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my snakes head fritillary (potted) has just lost it,s flowers and developed seed pods. These are currently green. What is the process now to sow these in a wild flower border. I understand that they are bulbs. Do I have to let them develop into bulbs or can I just sow the pods directly into the soil once they have dried? Will they then self seed and propagate naturally, or should I just buy bulbs and plant those. Many thanks to anyone who can advise me on this lovely plant

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the pod will go brown and split. the seed is quite papery. You can either sow where you want them or into a good free draining compost. they will germinate easily but wont reach flowering size for about 2-3 years. It is better to buy them in the green [often in reduced sections after they have flowered] and plant where you want them. the dry bulb you buy in the autumn often dont make it as they get too dry in the shop.

19 Apr, 2010

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