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12/01/2014 at 15:16

Hi

Just sowed my first lot of antirrhinum, the pack said sow between Jan - March. Seeds were really fine, I used a mini prop from last years plug plants. I thought I'll use an artist paint brush to pick up the seeds and drop on the cell. Not if they hit the soil or not. In the end I was just tapping the seed package over the cells. Not sure how many will germinate. I have another packet on stand by.

Lyn
12/01/2014 at 21:16

Have you saved some seeds, it may be a bit early, i will sow mine 2nd week in March. You cant plant out till after frost have gone and last year that was nealy June.

By then they could become leggy, keep pinching out to create a 

bushy plant if they do germinate.

 

13/01/2014 at 09:40

Thanks Lyn, The packet said end of January. They have a big window in the spare bedroom. Are they slow growers? I tend to sow a bit early up here in Aberdeen. I normally do the rest of my HHA end of Feb beginning of March then start harden off beginning of May. First time for me snapdragons, so interested to see how the seeds will cope up here.

13/01/2014 at 09:52

I fear Lyn is right about the early sowing. They're likely to get too leggy to support themselves on a windowsill. Protected like that you won't be able to put them out til all frosts are over and that's a lot of time growing.

 

Lyn
13/01/2014 at 10:45
Mark 1963 wrote (see)

Thanks Lyn, The packet said end of January. They have a big window in the spare bedroom. Are they slow growers? I tend to sow a bit early up here in Aberdeen. I normally do the rest of my HHA end of Feb beginning of March then start harden off beginning of May. First time for me snapdragons, so interested to see how the seeds will cope up here.

They are not slow growers, I know someone who lives in Scotland and she doesnt sow anything till the end of March and well into April..some people who are new to gardening are so eager to get started, but there is no advantage whatsoever in starting in Jan

 

13/01/2014 at 12:20

Oh well, Thanks Nutcutlet and Lyn. I'll know next time. So why did the seed company put on the packet, sow between January to March, surely it would have been better advice to say sow in March?

13/01/2014 at 13:43

In a heated greenhouse  grown on as bedding plant producers do, you'd be OK

13/01/2014 at 14:06

Oh right! I understand now, thanks again nutcutlet

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