Bears Breeches

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  1. sami

    sami Apprentice Gardener

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    Hi. I have a couple of seeds taken from a Bears Breeches plant. Daft question I know, but can I grow a plant from them and if so what would be the best way to do it? I'd be grateful for any replies!
     
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    Hello Sami. I grew Bears Breeches from seed a couple of years ago.
    I bought the seed. It was expensive and only had about 6 seeds in the packet so it's definitely worth trying from the seed you have.
    As far as I remember I planted the seeds individually in 3" pots and didn't do anything special with them - just the usual room temp and keep just damp.
    Germination was quite easy - about 4 of them appeared.
    I think they were quite slow to grow on, but they did and I moved them up to bigger sized pots to grow on before planting out.
    Once planted out they got on fine making very large plants with huge flower spikes which lasted all summer and they came back every year.
    I hope you are successful as they are super plants.
    Before you plant them out make sure the spot you have chosen is where you really want them as I think they would be impossible to move once established as they do huge roots.
    Good luck.
     
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    Yes Sami - I would go with what Alice says. I have grown them from seed and they were pretty easy.

    You can also grow them from root cuttings. What this means is that if you dig one up and leave a bit of root in the soil, a new plant will grow from the root. So just be a bit careful where you plant them as they can be difficult to remove.
     
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    I agree! Give sowing the seeds a go. I've got one and they're such a great plant if you can site them where they're happy.
     
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    We had a good size plant in the last garden which was very liberal in seeding
    itself without any help from me. Only problem I found was trying to stop the seeding as they quickly develop a large 'tap root' and as Alice says they are vey difficult to remove once established.
     
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    Wonderful plants that grow well from seed - seem to grow in the most odd places too so very useful as they spread quickly. :)
     
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    I have always wanted Bears Breeches and recently acquired a clump from a neighbour.
    I just planted it in the dust and am hoping for a large clump…..eventually.

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