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Honesty Seeds (Lunaria)


By Llew

Lincolnshire, United Kingdom Gb

Yesterday I had a look at the pile of Honesty plants that I asked you about before.

They have started to go to seed. Lovely green flat pods and I can see the seeds inside them.

What do I do now? Collect them yet or leave them a bit longer? Do I dry them or split them and take the seeds? Then, what do I do with the seeds? Dry them or plant them?

Basically, all cultural info would be much appreciated, lol. :o)




I leave mine until the seed heads go silver and the seeds mature. That's one of the attractions of this plant, the silver seed heads. Then I just let them seed themselves or sometimes bang them on the ground where I want them to grow, the same as I do with forget-me-nots when they are finished and have gone to seed.. Then I let them get on with it and they come up all over the place which is the way I like it.

17 May, 2009


Thanks, Inverglen. But I really want to try it myself and don't know if I have to take the seeds out of the pods or not.

These are growing in an unused part of ground and I need/want to put them into my garden.

17 May, 2009


yes leave the pods to dry out so they are papery. then separate the layers and the seed will drop out.

17 May, 2009


Thanks. :o)

And, I'm assuming Autumn is the best time to sew them?

17 May, 2009


yes it is. easest thing is to scatter them where you want them to flower next year. they have a very large disticnt seedling so easy to spot.

17 May, 2009


Ah, well that answers another question I've been pondering over, SBG.

When the plants and the weeds start to grow in spring, how on earth do you recognise which is which? That's the main reason I don't 'do' seeds. I was planning on putting these in pots until I know they're big enough to go in the soil and be recognised, lol.

17 May, 2009

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