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How do i get seeds from my plants so i can grow them next year or will they start again?

At the moment the leafs  look scriviled up and the flowers heads are brown.



  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,237

    Use a thick glove and a pair of secateurs to detach the seed head when it starts to go "fluffy".   Holding the head in one hand, use the handle of a spoon to run around the inside of the head. The seeds will drop out.

     if you do nothing you will find them coming up all over the  place for years.

  • pash2pash2 Posts: 95

    Thank you.

  • SingySingy Posts: 206

    Isnt that a weed?

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,237

    A weed is a plant in the wrong place. Its a british wild flower.

    Quite magnificent as a statement piece.

  • pash2pash2 Posts: 95


  • waterbuttswaterbutts Posts: 1,214

    And in the Middle Ages the fibres from the seedheads was used to stuff pillows and the oil from the seeds was used to light lamps. 

    So however bad things seem, they could be worse....

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,295

    I don't know which is worse when it comes to removal, this one or Silybum marianum. 

    Erygium giganteum has some painful pointy bits as well. Remember that you people I've just sent seed toimage

    In the sticks near Peterborough
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