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I have inherited 2 Spanish Daggers, not antique ones you understand, these are 3 foot serious looking plants that have just finished flowering and are sitting there each with a long large thick flowerless stem , do i trim out the stem or no, this is a very new new to me ,the flowers were stunning WOT 2do now please,from SUNNY Norfolk thanks Alan
Each flowering stalk produces only one set of blooms, so unless you want to collect mature fruits and seeds, go ahead and remove the old flowering stalk.
Edd high matey ,do you mean i can collect seeds to grow from the stem,im asking this as i cant actually get to the plant myself and need to explain to my partner what to do to either cut down or get seeds.
The creamy white blooms are followed by many seeded fruit that turn into reddish-brown to black pods. Allow the pods to dry on the plant; then break them open to collect seeds.
If you do not want seeds then cut the flowered stem off.
Hi Edd were going for the seeds, being a late summer plant when would you start the seeds ( in greenhouse i suppose )
You may not get seed if the flowers blew off and did not set and if it is just a stalk left then that is the case. Cut close to the bottom of the stalk. It falls off naturally but that can take some time. Spanish dagger can pup and that is a better way to get new plants though the seeds germinate quickly.
Sow Inside: Germination time: one month to one year!!!! Temperature: 18 to 24°C. Towards the end of winter or the start of spring. Grow seedlings indoors for two years. Transplant outdoors in the spring, once night-time temperatures do not fall below 7°C.
Worth a try mate,Kate collected about 8 that were left on the stem now cut off, were going to avago, it would be a treat if they take ,cheers Edd/Blairs for the info