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run to seed

To look shabby, unhealthy, or 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.
Cultivars to search out include Tarzan, ideal for early and late sowings, French Breakfast, with its long root, Scarlet Globe and Cherry Belle with their round roots, Viola, with its purple skin and pure white flesh, Zlata with its yellow skin and Munchen Bier, with its large roots and, if it is allowed to run to seed, a harvest of edible spicy seed pods.
Don't let them run to seed or the plant takes that as an indicator that flowering is over and will stop producing more blooms.
Skyrocket is also worth trying, as it has much of the heat of the wild form, but is higher yielding and slower to run to seed.
Another common sorrel is 'Profusion,' an unusual patented variety that mutated naturally in France to produce plants that never run to seed, always have fresh, ready-to-pick leaves, and have no known natural enemies aside from deer, rabbits, chickens and goats.
Make another sowing of spring cabbage as these plants are far less likely to run to seed than sowings made last month.
They also quickly run to seed, known as bolting, if plants get too dry or overcrowded.
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.
Due to the lettuce's wild origins in poor, rocky and thin soils, it germinates and grows best in cooler climates and does not like very hot, dry conditions in which it tends to run to seed (bolting) very quickly.
Annuals like parsley also need harvesting before they run to seed.
Late the following spring, the plants bolt and run to seed.
Allow annuals such as sunflowers, herbaceous plants such as coneflowers to run to seed.
Unless regularly dead-headed and watered, annuals will run to seed even more quickly than they naturally do.