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28/01/2013 at 14:12

thanks for the replys, i will get them outside. yes i was planning to pot those into the blue pots. they were on offer at dobbies £2.50 for the pots.

sotongeoff the seedlings are ok, i had 4 out of 24 germinate so far, 1 failed and the rest are ok. very small as you can see in the pic. Anything i can do to speed them up?



28/01/2013 at 14:13

Aaw, reminds me of my little babies! But, they will stay tiny for ages, until it warms up.

28/01/2013 at 14:19

Honestly I think you have made a fundamental mistake by sowing each seed individually- there is a lot of compost surrounding each seedling which is not good-but I understand why you did it

You would have done better to sow them all in a pot and then prick out when bigger

There is not much you can do to speed them up I'm afraid just patience-but don't get down-hearted-we all learnt by making loads of mistakes

28/01/2013 at 14:19

wish i'd done mine in september too but im all new to this gardening since i got my first house so i just went by what the label said. I'll be placing the pots outside the front of my house as that is south and my rear garden is north. any tips on how to prevent any thieves stealing my pots? hopefully that wouldnt happen but you can never be too careful.

28/01/2013 at 14:21

cheers, slightyly off topic but i just bought some petunia seeds, would i be best sprinkling a few in each cellinsert like that then too?



28/01/2013 at 14:22

i just reread that would i be sprinkling a few petunia seeds in a small pot? i have been watching some videos onh youtube but they contradict what i have read elsewhere.

28/01/2013 at 14:24

Here is a bit of a time scale on my daughters website David, but as you can see, it hasn't been updated lately. But these are the ones I said are now your size.

I'm not sure how you can stop theives though.


28/01/2013 at 14:27

First the pots-not much you can do other than chain them down -or electrify them

Now the petunias-sprinkle a few seeds across the surface -you will still need to prick them out when they are big enough

28/01/2013 at 14:34

insomnia did you get any strawbs off your shop bought one?thanks for all the replies i better get started on planting my pots and sowing my seeds then

28/01/2013 at 14:51

Yep! And they were lovely!These were took August last year.


28/01/2013 at 16:08

that bottom one looks real nice. im on holiday abroad in the first two weeks of august so i hope i dont miss all the fruits

28/01/2013 at 20:26

Worried the pots will be stolen, try super gluing drawing pins to the underside of the rim on the pot, most effective, I've only ever lost one pot, when the thief came back for the second time they got a nasty shock and probably had sore fingers for weeks. 

29/01/2013 at 10:04

thats something to consider, all be it with all the blame culture these days you'd probably get sued by the thief . with my strawberry plants when should i switch them to bigger pots and feed them etc?


29/01/2013 at 10:12

At the point where you can see the roots coming through the bottom of the pot-so leave it for a few weeks

But get them outside in readiness if not already done so.

A regards feeding -do not go over board-use a high potash feed like tomato food to promote flowering and fruiting rather than leaf growth-but not yet

29/01/2013 at 10:15

thanks there outside now in a sheltered posistion now. Im now thinking of putting them into a hanging basket. are there any pros cons to this?

29/01/2013 at 10:25

The watering is the main thing -probably at least one a day-at least they will be away from the slugs-hopefully

31/01/2013 at 21:13

typical, i have had only 3 germinate out of 24 cells until today. a fourth has arrived, but not in one of the empty ones. no it arrived in one already occupied litterally right next to it. im sure it is another one rather than the same seedling. what do i do, let them fight it out or can both be saved?


31/01/2013 at 21:16

Just leave it- when they are big enough seperate them -do it now and you will lose both of them

31/01/2013 at 21:18

cheers, is it a tricky procedure?

31/01/2013 at 21:22

No but wait until they have a good set of leaves but not so big as the roots are all tangled_- then gently tease apart- this will be weeks away yet

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