Is it too late to sow cleome seeds in zone 5 to get blooms this summer?
Although these plants are generally sown 4-6 weeks indoors prior to transplanting out in spring, you can go ahead and sow them directly in the garden now and hopefully you will still get to see some blooms this summer.
Is it too late to plant cleome seeds in late June?
While planting them a month or so ago may have been better, you can still sow your cleome seeds now. I would sow them directly in the garden. Cooler weather prevents them from germinating, so at least the warmer June temps should help them along. Just keep the area moist. Here is more information on growing these plants: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/cleome/growing-cleomes.htm
I bought a flowering Cleome in a pot and the ticket clearly said it was a perennial. On looking it up here, it seems that it is an annual. Can you enlighten me? Thank you, Eden Dietrich
Cleomes are considered a tender perennial.
They are hardy to zones 4-11 and will reseed in zones 8-11.
Many people grow them as an annual.
Sorry if I have come to the wrong place for this query, but I am new to this site. Can anybody identify this plant for me please?
Appears to be a Cleome flower.
Hello I live in France and I have been given these plants by my French neighbour. Can you tell me please the name of them I asked him what they were but he didn't know and although I have posted photographs on Facebook asking if anyone can help it would seem nobody knows what they are - Can you help? Thank you
That is cleome, also known as spider flower. It is a wonderful self seeder.
Here is more info:
cleome is a great cut flower, but watch out for thorniness and sticky foliage. The may also have a musky odor.
because the flower stems are very long, can I plant them deeper in the soil? You can do this with tomatoes, I'm curious if I can do this with the cleomes I purchased?
This will not work with Cleomes. You can stake the plants to ensure they stay upright.
Should I take the seed pods for next season and cut the cleome I have down or just leave as is? Thank you
If the seed pods are ripe (yellow) harvest seed or allow the plant to release the seed. Handle the pods carefully as they explode when ripe, flinging the seed several feet away. It will self-sow but plants don't always come up where you want them. The plant itself will not survive winter in Mass. If you have a hybrid Cleome, the seeds do not reliably produce the same colors as the parent plant. After several generations/years of self-sowing, all the flowers may end up the standard pinkish-white color. I would cut the plant down to the ground and let the roots compost in the soil or pull the entire plant for the compost pile.