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Propagating Polyathus

I know that these can be split once a good clump has formed but have not tried seeds, and wondered how easy this is?

And can root cuttings be taken to bring on new plants too?

I have a good selection of crescendo variety and want to build up a good supply for next year but will probably need to let them grow over winter and then try next summer I suspect?




  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,157

    i would sow  outside and expect them to germinate in spring.

    I assume crescendo is a cultivar, you may not get exactly the same. If you want exactly the same do as Verdun suggests. If there's a bit of root and something green at the top you've got a plant.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,157


    Actually I would have sowed them fresh but now will do fineimage

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Great, will give it a go at potting on small bits of them. Have done this very successfully with some primulas which grow extremely well into clumps.

  • XX Posts: 707

    I'd have sown them fresh as well and covered them in grit and left them outside all winter.  You'd have loads of little plants come Spring image

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,157

    But if you wanted to sell them as 'Crescendo' you'd have to divide them. Seeds will be any old primula. I think AJK wants plants to sell


    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • XX Posts: 707

    Ah didn't realise they were for selling Verdun.... 

  • Only some Verdun, I do like to keep a good stock to keep my garden looking good throughout the year.

    This is the first year that I have done really well at car boots and fares and even branched out into the world of ebay for the first time as a seller but maybe much of the success was down to the good weather!

    If only I could sustain it through the year and then go part time in work. How much better would life be doing what you enjoy doing!

    Will definately take a good look at the polyanthus over the weekend, but many of them are flowering away at the moment!


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,840

    Polyanthus Crescendo  has a Registered mark after it's name - does this indicate that it's illegal to propate them for sale?  

    Don't want you getting into trouble and having to pay a huge fine!  

    Does anyone have any professional knowledge or authoritative information on this? 




    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • image I won't say anything if you won't! Last time I had the plant police out it was only tomatoes in the greenhouse thankfully........

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