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All you experts I need help - germination techniques

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 21:32
Nutcutlet that's what all have said, at work. I have 2 in the garden and as yet no life! Hope I haven't wasted money. Took seed as insurance policy. Even stabbed myself trying to get the damn stuff out the cone! Blood everywhere lost lots of seed to my own blood! Eugh!!

All you experts I need help - germination techniques

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 21:30
Thanks chicky (funny name as its my nickname!!!)

Just saw the seed heads screaming at me and I harvested and got v excited. Then realised I had no clue how or when to sow and how long they would take!!!!

I sowed some gazania bronze and for some reason they came up and then lifted themselves in top of the seed compost root and all, just laying there on top - confused.com!!!

All you experts I need help - germination techniques

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 21:23
Thanks nutcutlet. I put soone scabiosa down as ripe seed and nowt, nada, niet, nothing!!

Think will try some in a pop bottle cut open And cotton wool in spout then stood back in its own base as a water reservoir! Worth a punt do you think?

All you experts I need help - germination techniques

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 21:20
Chicly - did the echinacea come in 2 weeks. Did you chill your echinacea and verbena first?? Really want to give them a go but don't want to be dissappointed!

Do you think trying a few in a pop bottle propogator would work??

All you experts I need help - germination techniques

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 21:17
Thanks Sam. Loved the scabiosa was gorgeous and stayed green over winter. Thinking will give that a go then.

Took cuttings of the verbena but they just look half rotten so unsure if they will come! Just hope the original plant comes back ok, no life as yet!!

All you experts I need help - germination techniques

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 21:10
Hi all I would love to know how to germinate..... Echinacea Verbena rigid Centaurea amethyst dream Scabiosa Beaujolais bonnets Liatris All my own seed. Thought I would give it a whirl as it will just be wasted if not!

Well I ran out of space!!!

Posted: 07/04/2013 at 23:14
The centaurea is seed from someone that lost theirs so again got to set seed if I want some.

Also I have some cineraria silver dust that lasted over the winter. Do I take cuttings?? How??? Would be nice to make new rejuvenated compact plants for my family this year

Well I ran out of space!!!

Posted: 07/04/2013 at 23:11
In between riding and planting my tatties and carrots I hatched a plan of what extra I wanted, my scabiosa is still green from last year. Not sure entirely which bit to take cutting from.

May go cutting route. Dad lost all penstemon in hard winter. Will the seed take too long to come??

Any clue how to split/multiply my Veronica???? Only planted it last summer!

Well I ran out of space!!!

Posted: 07/04/2013 at 22:32
Well that's it! I officially ran out if space. After setting my courgettes and gazania kiss series in my propogators (windowsill) I decided to take stock. However I still want to plant some tomato seeds and some scabiosa and some penstemon, and centaurea. But I only want a couple. I was wracking my brains on how to do this. So decided to make windowsill propogators of my own. One bottle, cotton wool and clingfilm. Very Blue Peter!!! Anyone else tried this??? Anyone know how long the above will take to germinate, will the perennials be ok for this year or too juvenile to plant out?? Help.... http://twitter.com/Inky_Trace/status/321012450126360578/photo/1

Tomato seedlings

Posted: 06/04/2013 at 23:12
I have separated my seeds from the mould/scum water and put out to dry. How long would you give them before spreading on a seed tray of compost??

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