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16/01/2014 at 23:07

Hi folks,

is there any flowers I can sow in seed trays NOW in a growhouse, if so which are best? Or is it best to wait till spring?

17/01/2014 at 00:06

Hi Nick,

You can sow some flowers and many of our native wildflowers are good candidates as they need a period of cold to germinate.

Native wildflowers such as corn cockle will be ok sown now as will quite a few perennial plants.

These are a few that I have found worked quite well...

Corn Cockle

Californian Poppy

'Love in the mist'

Sweet William





That names just a few to try but there are a lot more and s stated above lots of our wildflowers..

Another way to know what might work is to think about all the little seedlings that come up around the garden in Spring and make you curse, any of these plants will probably be easy to propagate from winter sowing and can of course then be planted where you want them!



17/01/2014 at 09:02

and for the not necessarily wild flowers

astrantia, aquilegia, aconitum, eryngium

and many others in the ranunculaceae or apiaceae families

17/01/2014 at 20:44

Sweet pea is another if you use a bit of heat indoors them put them in your grow house.

17/01/2014 at 21:00

Oh I forgot Astrantia and it's one of my favorites!! Thanks nutcutlet.

17/01/2014 at 21:31
Higgy, those flowers you mention, can they be planted straight outside now? I want yo plant wildflowers at the front of my house and have a few packets. They were free so nothing to lose really if they don't work.

Also, cairnsie mentioned sweet peas, I presume from what you said that I can sow them now in the house and when my green house is ready it should have warmed up a bit and I can move them in there (end of March time).
17/01/2014 at 22:04

Sow the wildflowers Tracey, lots of them need to be cold before they germinate and the rest won't mind. Native wildflowers and their seeds belong outside in our climate


17/01/2014 at 22:12
Excellent, something to get started in tomorrow.....yippee.
17/01/2014 at 22:19

Go for it Tracey

17/01/2014 at 22:23

No the sweet peas will be hardy enough to go outside now mine are in a unheated mini greenhouse its just they wont germinate without a little heat if they put straight outside this time of year. As soon as they germinate I put them outside as they get leggy otherwise indoors.

18/01/2014 at 00:10

Tracey, just sow into seed trays and leave in a cold frame our corner of the garden and they will pop up towards next Spring for pricking out and planting on early summer (hopefully)

You can sow direct into the border but the problem you may have is that they will be competing with weed seedlings and it may be difficult to distinguish what's what. The tray gives you more 'control' in my humble opinion but others may say differently.

Most important thing is to enjoy and look forward to when you plant them out!



18/01/2014 at 11:01
Hi Higgy, next spring? As in spring 2015? I have to say I am not very patient and like things to grow quicker so I hope I've misunderstood and you mean this spring! I know patience is a virtue but I just like seeing results.
18/01/2014 at 11:09

Sow them Tracey, I'm sure that's what higgy meant. Some may have been better sown in autumn but they'll be fine. 

18/01/2014 at 12:18

Whats the best way to grow astrantia from seeds

18/01/2014 at 12:24

I sow mine in autumn but now should be OK.

In pots, top with grit, leave outside to chill, they germinate in spring

18/01/2014 at 15:30

I usually sow my Sweet Pea's about now and have beautiful displays all through the Summer/Autumn..give them a go Tracey

18/01/2014 at 15:32
Trip to the garden centre in the morning I think to have a browse through the seeds and then I'll get going. I haven't saved many loo rolls though yet, may have to give the boys curry for a week!!!!
18/01/2014 at 16:07

lol, I''ve only just started saving them, asked all my family to keep theirs too...they think I'm bonkers but they're yet to become gardeners

18/01/2014 at 17:10

This works for me and you can vary the size.

18/01/2014 at 17:14
Edd, what is it, I can't watch it?
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