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Planting lysmchia Seeds

Ive just bought some Lysmachia Punctata seeds. I was hoping I would be able to plant these directly into the soil. How thinks this would be ok? My main question is that the instructions say I should plant them may-June but I was just hoping to bung them in the soul now and hope for the best. Does anyone think this might be ok? Thanks ????????


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,358

    I'm sure the timing isn't that precise. I'm sowing perennials now as seed ripens. Perennials take longer than annuals to get going (mostly) so I always start them in pots and grow them on a bit before planting out. In my garden they could easily be overcome by weeds or dislodged with the weeds.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • LynLyn Posts: 23,080

    I always start mine in pots for the same reason, I'd never see them again in my jungle?

    You could sow the seeds now and overwinter or as I do, start them in Spring. I seem to remember they flower in the first year. 

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 4,501

    If you are anywhere near me you can have as much as you could possibly want!

    It loves it here and just spreads and spreads (I have several plants like that, sometimes right plant right place can lead to problems!) I always feel guilty pulling it out and dumping it, because it is so willing and trouble free.It is nearly impossible to kill - I had several clumps I dug up just sitting on concrete for 3 years wit no noticeable impairment to flowering or growth.

    It gives a good show of flower for a decent length of time and if not cut back, the rusty brown winter stems look quite nice in the winter garden. But it is so yellow and there is so much of it and I need the room for other things!

  • Thanks for the advice. I've put it in pots after all the advice and will plant it out next year. Shame I can't get some off you Buttercup, my downfall is that I'm not a very patient gardener. Here's to next year, I'm looking forward to the yellow ??

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