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Hi, I have only just joined this site and am really looking forward to chatting with everyone and picking up useful tips.

Last year I managed to grow some sea holly from seed and have nurtured it through the winter. I have now planted it outside and it seems to be okay, even though it did snow this week!

Any tips on how to keep it looking good, feeding and winter care would be much appreciated.





    As an addition to the above. I said I was new and posted the above before seeing the section on plants!

    I would still be interested in hearing of anyone's actual experience of growing and looking after sea holly.

    Thanks again.


  • YviestevieYviestevie Posts: 7,063

    Hi Annabel welcome to the forum, I did type a reply but somehow lost it.  I have a sea holly that I have been trying to dig up for the past two years (it's in the wrong spot).  I seem to leave a bit behind each time and it grows back stronger than before.  It's in an exposed spot, full sun, well drained soil.  Judging by how it's survived my attempts to get rid of it I shouldn't worry too much about how to look after it.   They seem to do alright on their own.

    Judging by my failed attempts to

    Hi from Kingswinford in the West Midlands
  • YviestevieYviestevie Posts: 7,063

    Oh, don't quite know what happened there.

    Hi from Kingswinford in the West Midlands
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,414

    Hi Annabel

    Don't worry about where you post, it all ends up on the same pageimage

    Is this the native sea holly? 

    I don't think any of them like sticky clay and being wet all winter.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • LynLyn Posts: 23,190

    Its always quite wet here, being on the edge of Dartmoor it has its own rain cloud! Sea holly thrives and spread by self seading here, I do have it in full sun.

    No special treatment, I cut the dead flowers off as they fade but last year kept some to run to seed.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,854

    Welcome Annabel.

    Sea holly, tough as old boots, have no fear.( unless you've planted it in  a bog)


    Thank you everyone who replied about sea holly. All the comments give me hope that it will survive. Thank you.

  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 14,937

    Can't go wrong with yellow and blue, Verdun.

    How can you lie there and think of England
    When you don't even know who's in the team

    S.Yorkshire/Derbyshire border
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