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Extremely dry?-doesn't sound viable-you should only water when needed rather that follow a strict regular routine-but not let it dry out completely
No i have not ever done it but heres the article
assumed by keeping them on the dry side it hardened them off
That is what I said- not keep watering-do not agree though with getting them to the wilt stage.
ok thanks for the advice
My false sunflower is starting to show above the dirt and more honesty seeds coming up these may be less leggy than the other come up even though sowed at the same time they decided to pop up later
I know this is all a bit sad compared to some of the pics posted but wanted to update a couple of things.
Here is the new pic of the Rose campion seeds that Lyn sent me this is just 3 weeks after the last pic I posted
And here is my very spritely everbloom lilac which arrived as just a twig 2 weeks ago with no leaves whatsoever.
They need pricking out now Dave, not much nutrition left in that pot now. I would pot that lilac on as well as its now going to grow fast.
Thanks Lyn, I was going to do them today, but took the photos last night.
Happy to report all Canary creeper seeds are up along with Sweet Sultan, Cosmos , Rudbeckia . Dwarf Poppies and cuttings from African Violets . Also, basket seed disks which were an experiment. They are doing very well.
This was taken last week - there're even bigger now.
Well done Jean, dont put the canary creepers out till all risk of frost has past, once established they grow about 10 feet in the season. You can collect the huge seeds for next year, not that I have tried mine, as I wanted a change this year.
Lyn, I don't usually plant any annual climbers out until May - have been caught out before. Thanks for the tip about the seeds - never thought about that but they are related to Nasturstiums and I can't get rid of them now
Collect as many as I can every year but still get loads coming up.
Good job I like them.
Well, after battling the verbena and thinking they were buggered....i now have 45 seedlings lol.
How are the aquilegias Sam?
I have moonstone and Krystal up as well as a purple and white single
I am very chuffed. Going to check on the rest tomorrow. Hows yours doin?
More seed sowing done here, white cornflowers, corncockles, morning glory, sweet peas,sunflowers, night scented stock, white echinencia, mallow and some more snapdragons, lychins and others. All got from seed swops here and locally and in the sales at 25p a packet last year
From the earlier sowings, overall not bad results so far, forget me nots are doing really well, looking like little plants. white snapdragons, got 3 survivors and are doing well. Wallflowers a little bit leggy but doing ok, with true leaves. Cleomes not so good lost some due to the cold weather.
Gardengirl really pleased that the false sunflowers are poking through, no sign of mine yet but they wont be long.
Good news Sam re the verbenas there's hope for mine yet, no sign of anything but they've had a bit of water and still outside.....45 is loads
So far the little lupins are doing ok
You have been busy Holly hock lol
I've got stuff germinating like mad. Lots of aquilegias. Once the weather perks up a bit I'll start pricking out and sowing the next round. I don't like to prick out when it's cold, they might rot instead of growing away. They're still tiny, they'll last ages yet. My false sunflowers haven't shown yet. 4 crocuses appeared in their pot. I was a bit puzzled then I remembered putting them in there.
Hi Sam, I have a helper who has been very busy.
I think you're right nut, about waiting for the cold weather to pass re pricking out. I think that's what happened to a lot my cleomes. I think I might have moved them too soon and they would have done ok if I'd just left them alone. Got a few that are still going.
Potted up 10 dahlias today, sowed more French Marigolds (didn't germinate well last time, old seeds), Zinnias, asters (for cutting), and nasturtiums. All in GH and some in propogaters. Re-potted 3 echinaceas that I thought were dead but are now growing and 2 prunellas.