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Mary370Mary370 Limerick, Ireland Posts: 2,003
Hi..........do I cut down/dead-head c.bells after flowering?  
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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,480
    I do, while just leaving a few to self seed about the place  :)
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  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,935
    As they are biennials you can just ripen a few seeds if you want to keep them then pull the plant out. 
    Has anyone kept them as perennials,  they don’t last here? 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Mary370Mary370 Limerick, Ireland Posts: 2,003
    I take it so that they only flower once?  No second flush?
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,935
    I can’t remember if they flowered again after cutting down, it was 2016 when I grew them, although I have got more to put in later this year for next years flowering. I seem to remember that they didn’t.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Mary370Mary370 Limerick, Ireland Posts: 2,003
    Thanks Lyn........ was given some plants this year, first time seeing them...........I've fallen in love with them.  I was hoping they would have a second flush.
  • This is the 3rd year for mine and even with the bad winter the rosette of leaves at the bottom did'nt completely die out. I do dead head but each individual flower and they reflower and last all summer long. They are smashing this year, much bigger than year 2. Oh and I'm in the north west I hope this helps. 
  • SuesynSuesyn South Somerset Posts: 545
    I think that there are some that are biennial but also some perennial ones. I deadhead mine and they keep on flowering,  although I must have missed some last year as lots have popped up in odd places.
  • Mary370Mary370 Limerick, Ireland Posts: 2,003
    ohhh I don't know what to do now.  Don't know if they are biennials or perennials.......leave and try to collect seed later or dead-head?
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,935
    Yes, leave them! You never know, mine died after the second year, but you may be lucky. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 4,037
    Mine survive every year up here. I do cut them down when the flowers are over. 
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