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Propogate polemonium question

wakeshinewakeshine Posts: 967

Hello, does anybody know how and when to divide Polemonium (variety Brise d'Anjou)? I want to give some to somebody. Or should I collect the flower seeds and grow from seed?


  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 35,524

    Hi wakeshine. I have that one growing in my garden as I love the variegated leaves. It should be divided in Spring. I'm not sure about seeds. I cut the flowers off mine as I prefer to just see the leaves. I have a plain green one in another area of my garden which I let flower.

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  • wakeshinewakeshine Posts: 967

    Thanks Ladybird. Yes the leaves are really beautiful. It's grown really fast too and has filled the big pot I put it in. Will attempt division in spring then.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,877

    it won't come true from seed though you could be lucky and get some variegated ones.

    If it's not flowering I'd do it now, it's a good growing time. cut off some leaves and it will make some new ones.

  • wakeshinewakeshine Posts: 967

    When you say cut off some leaves, what do you mean ? This is it now. Hope you can see it properly:image

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,877

    I see we still have a photos issue image

    Polemoniums are quite leafy. When I split plants I remove a lot of the older, larger leaves so there's just a small number of small leaves for the roots to support and it all grows away very quickly. 

    Some plants, like hardy geraniums, have little or no leaf remaining but soon take off

  • wakeshinewakeshine Posts: 967

    Hmmm okay, thanks Nutcutlet. When the photos issue is fixed I will try and upload again and perhaps you can point to exactly where I should cut it all off. Thanks x

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,877

    A gardening forum with no photos is a non-starter isn't it. 

  • wakeshinewakeshine Posts: 967

    Yes. I have found when I come here to ask a question and want to upload photos, it doesn't work. Lots of technical issues on this site.

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