Saving Bulbs At End Of Blooming Season - Dame Rocket - Knowledgebase Question

Ocean City, NJ
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Question by EK37
June 11, 2000
Can I cut the plants, as you would gladiolas, when they are done blooming? If not, how long can I wait?

Answer from NGA
June 11, 2000
Dames Rocket (Hesperis matronalis) is a biennial, meaning it grows for a year, lives through a winter, blooms in the spring, sets seed and then dies. The resulting seedlings will grow for a year and repeat the pattern. In this way you would have a patch of these in the garden. If you wish to grow a patch of these, be sure to allow the flowers time to fade on the plants and allow the seeds time to develop fully and fall to the ground before you cut back the plants.

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