Teasel

Teasel (Dipsacus fullonum)

Teasel Johnsons
Hardy Biennial

Tall, elegant plant. Provides pollen and nectar for insects, seed heads for birds and stem clasping leaves collect crucial pools of drinking water.

Seeds from Johnsons

Sow indoors

Sow outdoors

Plant out

Flowers

J F M A M J J A S O N D
                       
                       

Wildflower

1.5m

Bushy

Sow thinly in trays of and then cover with a fine layer of compost. Firm gently and keep mosit at approx 15-20°C. If germination is erratic, place in a refridgerator for 2-3 weeks then return to the warmth. Repeat sow annually for flowers in successive years. When large enough to handle, transplant to 7.5cm pots. Gradually acclimiatise to outside conditions. Transplant to 45cm apart in September to October.

Do not deadhead. Allow birds to feed from the seed heads in Autumn.


I may have messed up with this sowing. I put them outside to stratify them without reading the instructions too well. I think I need to bring them inside now to warm them up. They won’t be going into the ground until autumn but I’m looking forward to seeing them (if they grow).

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