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cowslip2cowslip2 Posts: 137
I wonder how many gardeners saw Monty Don last Friday sowing Eccremocarpus in a seed tray. I would guess he had used this method before as he was so confident, and made no mention of any difficulty in germinating this delightful plant. I would be most interested to know of any other gardeners who have successfully germinated and raised this plant. I have read that it will "only" reseed itself, mostly, say, in crevices. I have yet to succeed with fresh seed. Any tips please?


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 26,990
    I bunged it in a pot with some grit and compost and it grew :) 

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,537
    I grew it from seed and the plant lasted three years up against a fence.  I use the clear plastic lids over seed trays.
  • NanniemoNanniemo Posts: 223
    I got seeds of this from the RHS seed scheme and am currently waiting for them to germinate. Sowed them over a week ago but nothing showing yet, although the RHS says they take up to 90 days to germinate ☹️
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 33,748
    I grew it years ago in a previous garden and it self seeded and the birds spread them about the neighbourhood too.
    I don't remember it being tricky at all.
  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 4,357
    I grew it from seed years ago, when I had a wooden greenhouse. I planted one under the GH staging. The base was compacted limestone chippings and I used a conctrete manhole liner to make a mini raised bed for it. Every year it grew up under the glass roof, supported by netting pinned to the wood. The flowers dangled down inside looking lovely and I didn't need any other greenhouse shading :)
    I used to cut it down in autumn when it died back and it went on for years until the GH needed replacing.
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