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09/08/2013 at 19:07

Anyone do any winter sowing, anything I can start off early. I have cuttings to try and take through. Just hoped I could discover some seed to sow through winter. I have lupin, green wizard, echinacea, scabiousa. 

 

Anyone got other ideas and hints and tips. Lets get busy!!

09/08/2013 at 19:19

Many hardy perennials either require or will germinate better after cold stratification (the technical term for sowing and leaving over winter.)  The best bet is to sow half of your seeds in late autumn and the other half in spring, that way you're covered if any of the over-wintered ones fail.  A cold frame or unheated greenhouse is ideal as too much wet will often "do them in" if left in the open. 

09/08/2013 at 19:51

I have a plastic greenhouse, one of those pop up type, 4ft x3. Ish would that keep thinguh through winter or just too thin??

09/08/2013 at 21:00

Keen to try this by sowing and leaving in trays in a cold frame. I want to try nicotiniana and echinacea.. Do I have to keep watering them throughout winter or just leave alone?

09/08/2013 at 21:08

are we talking about over winter sowing and chilling of hardy plants, or early sowing in warmth to get an early start?

I have great experience of the first and none at all of the second

09/08/2013 at 21:14

Keeping the worst of the rain off of them is the main thing rather than protecting them from the cold.  However, if they germinate before the winter, things get tricky and they would need something like your plastic greenhouse, Red Dahlia.

Gill, you water once when sowing them and only need to keep the compost slightly damp after that.

Have a read about cold stratification here:

http://www.treeshrubseeds.com/treatingseed.htm

 

 

09/08/2013 at 22:23

Anyone started lupins now? Do you spread in a seed tray or modules??

09/08/2013 at 22:34

Thank you Bob. That is very interesting and I will try soon. 

09/08/2013 at 23:26

If sowing seed now. What's the opinion sow on compost and cover with.... Compost? Grit? Vermiculite? Perlite? Nothing?

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