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There's nothing you can take for gardening addiction, you just have to live with it.
I'd give the sweetpeas a bit longer, I have found with sweetpeas if the conditions are right they will mostly germinate. Not grown the others This is my first year of growing veg.
Growing from seed is brilliant
I should think the dahlias will germinate Red, might not be quite as the parent plant. Might be better.
have you got any way to check the soil temperature? Seems many seeds like 15-20 degrees. I found that having them in the greenhouse they just sat there but in the warmth of my heated propagator i could get action in 24-48 hours. my box is a bit rough it gets a sheet of plastic on it from the evening to the morning usually the soil temp is around 20 degrees and in the day the plastic comes off and is slightly cooler but gets the light to the seedlings which are through.
I've just switched to having my pots standing in a little water which is drawn up through the compost the seeds seem to like that. My chilli plants seem to have responded. cling film or a plastic cover increases humidity and that can help too.
You don't need to be fancy when it comes to heating pots I started with two blocks of wood a sheet of glass for the trays to sit on and a lamp on it's side underneath with a 11watt cfl bulb. Just enough heat to warm the soil. Even a cfl bulb is giving off 80% heat. Even a card board box providing the low energy bulb isnt touching it could be enough to hold a pot. A seed tray might be ok to be suspended above a bulb.
http://www.extension.umn.edu/distribution/horticulture/dg1115.html says 70 -80 F thats 21 -26 degrees C and 7 - 21 days. Also recommends plastic to cover the pot. It is likely your dahlia seed is too cold to germinate, on the positive side if you can get the heat up enough then it probably will be very fast. Hope this helps. On the top at the back of a fridge is a recommended place.
As long as you can get the soil temperature and not the air temperature, they can be quite different. Dahlia's from what I have read hail from mexico which probably explains their liking for heat. There is a lot that germinates at 15 -20 so you should do well with many seeds but i'm thinking you need a bit more for the Dahlia to be comfy.
I just love the word "furtle"!
I sowed sweet pea seeds in Feb - all have been in the same conditions - about half came up in a fortnight but the others are still appearing one by one now.
My sweet peas were sown at end of March too RD but they had a bit of help from the radiator under the window sill they were on so only took about a week. They'll be fine I'm sure as they will just take a little longer if they've had less heat. Haven't grown any of the others but I'm sure blackest knows what he's talking about! I mostly have lettuce and basil on the go and a few sunflowers etc and they're all fine with this method. The tomatoes I've sown have come on fine which I'm really pleased about. Need one of those little greenhouses too!
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Love furtle too!!! Soil temp is 13 this morning. Will throw some cling film over before I leave for work! I soooo want them to come.
RD up here we use a special spoon for porridge called a spurtle. I wonder if you can 'furtle with a spurtle'....
i have a sopt above the radiator in the kichen which gets really warm and I usually put pots and trays there until they germinate and then put them on the conservatory windowsill (now that I no longer have a greenhouse.) Still haven't put up the cheap plastic one, though I've had bubble wrap at the ready to insulate it further.
RD-have you been on the glue sniffing?? Take it you mean Skimmias... Or were they manky ones???
Yes RD- out more!!
But you'd only do the same as me and go to a GC!!
Verd-compost in the toaster...tut tut....as if