Has anyone grown Aruncus Dioicus?

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    Hi all, whilst browsing the web I have come across the above plant also called Goats beard. I think its lovely and I may have an ideal spot for one however when I've looked into growing from seeds they seem a little difficult and quite erratic. I'm happy to buy a plant but would like to give the seeds a go. I have a greenhouse (unheated) but in sun most of the day. Any advice would be appreciated.
    Thanks in advance :blue thumb:
     
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    I haven't grown one from seed before but I did buy one for my mum last year . They are very large plants the flowers are taller than me, they don't flower for long few weeks . Ideal for a damp /wet site in afternoon shade.

    Depending on how many plants you want I find it easier to buy one plant and divide it , if you want lots of plants seed is the way to go . Think I bought the aruncus from secret garden club ( none in stock at the moment ) but they are not hard to come by.
     
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      Thanks @Perki :love30:
      I think 1 plant would be enough being large. (For now ha) I have had a look online at the trusty sites I usually buy from and all out of stock. I'll keep my eyes peeled. Is your mum happy with hers?
       
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      I don't know I just bought and haven't plant it yet I am always going round with plants . One of my clients has a large one though, it thrives under a silver birch tree . I did get a seed head off it when I cut it back this spring but I've missed placed it so didn't get chance to try from seed.
       
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        Sounds good.
        Your mums a lucky lady :)
        I'm definitely going to give it a go. They look lovely when in flower. The area I have in mind might be a little dry but I can sort that out before planting.
        Thanks.
         
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          Never tried dioicus from seed, but the dwarf Aruncus, A aesthusifolia, seeds itself around for us.
           
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            We have it. It's also known as Aruncus sylvestris (easier to pronounce :heehee:). We have had it in our garden for over 20 years. Never grown any from seed but they split easily and we have transplanted from those.

            The plant looks excellent when in bloom and the leaves are fairly attractive. The only downside is that in the summer the leaves can get eaten by bugs. It usually flowers for the whole of June.

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              It's beautiful @shiney. That's definitely what I'm looking for. I think I'm best buying the plant rather than trying from seed. I'm going on the hunt (virtually) today :heehee:
               
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