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30 March 2010 14:38:14


I wonder does anyone have experience of sowing Cerinthe major purpurescens?

I sowed these seeds for the first time this year and they shot up. They took me quite by surprise and I do need to pot them on but one thing has stopped me...

Although I am quite positive that I sowed only one seed per cell, as you can see from the photo, it looks like two seeds have been sown in exactly the same place in each cell. It looks like two plants are growing in almost all cells, from exactly the same spot.

Or, perhaps this plant grow like this? Perhaps this plant sends up two stalks right from the beginning?

Obviously I need to know whether or not I can separate these two stalks when potting on. Has anyone any knowledge of this? Thanks.

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Krista Krista 30 March 2010 14:49:18

Maybe it's multigerm like most of the beetroot. Seed could be a cluster of seeds really. Haven't grown it myself though

Myrtle Myrtle 30 March 2010 14:55:17

Just take out one cell and examine it.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 30 March 2010 15:04:05

I wouldnt do anything rash. Just be patient. Maybe one of each will die off.

wayne wayne 30 March 2010 16:07:22

Hi Rachel I just looked up this plant. The single seed sometimes sprouts one or more separate seedlings which is a nice bonus. They are an attractive plant.

Lìga Lìga 30 March 2010 16:14:24

But that great:))I don't know why but i find it,,look at end ,before pictures:


fraoch fraoch 30 March 2010 17:34:27

I did it a few years ago but have forgotten the details! It has self sowed since but not hugely.

Rachel Rachel 30 March 2010 17:37:03

Thanks everyone but especially Wayne and Liga for providing the solution. I will pot them on this evening. Wayne, you can have a plant, if you want, as a thank you : )

MartinB MartinB 30 March 2010 18:51:43

HI Rachel, this plant hates being in a pot, it prefers to be sown in very poor well drained soil.

Russell Russell 30 March 2010 18:59:19

i have this plant, thought it was meant to be tender but its survived this winter outside and looks happy, self seeds a little but doesnt act like a weed

Rachel Rachel 30 March 2010 20:46:58

Martin, I found that out to my detriment last year. Head Gardener gave me and LindaB a plant each  in spring. Linda immediately planted hers out but I cosseted mine in the greenhouse. It died and so did all of Bill's as I believe he was doing the same thing. But Linda's went from strength to strength. So, I will get them in the ground this year asap. Thanks for the tip.

Russ, I am hoping for self seeding too. I love plants that self seed : )

wayne wayne 30 March 2010 23:28:01

I wont refuse Rachel if you have one to spare. Thank you.


LindaB LindaB 31 March 2010 10:43:26

Hi Rachel, I just sowed mine at the weekend, yes as soon as you can plant it out I would but make sure you give it plenty of space outside as it grows very  very big. 


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