What's your question? Ask

Echium Plants

Q.Will echium regenerate in forest bark mulch’s?

Zone Horsham, West Sussex | David Lampard added on January 22, 2019 | Answered

I have a small echium developing in my garden and a looking forward to many others in years to come. It is surrounded by forest bark mulch. Will this have a a negative effect on future seeds germinating?

A.Answers to this queston: Add Answer
Answered on January 22, 2019

They are self fertile so will always produce viable seed. Once the flowers have faded, you can either leave the (brown) flower spike where it is or cut it down and shake the seeds (one in each ex-flower, the size of a pin head) around the garden. The seeds seem to remain viable for many years and might germinate anytime from the same year they flowered to 15 years hence. If you like them, you'll need to get to recognize the seedlings so as not to weed them but to leave them.

The mulch should not be an issue. If they are growing, do not disturb!

Was this answer useful?

Log in or sign up to help answer this question.

Did you find this helpful? Share it with your friends!

You must be logged into your account to answer a question.

If you don't have an account sign up for an account now.

Looking for more?
here are more questions about...
Echium Plants
Join Us - Sign up to get all the latest gardening tips!

Do you know a lot about gardening?
Become a GKH Gardening Expert