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run to seed

To look shabby, unhealthy, unattractive due to a lack of care or attention. Wow, Tim's really started running to seed ever since he had kids. The house has run to seed with those college kids living there.
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run to seed

Also, go to seed. Become devitalized or worn out; deteriorate, as in I went back to visit my old elementary school, and sadly, it has really run to seed, or The gold medalist quickly went to seed after he left competition. This term alludes to plants that, when allowed to set seed after flowering, either taste bitter, as in the case of lettuce, or do not send out new buds, as is true of annual flowers. Its figurative use dates from the first half of the 1800s.
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go/run to ˈseed

(informal) (of a person) become untidy or dirty because you no longer care about your appearance, etc: I was very surprised when I saw her. She has really run to seed in the last few months.This idiom refers to the fact that when the flower in a plant dies, seeds are produced.
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When it does eventually run to seed, the flowering shoots are also edible.
Parsley will come up again in the second year but it won't do as well and tends to run to seed early.
Water regularly and give a liquid feed every few weeks, removing yellowing leaves and replacing plants when they run to seed.
And if you can let some plants run to seed it will attract aphid-munching hoverflies.
Take them out when they start to run to seed in early spring, when it's time to plant spring bedding.
Q I have tried growing Chinese leaves, but before they form a solid head they run to seed.
Expert tip: Add them to flower beds and let them run to seed.
Unless regularly dead-headed and watered, annuals will run to seed even more quickly than they naturally do.
Its only problem is that it tends to run to seed very quickly.
Annuals such as parsley need harvesting before they run to seed.
The flat yellow flowerheads look pretty but if you let fennel run to seed, expect a mass of self-sown seedlings next year.
HOE out groundsel and chickweed seedlings as soon as they emerge in borders - if left to run to seed, you'll be dealing with the problem for the whole year.
These don't mature like other brassicas and then run to seed or burst but can stand through the winter.
Parsley is a biennial which will run to seed in its second year.