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Latest posts by cairnsie

Penstemon seedlings

Posted: 30/03/2013 at 16:39

I am onto my third set this time not using any lights just the windowsill. I dont think its temperature fluctations as my spare room keeps a constant and the lights kept the seedlings warm. They were fine and got to the point of just producing there true leaves and died. I have cuttings of penstemon and they doing fine. I figured it was the lights scorching the leaves, perhaps your window has too much direct sunlight as I kept my first set of seedlings very moist, the second set on the dry side so its not moisture levels. My third set have not yet produced true leaves. The leaves just shrilveld the actually seedling stayed upright for a while after this before dying so I dont think it was damping off. I am hoping this set will survive i will see. Another one of my theorys was the soil wasnt deep enough so this time i have sown them in small pots. I have been successful with a wide variety of other seeds so I dont understand why I am having trouble.

Seeds are up

Posted: 29/03/2013 at 22:12

They are french marigolds I have 2 trays of petunias i have started off. To be honest its probably just as cost effective to buy plugs but i enjoy growing stuff from seed it keeps me entertained. I could probs start them off mid april and hopefully they will be ok.

Seeds are up

Posted: 29/03/2013 at 21:32

Whats the latest anyone has sown petunias. I am at maximum capacity for seed sowing at the moment but want some of those wave type petunias. I have 2 trays of normal ones at the moment going and was wondering would sowing say late april be fine or too late. And how hardy are marigolds thinking of putting them in mini greenhouse in the next few weeks or should i keep them on my windowsill.


Posted: 29/03/2013 at 11:36

I live next to morrisons and find the stuff ok. They have dahlia tubers for a pound, clematis for £2 but they are young plants. They have the odd astilbe etc but i find the stuff out of the likes of aldi,lidle poundstretcher etc to be the same if your wanting cheap plants.

Seeds are up

Posted: 28/03/2013 at 18:45

No i dont think I have seen it. So is it much warmer in france at this time of the year?

Seeds are up

Posted: 28/03/2013 at 18:39

Well that puts my small mini greenhouse collection to shame lol. You must have a very big garden

Seeds are up

Posted: 28/03/2013 at 15:49

They actually recovered now and have perked back up. I have had to open my mini greenhouse was getting too hot lol, you cant win. My greenhouse is well and truely full now, started off a dahlia tuber yesterday too. Everything seems to be doing ok and its staying frost free overnight. One of my pologonium cuttings off last year is starting to flower on the windowsill too.

Do you keep your marigolds indoors for the time being or are they fairly hardy?


Posted: 28/03/2013 at 15:45

Firefox is a web browser like internet explorer but made by another company.

Seeds are up

Posted: 28/03/2013 at 14:40

Just pricked out my marigolds and cornflowers and some have flopped a bit an hour later. Hoping they recover, anyone else had this problem

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 27/03/2013 at 21:53

I have planted another set think they were either getting too warm or drying out as they were on a windowsill above a radiator which was perhaps the problems. If all else fails i buy them from b&Q.

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