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I can't even grow from seed!!!!!!!

Posted: 22/03/2013 at 17:37

Thanks everyone for sharing your experiences and knowledge.


I think i may be able to salvage some of these.  Ive binned the cling film, let the soil dry out a bit and am spraying them with a mist as and when needed.  i've also moved them to a south facing window for what sun we are getting at the moment.  Already i can see a difference and one or two shoots are now up to a cm tall.


Now i'm starting the learn the basics!!! so thanks again everyone.


Be warned there will be more questions to come

I can't even grow from seed!!!!!!!

Posted: 21/03/2013 at 16:32

The first attempts were himalayan poppies.

this time round they are Salvia - Blaze of fire - sow indoors 18-24 degrees C

I can't even grow from seed!!!!!!!

Posted: 21/03/2013 at 16:18

You know you've got problems when you cannot grow something from seed.


This my second attempt at growing some perenial flowers from seed, and this attempt is turning out the same as the first.  The seeds begin to sprout and then they go mouldy/furry and die!!!

This is how i've gone about things so far. I've sown the seeds lightly in compost, lightly watered them and then covered the tray with cling film and kept them at room temperature in the dining room.  Growth seems to happen quite quickly but so does the mould/white fur and the subsequent death.

This time i've taken off the cling film once i've seen some shoots coming up as some where dying off at this point.  Maybe with the cling film it was creating a very humid environment for them.......?

Now i've taken the cling film off the soil seems to dry very quickly. How much water do the seeds need at this point?


Any guidance and help would be appreicated as i clearly cannot get the basics right. 


Safe species for a tall hedge in high density housing estate?

Posted: 28/01/2013 at 00:06
Laurel bushes......?

New Years Day flower count

Posted: 02/01/2013 at 17:17

Ehh?? flower count......


Big fat ZERO

Best blue flowering plant

Posted: 29/12/2012 at 14:32

Currently growing these Willow Gentian from seed.  Hoping to brighten up the shaded areas of my garden.......

Best blue flowering plant

Posted: 24/12/2012 at 15:54

Growing some of these Willow Gentian from seed at the moment, hoping to brighten up the shaded areas in my garden ........

Bulbs sprouting now??

Posted: 10/11/2012 at 17:34

I've noticed today that bulbs are starting to sprout in my garden.......

I'm totally new to gardening and have only been at this house since June, so i have no idea what they are.  I'm guessing daffodils.

Anyway, surely this is too early for them? Winter hasn't even started yet!!!




Potting my bamboo

Posted: 09/11/2012 at 21:25
Georg Faust wrote (see)

Those photos are very interesting.
At first sight the leaves do look very much like the dreaded Sasa.
But to my mind, those stems (culms) do NOT look like Sasa. Sasa stems tend to be slimmer and more bendy and do not tend to branch. Yours look a lot more like proper bamboo canes.
So I'm not sure that yours is.
You may be OK, but it needs watching.
The way that invasive bamboos spread is by thick underground roots, which are just beneath the surface of the soil. If a bamboo is non-invasive clump-forming, then it will not attempt to put out long roots near the surface.
So the best thing is just to see what's beneath the surface of the soil. Take a few spots about a foot away from the plant, and scrape down about an inch, and see whether there are any long exploratory roots radiating out from the plant. The absence of surface roots now doesn't mean that the plant might not put some out when it grows more. Just keep an eye out for any, now, and in the furture.
Or was the shoot that you got, from the parent plant, coming up from a long root just beneath the surface that had been sent out by the parent plant.

It's only a little plant, just keep an eye on it.

the darker looking shoot is new growth, which came up from the base of the original shoot, and the stem of the original shoot is very rigid (garden cane like) for such a small shoot (0.5cm thick).

As yet i havent been able to identify any roots spreading under the surface, so i think i'll be safe, but i'll keep an eye on it.

How far beneath the surface would invasive roots be if was spreading as such?

Potting my bamboo

Posted: 08/11/2012 at 18:56


Don't know if anyone else can identify this?  But as mentioned the mother plant doesnt seem too aggressive, so i'm going to assume this will clump

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