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Good draining compost

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 13:16

Hi, It's been over 2 months since I sowed my Verbena bonariensis seeds and other than possible one seed germinating, nothing. This is what I did:

sowed in seed trays with Innes Seedling compost. Put in propogator and put in summer house. Nothing for over a month. Then put propogator is kitchen (good light). Shortly after, 1 bright green curly (?) plant showed, but nothing else. Nothing since.The compost holds on to mositure, I occassionally spray surface with water. I once watered from the top and the only plant I had disappeared(if it was a plant). I would be grateful for your advise as I would love to grow this plant. Should I start again, perhaps I am too late . Live in Aberdeen. Thanks, Alastair


Propagator & condensation

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 13:10

I am propogating Verbena bonariensis. I have not sprayed any water on them recently and I amy have put too much sieved compost on top of the seeds.

Propagator & condensation

Posted: 28/04/2014 at 15:28

Thank you all for your replies, I have learned 3 new things now. I did not think sil was that wet (though I am a novice) and while my propogator is heated there is no thermostat. The propogator is in a wooden summer house with no direct sunlight though sunshine heats it in the evening for an hour..

Propagator & condensation

Posted: 28/04/2014 at 13:39

When using Propagator should I daily clean away the condensation from inside the lid ?

Chit and seed potatoes

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 08:36

THank you.

Chit and seed potatoes

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 20:10

I have some Duke of York seed potatoes, but they have sprouted shoots. I have had them in the light in an eggbox to chit - the ends of the shoots(2 inches long) have chitted and the potatoes are soft.

What should I do ?

THanks, Alastair

Good draining compost

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 09:30

Hi Frank, Yes that is very helpful, thank you. I need to buy ordinary(as opposed to seed) compost - peat free or not ? Finally, grit, can I buy that in my garden centre ? A link would be helpful.

THank you, Alastair

Good draining compost

Posted: 09/04/2014 at 13:47

Thank you for your replies.

THat's great, I have a good idea what to do now, though is sowing /seedling compost okay to use ?

Boy, I wish I lived in France !

Good draining compost

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 13:46

Monty on episode 5 of Gardeners World recommended a compost that will drain well for sowing Verbena bonariensis in a tray.

I have some of this year's sowing compost - can I just add sharp sand to it and some seived earth from my garden ?

Thanks Alastair

Heated Propogator

Posted: 08/03/2014 at 22:34

Thank you Busy Bee2!

I enjoyed reading your message and I have learned a couple of useful tips too.

I think I agree that I don't need a thermostatic propogator as I only germinate the house - we don't have a greenhouse.

chillies, tomatoes are free with the magazine and I should maybe try them.



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Discussions started by AlastairS

Propagator & condensation

should I wipe it away from inside lid ? 
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Last Post: 29/04/2014 at 13:10

Chit and seed potatoes

mine have sprouted, what should i do ? 
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Last Post: 11/04/2014 at 08:36

Good draining compost

for Verbena bonariensis 
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Last Post: 09/06/2014 at 13:58

Heated Propogator

What to grow now ? 
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