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Beginner’s question Nigella seedlings

Because of the fact that everything I’ve sown myself has been eaten by slugs, except for the Nigella’s, I’m completely new to this experience. The Nigella’s have selfseeded all over my garden and the little plants look very healthy. But, will they survive winter?


  • PosyPosy Posts: 3,601
    They certainly should. I sometimes thin mine out in Spring when I am tidying the garden but they spread everywhere and fill in gaps in a very pretty way.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,036
    Yes they’ll be fine ... but I think I’d thin them out now and either replant some elsewhere or put them in pots and keep them overwinter in a sheltered corner.
    Pinching put the tips will ensure nice stocky plants. 

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

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,924
    I have some along the side wall of the house, and they just self seed. If they get too thick, I do as Dove says - pull  a few out. I have a nice white one, but a lot of the seedlings [and maybe soem of the original seeds ] are the normal blue, which I don't like, but they're great for insects so I don't bother too much. 
    If you collect some seed next year, you can always scatter them in places you'd like to see them too. They're very obliging little plants  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,634
    Not always.   Couldn't get them to grow in the old Belgian garden but I'll be trying them here, just in case, as I do like them.
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Thank you all for your advice! I will thin them out a bit and do some replanting, nice to know there’s a reasonable chance they’ll survive. It is so good to have something grown from seed that isn’t chomped up by slugs..
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