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Echium seedlings

I wonder if there is anyone out there that would be willing to swap a few for a fern from my collection. I have admired this plant for a number of years . Ray.

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  1. Grower


    FYI I've tried 3 types of echium Ray and not had any luck with them yet, or at least not as far as keeping them alive!
    - echium pinanana I grew from seed for 2 years (on 2 different occasions) then this year the remaining one also stopped growing and died off, just when I thought I was in luck for it to be on course for it's growth spurt and first and final flowering before they die off anyway
    - echium candicans I grew 2 in pots and overwintered them successfully for a few years, but neither made it through this last winter. They are known to be shortlived though, so perhaps I didn't do too badly.
    - echium vulgare, (an annual) I've a few seeds of these if you're interested, though haven't sown any myself yet.
    Not sure which type you want. but there are others too.
    Good luck!

  2. Grower


    Hello. Linda.Thank you for your quick response.I have looked at this plant for years and thought that I would really like to grow this impressive specimen. Its always the way you start to look at a plant and then find it has dozens of relatives. The one I'd like is the one you mentioned echium Vulgare which I believe is the that very tall and impressive beauty. I wouldn't say no to a few seeds and a little advice as to how to start them . I do not have a greenhouse ,but I do have a shed that I would protect then over the winter. I think that the front of my house may just be the ticket as it gets the rain and had a sandy texture and is normally quite dry ,so I thought this may be the ideal spot. What do think. Ray

  3. Grower


    Sounds like a good spot Ray, as long as it gets the sun too - well drained soil is ideal. I've checked my seeds and they are echium 'Blue Bedder' which are a bit shorter than some, growing to 45cm (18"), however they will probably be worth a try, either sowing late summer and overwintering the seedlings, or sowing next spring. I'll try a few too and see how we get on. Hopefully we'll get a few going for you one way or another.
    I'll message you for your address and send a few seeds on to you.

  4. Grower


    Thank you, Linda.Well, nothing ventured nothing gained especially in the garden. I will try your seeds and keep them in the shed and start them in the spring . I'll look out a nice fern for you and deliver it when I am up your direction.

  5. Grower

    The GPS Team

    Hi Ray/Linda - did you see this post from last year about Echiums Hot news - the giant Echiums are back. Thought it might be of interest ... and worth connecting with some of these growers.

  6. Grower


    Thanks Jeremy, echium certainly spark a lot of interest.

  7. Grower


    The Seeds have Landed. Dropped through the letter box about ten minutes ago,the letter must have gone to a neighbour. Have read the details you sent and thought I would plant up some at the end of August and save the rest for the spring. I will let you know how they progress . I got the impression that you live up Somerset way and would drop you off a fern on my way to Bristol or the Midlands but I noticed on the note that you reside way up in York. I will have to think of another method of delivery,leave it with me as I see it as a challenge.

  8. Grower


    Glad you got the seeds eventually Ray - hope I had used the correct address? Don't know if you saw the BBC RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower show coverage last week? Episode 3 had a feature on echium 15 mins into the program.

  9. Grower


    Hello, Linda . no, I did not get the chance to watch the show I think I was working that evening,but I will try and catch it on BBC iplayer . Have not been on the laptop for a few days as much to do in the garden and by the time I am finished, well ,tired. Cheers Ray.

  10. Grower


    Hi there. Just joined the site and noticed your echium post. We are in Nottinghamshire and are on clay soil and have had no difficulty growing E. pininana and keeping them successfully enough that they self seeded all over the front garden. We wrap the plants in fleece over the winter. We are on a hill so very, very windy and keeping them wrapped up is a job in itself. We treat our echiums like biennials and on a three year cycle. So year three means RIP pretty much so we will be saying adieu to the 8 footers this year. Our neighbour who is eager to get our spare seedlings brings the plants into her conservatory in the winter. Not quite practical considering the size some of the plants get! The tallest plant we've had was 17 foot 3 a few years ago so we must be doing something right. Just persevere and grow from seed as its much cheaper. Plants of Distinction have a 40% off seed sale at the moment and they have three forms - E. pininana White Tower, E. pininana Tower of Jewels and E. Russicum. Good luck in the growing!

  11. Grower

    Rob Johnson, Green & Furry pet and garden care

    Echiums are easy if you give the seeds a well drained gritty start. Some of the new plant world hybrids are differant. But a nice hardy red one is russicum, which ironically I have never had any luck with from seed, but picked one up locally recently. Echium boisierii is a large biennial or monocarp that can grow to 8 ft. It is hardier then pininana and the likes, but, as it grows is Spanish olive groves where it comes from,,does not appreciate excess winter wet, it is a very pleasing mauve, which goes well with its silvery foliage.

  12. Grower

    Rob Johnson, Green & Furry pet and garden care

    Red Rocket is a new one, looks like a show stopper. It is bred back with wildprettii, and doesn't seem to like too much moisture, but is going to be hardier then pininana, hopefully

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