollinated, you will end up with the same fruit.
mariarossi wrote (see)
I have been given some hollyhock seeds could you advise me when to plant them? Maria Galway Ireland
Hi mariarossi - I would suggest that you sow the hollyhock seeds now and then overwinter the resulting seedlings in a coldframe, greenhouse or the like !! The plants can then be planted in the ground next spring.
I've never had much luck with hollyhocks from seed - largely because they get eaten by slugs/snails before they get established - even in the dry summers in Lincolnshire - a distant memory now !!
Thanks to others for the helpful tips and information - it's always very interesting reading the posts on the forum
what do i do with pepper seeds i've taken out of the peppers & when do i plant them
Dry them on some kitchen roll-then store for sowing next February