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By Crv1963

County Durham, United Kingdom Gb

Does anyone know if peonies and lilac come true from self sown seed? I've been clearing what is to be my veg plot and tidying borders and we have lots of these around the garden. I want to try to use (or give to friends) these plants. Will they be weaker than the parent plants?



That depends. If they are true species and they are pollinated by other ones of the same species, then they will come true. If they are hybrids then they will produce hybrids. Those hybrids may be better or worse than the ones they came from.

14 Apr, 2012


yes Owdbggy is correct. and even if true species are pollinated there will be slight variation between plants. just look at your own children [unless women are really from venus and men from mars :o)]

14 Apr, 2012


The poenies that have been in the garden for a very long time are pink, Sarah Bernhardt I think, there are two which have resulted in lots of peony plants around the garden, self sown as they are in places no one would (I think) plant a peony (ie green house base). Lilacs are all over the borders but just a couple of stems and not very big. I'll just grow them on and see what they turn out like.

14 Apr, 2012


The Lilac is more likely to be a set of suckers than seedlings. Not so sure people would thank you for a Lilac which has the potential to take over a huge area.

14 Apr, 2012


Hi Owdboggy you're probably right, I'll think again about the lilacs.

15 Apr, 2012

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