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propagating astrantia

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 20:52

Hi Rosemummy, To me ripe is when they're loose on the seedhead. I scoop them up, on a dry day. I have some pots that are about 4'' deep and 6'' across, I like those for seeds then I can spread them out. Scatter the seeds,throw a handful of grit on top and leave them outside in a shady spot til summer's over. Then they all sit outside the GH til about February/March when I sometimes put them on the shelf in the unheated GH. This is more for my benefit than theirs, it's easier to watch for germination. If they're still outside when they germinate I bring them in so they grow quicker.

Astrantia germinates in the garden soil, around the parent plant, without any assistance.

propagating astrantia

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 20:23

I sow them when they're ready, leave them outside and off they go, germinate about now from last year.. 

I do nothing special, just a gritty compost with more grit on top. Pot not seed tray. 

propagating astrantia

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 20:02

Different anyway

Invasive weed ID

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 20:01

If it's not dracunculus it's a relation. It will have been the last year, that's 2 or 3 years old,  but until they put up those spotted stems they're quite insignificant.

They're not lilies though, they're aroids. Different family

who am I ?

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 19:56

I think anemone, I don't grow leveillei so can't confirm that.

It's exciting to get the unexpected, 

Is this a weed?

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 19:54

I can't get that in focus

propagating astrantia

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 19:52

Divide it when it's big enough. Seed from the named cultivars doesn't come true but they seed well and you might get something nice. 

East Anglian Bluebell Expedition

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 17:52

Does anyone know what this is, no-one seems to recognise it!

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 17:45

Could be Dave, that's not one I grow. It's none of my pink ones

Does anyone know what this is, no-one seems to recognise it!

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 17:36

Sorry sanjy, not arguing, posts crossed. I think that's a too strong-looking plant for fumitory, unless mine are very feeble specimens

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