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Viper's Bugloss

Sown mine a couple of weeks' ago (self collected) and left it outside for cold germination and it's slowing showing some shoots. I know that they have long tap root, so would I be right in thinking that it'll need gentle potting on at an early stage right have it's grown it's first leaves? Has anyone grown this before? 

I was taken by it a couple of years ago when I found some growing on a weedy patch of municipal land and found that it flowers over a long period and the bees are all over it. 


  • LeadFarmerLeadFarmer Posts: 1,300
    I can't answer your question but I have a packet of Vipers Bugloss sends that I haven't sown yet, looks like I need get sowing if you've already got your germinated 
  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 13,267
    I grow them from seed in modules and plant them out from those, never had a problem, although if you try and move them once planted, they do fairly quickly develop a tap root.
    There are ashtrays of emulsion,
    for the fag ends of the aristocracy.

    S.Yorkshire/Derbyshire border
  • I grow these every year because the bees love them. I don't normally sow them till April and then again a month or so later. I sow them in deep pots and a few to a pot. This way I've found they can develop into sturdy plants before planting out and I can plant in clumps if wanted. I've had no problem splitting into individual plants from the pots and the only issue I've had is slugs when the plants are small.  
  • Thanks for your replies everyone. I'll grow them in pots as well in spring to compare the early ones with them. As well as direct sowings too. 
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