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Ammi Majus

justflowersjustflowers Posts: 136
My Ammi have grown to 10 feet this year - previously they've only reached 3 -4 feet.  Previously I think I grew Ammi Visnaga but this year grew Ammi Majus which I'm guessing accounts for the height difference.  I've had way more blooms than ever before, but have also had a problem with masses of tiny petals dropping from the flowerheads when they are in vases, making my tables - and sometimes floors! -  look as if they have a bad case of dandruff.  As I grow them for cutting this is a problem which I don't recall having before.  I'd be grateful for any ideas on how to stop the petals falling if using Ammi Majus or whether Ammi Visnaga is a better option, despite (for me) producing fewer blooms.


  • FireFire Posts: 17,116
    Were they planted into manured or otherwise very rich soil? That make them grow hugely tall.
  • justflowersjustflowers Posts: 136
    Thanks for you feedback. The soil's not especially fertile and I didn't use manure at all.  It's a very sheltered part of the garden though. think I might go back to Ammi Visnaga next year!
  • @justflowers
    how about trying hair spray on the blooms to see if that will fix it. We did that in our flower arranging class, but I can’t remember which flowers we were using. Valerie 
  • justflowersjustflowers Posts: 136
    Thanks Valerie - that's definitely worth a try!
  • FireFire Posts: 17,116
    Some white umbellifers are hopeless as cut flowers, like valerian - they just drop everywhere.
  • justflowersjustflowers Posts: 136
    I'll try the hair spray and if that doesn't work, I'll go back to Ammi Visnaga!
  • Loraine3Loraine3 Posts: 558
    I have never tried hair spray on fresh flowers; I've just used it on things like wild clematis (Old Man's Beard)
  • justflowersjustflowers Posts: 136
    I haven't tried it yet - I'll post to let people know whether it worked when I have!
  • justflowersjustflowers Posts: 136
    Picked Ammi flowers on Sunday and sprayed them with hairspray and it definitely made a big difference - still a few petals dropped but nothing like the previous occasions.  I'll use a bit more spray next time and see if that has a bigger impact! Thank you @valerieroberts!
  • Your very welcome @justflowers
    another trick I knew was to get rid of lily pollen on clothes by putting sellotape On the pollen a peeling it off. Just is case you may need it one day. Valerie 
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