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Cleome (Cleome hassleriana)

Fast growing bushy annual. Half hardy. Has hairy spiny stems and mid green leaves. Pink Tinged white flowers develop in large rounded heads with long protruding stamens

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Hi Maple have tried growing cleome but think I started them too late have you grown them ? If so when did you sow the seeds.

29 Jul, 2007


I tried cleomes from seed this year for the first time. Planted April in greenhouse, only 3 germinated and have just begun to flower, They are purplish, and the packet said 'mixed colours'. Oh well, try again next year!

29 Jul, 2007


Hi Dibber and spritzhenry . They are beautiful plants and just keep flowering but I have to hold my hands up here and be honest - I bought the plants ready to go!! I don't have space for a greenhouse but do have a small cold frame. Maybe I'll try cleome next year and let you know how it goes.

10 Aug, 2007


Hi all...I have success with the cleome that I have ...I let them go to seed and the seed overwinters...(We have serious winters here, lol.) I bought plants the first year, and I've had cleome every year since...they are annuals but I did not plant them... they come up in mat's if I don't disturb the soil in last years beds. I just take a clump and separate them, put them where I want them in the bed and let them do their thing. They grow 3 to 5 feet tall will ooodles of seeds. they aren't picky about soil, but like any other annual, give them the good stuff and they really come along. Keep trying, they're worth it. Also, if they don't germinate well the seeds may benefit from a short stay in the refrigerator. (vernalization)

12 Mar, 2008

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