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help - bignonia - campsis radicans

Posted: 05/11/2014 at 17:18

Can anybody give advice on the best time to sow seeds of this stunning plant?

and how?

I know I've posted this elsewhere but hope that somebody somewhere  knows something.  Google seems to only throw up American sites which doesn't really help me.

more seed sowing queries

Posted: 05/11/2014 at 17:14

good idea - will do thank you Philippa

more seed sowing queries

Posted: 05/11/2014 at 17:04

OK  thank you both.  As soon as I've finished potting up  bulbs and planting out wallflowers I'll pop them in a pot or.two and see what happens.  No need to chastise me for being so late with everything, - I KNOW - but it's not been a good year for me.

Wish somebody could help with the bignonia though - will google and see what comes up.

Talkback: How to grow agapanthus from seed

Posted: 05/11/2014 at 15:42

I asked this Q last year as I had so many ripe seedheads. I followed the advice given then to sow immediately - one pot indoors on the kitchen windowsill, one in the cold greenhouse.  I used ordinary potting compost but topped the pots with grit and kept just damp.  The indoor ones came up straight away and got potted on in the spring.  The greenhouse ones were slower and germinated in the spring.  They still haven't caught up in size with the autumn sown ones.  They have made good solid plants with a mass of fleshy white roots.  The early ones have been planted out in groups of three, some here in Bedfordshire but most in the Languedoc. The later ones are in individual pots sunk into the ground in my nursery area.  Now all I have to do is wait patiently...

Winter 2014/15

Posted: 05/11/2014 at 15:33

treehugger you forgot "if you can't see it - foggy, and if it's turned white - snow"

more seed sowing queries

Posted: 05/11/2014 at 15:26

I thought I had mummified flowers on my Hibiscus Blue Bird and then discovered they were the seed pods, bursting with ripe seed.

I can't resist a challenge so have to give them a go but when to sow?  If you have tried them how did you get on?  Otherwise I will do what I did with the agapanthus and sow now with one pot on the kitchen windowsill and another in the cold greenhouse.

I still can't decide what to do with the seeds of the bignonia - sow now or in the spring?

any advice/experience  would be welcome


Posted: 05/11/2014 at 15:19

Here in Bedfordshire in heavy clay mine is doing very well - full of berries this year. I love the colour at this time of year when so much has died down.  Mine is underplanted with hellebores.  I need to trim is back into a more sensible shape as it has stretched forward to catch more sun.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 03/11/2014 at 22:07

Thanks for that idea DW - it had not occurred to me to save seed!  MInd you my house seems to be full of little pots of seeds waiting to be put into containers for well as a nice tray of violas from saved seed.


Posted: 02/11/2014 at 09:22 does's become big business in the Dutch horticultural industry.

Winter Readings

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 15:20

Ooh thanks for that info LeskleyK - Geoff Hamilton was such a manageable gardener and missed by so many of us.  I have the original videos but sadly no longer have a video player - may have to uopgrade to the DVD.

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