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  • Hampshire_HogHampshire_Hog Hampshire Coast 100m from the seaPosts: 1,089
    They should of gone out in to the garden in early September to flower next year
    I grow them from seed each February gradually potting them on then plant out in September protect them with a couple of layers of fleece at night until about March they then romp away reaching 4 or 5 meters and flower for weeks the bees love them.

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  • Hostafan1 said:
    I think they're too small to flower in 2019 , but they should in 2020.
    The 2 in the garden should flower next year. The ones in the pots 2020.
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 21,133
    They need to be this size before they flower, they probably won’t achieve that in pots,  they don’t like being moved so get them out as soon as you can, you’ll have to take a chance on a cold winter killing them, pile loads of mulch around them,  next Spring, they may look dead but will probably shoot out again.  It’s a chance we take in this country. You can’t expect a plant that grows to 20’ tall to survive long in a pot. (I did lose this particular one in the winter😢) 


    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 4,053
    Tried them here and they were cracking plants the first year but despite protection they did not make it through a Scottish winter to flower the next summer!! Another lesson learned.
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  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 21,133
    Nor here in Devon, surprisingly. Although some do survive, luck of the draw, I’ve had some beauties.  Still got seedlings coming up for flowering in 3 years time. It’s a waiting game with those and they are very big and untidy, I wouldn’t have grown them again but as they’re there I will leave them.
    I think it’s the absolute best for bees, millions of flowers and bees to match. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 33,252
    I grew them a couple of years back ( seeds from @Lyn ) but I'd not bother again.
    If they self seed and grow , so be it. but they get so huge they topple over in the wind and aren't very manageable.
    The bees will have to make do with other stuff.
    Devon.
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