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Ammi majus

hi, can anyone help with regard to this plant. I heard it was good for cutting but it wilts as soon as I cut it. Am I doing something wrong or is this the wrong one for cutting? Thanks in anticipation.



  • I think you can sear the stems with boiling water to help stop wilting.

  • TootlesTootles Posts: 1,469

    Hi Betony

    im growing it for cutting for the first time this year.  I haven't heard of wilting problems with it. Perhaps get it into water quickly once cut, cut the stem on the diagonal and remove any lower leaves. Maybe keep the stems shorter.

  • Thanks, I'll try that.   Good luck with yours for this year Tootles.

  • YviestevieYviestevie Posts: 7,063

    I'm also going to sow seeds this year, never grown it before.

    Hi from Kingswinford in the West Midlands
  • It's a really pretty plant, easy to grow and majestic, along the lines of cow parsley but better.   I really couldn't use it for arranging as the stem just keeled over soon after cutting.   I'm not an expert though so there is probably something I could do to prevent this.   I saw them using it on The Allotment Challenge so it must be possible.   I'm growing flowers for my daughter's wedding this year.   So any suggestions or advice would be really gratefully received. image

  • I grew it last year for first time. No problem with them wilting - I just put them straight into a bucket of water as I picked them.

    They do need staking though which I find a bit of a drag.

    Biggest problem for me was that mine didn't want to repeat flower like other annuals  - once I had picked them, that was it! So I didn't get as many flowers as I was hoping for. Shall definitely grow them again this year as they have self seeded around.

  • YviestevieYviestevie Posts: 7,063

    Sarah Raven uses them a lot for flower arranging.  I bet she has tips on her website re how to keep them looking good after cutting.

    Hi from Kingswinford in the West Midlands
  • LesleyKLesleyK Posts: 4,029

    Seems as though lots of us are growing it this year.  I've just looked at my seed tray and they have started to germinate this morningimage.  I've just looked at the Sarah Raven site and she mentions giving the flowers a misting of water to help them last longer.  

  • What! you've got them in already!  Am I way behind or what?   I feel a wave of panic beginning somewhere in my subconscious.  

    I think they've probably seeded from last year so I'm not thinking of starting Ammi off again but I have so many seeds to grow in hopes of putting some bouquets together image .   I didn't have to stake the plants I grew last year they seemed really strong so I was shocked when they totally keeled over once picked.   I didn't put them straight in water, only when I got them back indoors.   

    I looked at Sarah Raven thank you for the tip.   If they do grow again this year I'll definitely try all the advice.   Thanks everyone.

  • LesleyKLesleyK Posts: 4,029

    I'm just a bit ahead of myself this year Betony and have probably started too early but living in Scotland we have a short growing season and I'm trying to get good sized plants to put in. Fingers firmly crossed.

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