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Jodie24-Feb-03 07:48 PM EST 2b   
Susan25-Feb-03 08:30 AM EST 6a   
Jodie25-Feb-03 07:51 PM EST 2b   
Susan25-Feb-03 08:14 PM EST 6a   


Subject: Lamium seeds?
From: Jodie
Zone: 2b
Date: 24-Feb-03 07:48 PM EST

I have a large shady flowerbed and I have grown the silver lamium and it did very well. I bought 4 plants from a green house but now I would like to add chequers lamium (purple flowers). The area is a lot larger then where the silve lamium is and so I was wondering if I could start it by seed instead of buying plants, saving me lots of money. Does anyone know if this is possible, and if so when do I start the seeds and where do I get them. Thanks alot!


Subject: RE: Lamium seeds?
From: Susan
Zone: 6a
Date: 25-Feb-03 08:30 AM EST

I doubt that you'll find seeds for it. Lamiums are propagated by cuttings. Even very small cuttings root easily and quickly and grow fast. If you already have 4 plants, take lots of cuttings in the spring and root them in potting soil. With or without rooting powder, they should put down roots fast. It shouldn't take long before you have enpough to cover a larger area....


Subject: RE: Lamium seeds?
From: Jodie
Zone: 2b
Date: 25-Feb-03 07:51 PM EST

Thank you so much. So if I buy only a couple of the chequer lamium variety and just plant the cuttings then I should do alright? Thanks alot for the advice.


Subject: RE: Lamium seeds?
From: Susan
Zone: 6a
Date: 25-Feb-03 08:14 PM EST

I assume the lamiums you already have are not the Chequers ones? If they are, in one year they should have spread enough to give you plenty of cuttings. If you have to buy them this year, buy the biggest pots you can find with the most vigorous-looking plants and take as many cuttings from them as you can. They usually root and start growing strongly within a few weeks. I'd start the cuttings in pots in good potting mix rather than planting cuttings straight into the ground, to ensure you're sucessful - easier to keep them properly watered... Once they've started putting out new growth in the pots, transplant them into the garden. Using the MYKE stuff might be a good idea as it sure seems to help things develop a big root system fast! Good luck.


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