Five tips for suc­cess with self-seed­ers

Amateur Gardening - - Your Gardening Solutions -

Re­search self-seed­ing plants be­fore com­mit­ting to them. Will they be easy to pull up and re­move?

If self-seed­ers are deep rooted and hard to re­move from the gar­den, cut off the flow­ers be­fore they have the chance to set seed.

For those peo­ple who have steep banks and in­ac­ces­si­ble ar­eas of their gar­den where soil can’t be turned eas­ily, self-seed­ers could be the an­swer. Some will grow in the most in­hos­pitable places.

Edit out self-seed­ers that are tak­ing over – the ideal time to do this is in early spring. Learn to iden­tify their seedlings so you can lift them when they’re small.

Many self-seed­ers are vig­or­ous in some gar­dens and not in oth­ers – ask a neigh­bour if they have trou­ble with a plant be­fore grow­ing it.

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