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just wanted to share a photo of this little beauty.

I've been trying to grow it for about five years and every time it takes for ever to germinate and then doesn't have a long enough growing season to come into flower. Even with overwintering in my greenhouse it has always died.

At last my patience has been rewarded which is just as well as it was the last little pinch of seed!

It's called Gomphrena "Little Grapes". Hopefully I shall be able to track down some more seed for next year.



  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,881

    That is so gorgeous!  

    Not a plant I know ... unsurprisingly if it takes so long to germinate and get to flowering.  I hope you get more seed and that we have some more long warm summers for you. image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Thanks Dove. I'm going to try everything to keep it going.

    digging it up and putting it in the greenhouse.

    trying to save some (hopefully!) viable seed.

    trying rooting some cuttings in water

    and trying rooting some cuttings in potting compost.

    will report back if any success!

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,140

    Needs to be pretty with such an unfortunate name.   Well done.

    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • B3B3 Posts: 25,231

    I was just thinking the same thingimage

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Can I ask where you got the seed from in the first place? Thanks, Jack :-)
  • FarendwomanFarendwoman Posts: 148
    Hi Jack - it came from Avant Gardens, (USA) but it was a long time ago.
    don't think they still have it!
    I’m still nursing two little plants that I have managed to keep going for four years.
    they do brilliantly in the garden in the summer - but have to be overwintered in a bedroom.
    Any saved seed has not yet produced anything!!!
    nor have cuttings been successful.
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