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My 'babies' David, only tiny
"I planted them on the 22nd in the evening."
Care needed, Tracy....6 days (presuming that was this month) would indicate that they've been germinated in a little too much warmth.
As I have said previously, germination normally takes between 7 & 21 days.....but 21 is much better than 7 to avoid leggyness....if you get me drift.
Thanks for the pic, Tracy.....keep them cool from now on.
I will move them into the garage tomorrow David, thanks again. I think I may well grow some more in March, I will spend more on some seeds and compare the results.
A collection I've grown many times and would recommend to anyone: www.eaglesweetpeas.co.uk/gallerydetail.php?g=4&i=4
I think they are very reasonable considering the effort that goes into producing them. For instance, I bet you wouldn't believe that the original seed (grown in this country) has to be shipped to New Zealand to produce the seed we buy from them......these seed growing contracts are very expensive.
There's a big, big difference with the seed produced by established breeders.
Can't go along with that analogy, Tracy....I think you need to give yourself the best chance.
Mention my name when you order, you may even get a discount.
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Ordered.....thank goodness for football distracting OH
Oooer.....am I about to be named in a divorce case???
Ha ha, no David, ??9 inc P&P is nothing compared to the roses I will be ordering really and if he wants a nice garden.........
Crikey! Poor man, perhaps as well I'm single.....no permission need.
But would he mind spending some money on a new sofa if you needed one, or a table or re-decorating? Your garden is an extension of your house.
Hi David, can sweet pea seeds be planted direct when it gets to 10C outside? If so does that mean the night time temperature must be 10C? I started some indoors last year, which got very leggy and also sowed some direct in late April but they soon caught up with the indoor sown ones and they all started flowering at the same time. I haven't got a greenhouse and indoors only a dull north facing window sill room temperature is between 15 and 22C. I have got a large root trainer seed tray and a large plastic tray, cling film and bubble wrap and was considering improvising a kind of cold frame with it. If I sowed in this outside now would the seed survive ok until it gets warm enough to germinate? I just want to get them flowering as early as possible. Sorry for so many questions.
Ashleigh - As I've said previously, October sown seed will give you flowers around mid-May, those sown in the spring will flower in July. To flip it, October sown plants will finish flowering in late-August, whereas spring sown plants will continue until the first frosts.....a mixture (if possible) of both is the best option.
I wouldn't pay too much attention to my 10c temperature figure, as I give it as a rough guide to what is needed for successful germination....as you know, all seeds need a certain amount of warmth to germinate.
Be assured, I don't walk around with a thermometer in my pocket after gardening for more years than I care to remember, I act according to what I see around me. Regarding sowing outdoors, a good rule of thumb would be to keep your eye on your lawn, when it starts to grow & needs cutting would be a good time to sow your SP seeds in-situ......certainly don't go to the trouble of bubble-wrapping etc.
Babies in the garage near the window so they get light