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09/03/2014 at 17:24

Just curious about possible trying to grow this plant. Does it self sow and can I direct sow into the garden, Also if I start them indoors when is the best time. Thanks

09/03/2014 at 17:30

I grow N. sylvestris, affinis and langsdorffiana (spelling?). I shall be sowing any time now. I've never had self sowing but I do get over-wintering by N. sylvestris.

I sow in pots in the cold GH

09/03/2014 at 17:33

They're half hardy annuals, so sow indoors, most are hybrids so they won't come true if you save the seed, I'd treat them as annuals really, good for one season, but after that buy new seed. Go to one of the seed supplier websites and look them up, there are full instructions on sowing there. They're usually on the packet as well.

09/03/2014 at 17:33

Thanks nutcutlet I have a mini greenhouse or cold frame outside if I sow in pots in this will that be fine?

09/03/2014 at 17:41

That's fine. Dave's right about the nicotiana sold as bedding plants. Sylvestris is perennial and hardier.  All mine are species and seed true.

09/03/2014 at 18:12

Hi Cairnsie, we live in the same area. I tried N. Sylvestris a few years ago it was easy to grow got very tall six feet I think but never flowered and I lost it over the winter. I have grown the annual ones but the scent wasn't as good as I was expecting I think they are now bred for showier flowers. Have a look at Chilterns seeds on line they sell a huge range of seeds. The catalogue is a bedside read for me....very sad. 

09/03/2014 at 18:14

I'd rate affinis above sylvestris. Not so tall and flowers sooner. Fantastic evening scent

09/03/2014 at 18:16

Recently sowed seeds I saved from Nicotiana perfume mixed that I grew last year. It was scented in the evenings. I chose pale lilac and purple and kept them separate. I wonder if they will come true, lots have come up, used an electric propagator.

09/03/2014 at 18:18

Thanks Nut you've got me looking at N. affinis. That's just after having a great afternoon gardening and realising already I'm short of space with plants clambering for a home.

09/03/2014 at 19:05

Thanks everyone I was looking at n.affinis as its a tad shorter and flowers sooner ill have ago and see how they turn out.

09/03/2014 at 19:46

Good choice cairnsie

09/03/2014 at 21:43

Handy advice here. I just bought some Nicotiana Affinis seeds online, recommended by you Nutcutlet on another thread. I was thinking about whether to sow them outside after that last frost or inside, but after reading this I think I'll use a coldframe. I got a plastic small tunnel one as a present.

09/03/2014 at 21:51

Good idea Jack. The seedlings are tiny and easily swamped in the garden. Sow them  thinly or they're tricky to prick out.

09/03/2014 at 22:03

Ah thanks. The only amount the seller sold was 3200, does that seem like a lot? They were only 99p and 49p postage.

09/03/2014 at 22:06

You can sow what you need and sent the rest to gardening jeannie for the flooded gardens effort.

Where did you get them? that's a lot of seed for not much money


09/03/2014 at 22:12

Ah yes, good idea! Got them from ebay, the seller's give a good description of how they source and what they do etc. I don't know whether I'm allowed to say the sellers name?

09/03/2014 at 22:15

I think so Jack, other companies get mentioned, for and against.

I don't need any Nicotiana, I saved last year's, but wondered what else he/she had

09/03/2014 at 22:20

premier_seeds_direct. Don't know whether the underscores matter, Read the little write up about themselves on each of their listings. You can buy seeds and only pay one postage, and buy six or more and pay no postage.

09/03/2014 at 22:44

Thanks Jack. I see they've got plant labels in 1000s and 2000s.  That's useful. I get through a lot of those

09/03/2014 at 22:48

No worries.

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