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i have bought a very expensive box of wild flower seeds which says sow march to june would it be ok to sow now or is it really too late???



  • Alina WAlina W Posts: 1,445

    It's too late for annuals, yes - they won't be able to flower this year, and if we get warmer weather they may not even germinate.

    You can either wait until autumn and hope that they overwinter, or keep the seeds somewhere cool (e.g., in their envelopes in an airtight box in the salad drawer of your fridge) until next spring.

  • Gary HobsonGary Hobson Posts: 1,892

    When you get around to sowing them, you have a choice about whether you sow the seeds in open soil, or in trays and pot them on.

    If you sow in open soil there is risk of being eaten by birds and slugs, and germination and growth is subject to the weather.

    If you sow in trays, then this is not as simple as sowing other seeds, because the different species of wildflowers will germinate at different times. So it needs a large tray, with seed spread sparsely. Alternatively, seeds can be sown individually in modules, and then potted up individually (which is the best way).

  • rupert44rupert44 Posts: 2

    Could someone tell me the name of the thistle that grows to 6ft and has a tall seed head, (not small and round) as I have read that butterflys go for them in the summer and the birds eat the seeds in winter.

    are these thistle seeds available to buy

  • Gary HobsonGary Hobson Posts: 1,892
    rupert44 wrote (see)

    Could someone tell me the name of the thistle that grows to 6ft ..

    Not quite sure which plant you mean.

    Teasel is a wonderful wildlife plant, that's huge and looks a bit like a thistle. It's particularly attractive to bees, and later to goldfinches. This is a snap I took last year...


    Teasel is available from most seed suppliers as seeds, and also as small plants from garden centres in Spring. It's a biennial plant, so seed sown right now should make little plants in time for flowering next year.

  • Alina WAlina W Posts: 1,445

    Or do you mean eryngium, the sea holly aka sea thistle?

    Details of some varieties are listed here.


  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,549

    I suspect the one you want is Cirsium rivulare 'Atropurpureum'.  You can buy it as a plant but it tends to be expensive as it's fashionable or you can google for a seed supplier.

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Hi, I thought that cirsium rivulare is sterile and you can not get seeds but if anyone knows where to get them I would like to try to grow this plant thanks.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,848

    Cirsium rivulare is a species and will set seed. 

  • Thanks,Is there a place where I can purchase some.I'm in the U.S.

  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802
    debra kazalski wrote (see)

    Thanks,Is there a place where I can purchase some.I'm in the U.S.

    I would suggest you do an on-line search?-most posters on here are in the UK so will be unable to help as regards suppliersimage

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