Codonopsis seeds

EricaheatherEricaheather North West uk Posts: 196
Hi all, when would be the best time to plant codonopsis seeds please? They are grey wilsonii. Also any tips/advice you have on this plant would be welcomed. I've read it's best grown through shrubs but would I need to? Would it cope on a trellis? 
Thank you

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,021
    I've germinated that one from an Autumn sowing, cold. I've found Codonopsis generally easy to germinate but tricky to keep alive in the garden. they don't climb as such, more sprawl, and don't like a lot of sun.
  • EricaheatherEricaheather North West uk Posts: 196
    Thanks @nutcutlet. Are the flowers worth the effort? They look a bit dull in colour online
  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,021
    Some are quite interesting and attractive but more 'collector's items' than impressive garden plants
  • EricaheatherEricaheather North West uk Posts: 196
    Ok thanks, I'll give it a go. Thanks for the help
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 55,117
    I have a couple of codonopsis (thank you @nutcutlet) ;in pots ... in summer they live on a table on the terrace where the flowers can be seen so much better than if they were lower in a mixed bed. 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,021
    I have a couple of codonopsis (thank you @nutcutlet) ;in pots ... in summer they live on a table on the terrace where the flowers can be seen so much better than if they were lower in a mixed bed. 
    yours are probably doing better than mine @Dovefromabove
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 55,117
    They’ve not done so well this year ... think they need repotting 🙄 most years they get repotted into a fresh mix of JI3 and homemade compost with a bit of grit ... but somehow it didn’t happen this year and they’ve definitely complained about it 😉 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • EricaheatherEricaheather North West uk Posts: 196
    Thanks both
  • EricaheatherEricaheather North West uk Posts: 196
    Thanks both
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