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Acanthus seeds

I live in SW France and have a beautiful Acanthus Mollis in my garden.  I wanted to harvest and plant seeds to grow plants for my friends. However, the advice I've found online does not equate with my experience.  The advice is:  harvest seeds in winter, plant in spring. My experience is:  seeds already harvested (end of July)!  Advice please on how to store seeds and when to plant. 

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  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 31,605
    if you rummage around under the soil, cut some bits of root a couple of inches long,  and replant those. 
    Devon.
  • rachelQrtJHBjbrachelQrtJHBjb South BucksPosts: 805
    Here is advice I would trust from Chiltern Seeds   https://www.chilternseeds.co.uk/item_24_acanthus_mollis_seeds 
  • K67K67 Leicestershire Posts: 2,507
    https://www.seedaholic.com/acanthus-mollis.html  good information here but hostafans  advice  is easiest. 


  • Hostafan1 said:
    if you rummage around under the soil, cut some bits of root a couple of inches long,  and replant those. 
    Yes, thank you I have used this method before.  Just wanted to see how I got on with planting seeds
  • B3B3 Posts: 21,475
    You shouldn't need seeds. There will probably be more sprouted runners than you need😐
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Here is advice I would trust from Chiltern Seeds   https://www.chilternseeds.co.uk/item_24_acanthus_mollis_seeds 
    Thank you, this is simple, straightforward advice and just what I wanted

  • JennyJJennyJ DoncasterPosts: 6,099
    The downside of being easy to grow from root cuttings is that if you try to get rid of it, it will grow back from every tiny bit of root left behind, so warn your friends that once they have it it's hard to get rid of if they change their minds.
  • Joy*Joy* Posts: 571
    I was in a National Trust garden several years ago, when they were tidying up the borders. There was quite a bit of scraggy acanthus being thrown out and I collected a couple of seed pods. They went home in the footwell of the car and when I got home I simply tossed them into a shrubbery as couldn't be bothered to plant them properly. I forgot all about them and was completely surprised when they flowered! They obviously grow from seed very well. I was never rid of them but in their natural position looked great.
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