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09/06/2012 at 17:24

I sowed some cornflower seeds in a pot a few weeks ago, These are the seedlings, are they cornflowers ? I thought that they would be taller?

09/06/2012 at 17:29

Have you attached a picture?  No matter, seedlings start off very small and grow bigger.  Cornflower seedlings are little light green ferny things.

09/06/2012 at 17:35



09/06/2012 at 17:42

These are not Cornflowers. Annual Cornflower has a slim silvery green leaf. Perennial Cornflower has a wider leaf.

09/06/2012 at 17:43

look like weeds to me sorry! the leave are long and slim on cornflowers.

09/06/2012 at 17:47

See I think I have a poppy in the middle of the pot or is that a weed too?


09/06/2012 at 17:57

That looks like a poppy - the rest look like a mixture of Scarlet Pimpernel and Chickweed - common wild flowers/weeds on newly cultivated land

Chickweed can be used as a salad leaf.

09/06/2012 at 18:10

Thanks I can see from your link it is chickweed, will my cornflowers appear soon?

09/06/2012 at 19:56

Hard to tell what's going to happen because when you remove the chickweed and scarlet pimpernel it'll be hard to avoid uprooting any little cornflower seedlings.

Do I take it that the soil/compost had been in the pot since last year and was being re-used, so that the weed seeds had got in there from last year?  Unfortunately that's a false economy - it would have been better if you'd put at least a few centimetres of fresh compost in the top of the pot before sowing your seeds, so that they didn't have to compete with weed seeds 

09/06/2012 at 20:01

Thanks for the advice I will remember that next year.

10/06/2012 at 06:07

But if you take those weeds out and leave the poppy, with a little tlc it'll probably grow big enough to fill that pot !  You could still have a glorious display 

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