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Wrigs21Wrigs21 Posts: 192
Hi guys 

Any clue as to what these are please? Found underneath one of my Acers 


  • micearguersmicearguers Posts: 621
    They are Cyclamen (hederifolium I think) seed pods/remnants.
  • Wrigs21Wrigs21 Posts: 192
    Thank you. Will leave be then 😁
  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 4,212
    They will begin splitting open pretty soon to reveal the orange seeds. The seeds are loved by ants who take them away to lick off the sweet covering. The cyclamen then grow where the ants leave the seeds.
  • Wrigs21Wrigs21 Posts: 192
    If you want to grow more of them, you can easily do so.  Wait until the pods begin to open and pop the seeds into a plastic bag with a little compost and seal it. Put in a shady spot.  Keep checking and opening up once a day to avoid any damp and as soon as you see a leaf appear, remove and pot on.  It'll take a while to produce flowering plants from them but interesting to do.
    If, OTOH, you have better ways to spend your time, you could just let them spread naturally ;)
    Ha ha thanks for the tip. Might spread a few around and see if they do their thing 😁
  • LynLyn Posts: 22,859
    Last year I just put mine in a little tray of compost and left them too it, they’re flowering this year bless them . 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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