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Why were my cornflowers poor last year

Posted: 02/03/2015 at 22:44

Last year my cornflowers were very staggly, didnt flower very well. Compaired to the year before they were terrible. I started them off indoors and then straight into a unheated greenhouse the first time i grew them and got good plants. The last time i simply sowed them into the ground. Would this be the cause? Should i try to sow them in pots again.

Thanks for any help

Recommendations for direct sown annuals

Posted: 02/03/2015 at 20:28

As my wife had a baby last year I lost most of my space for growing plants indoors so i sowed lots of hardy annuals directly. I tend not have a lot of ferns or grasses and grow sweet peas Lupins delphiniums snap dragon etc. I found candytuft, godetia, Californian poppy and alyssum and nasturtium all did really well from a direct sowing. The main problem is keeping things such as slugs and aphids off them. My alyssum was still flowing in November. I also grew dwarf sweet pea cupid but i find they require too much deadheading to keep going.

seeds, what now?

Posted: 02/03/2015 at 18:53

Stocks are not as hardy as aquilegia. I did have mine in a cold frame last year from mid march but I dont think we had a really hard frost after that date. I stuck a few in my cold frame 2 weeks ago to see if they would survive and they are still alive. I do only live 2 miles from the coast so my night time temps dont go really low like they do inland. I would keep them on the windowsill for a while yet.

Nastursiums

Posted: 01/03/2015 at 22:10

I grow them in pots they will seed everywhere but easy to pull out. They grow well in pots. Main problem i had was slugs killing the seedlings and aphids.

Are Morrisons bulbs any good ??

Posted: 01/03/2015 at 17:52

They unlikley to put on enough growth to flower after there first year epecially the tiny ones from morrisons. At least mine didnt. But your right they only flower on last years growth.

Are Morrisons bulbs any good ??

Posted: 01/03/2015 at 17:42

montana clematis are quick growing i would pot them into bigger pots harden them off then put in a cold frame or unheated greenhouse. Then after your last frost put the montannas in the ground. Then next year about february trim them down to 30cm. After that trim montanna clematis only need pruning to keep in bounds. Dorothy walton will probably be slower growing and will need to be cut back to 30cm every year.

Antirrhinums

Posted: 27/02/2015 at 19:55

Last year i did a test of what would and wouldnt survive in a cold greenhouse and from about mid march my antirrhinum seedlings were in a cold greenhouse and survived fine. Cant remember if it was particular mild or not. I live in the northeast but am about 2 miles from the coast so im unsure if that keeps it a little milder. Most of my antirrhinum plants did survive last winter also to flower another season.

Black spot on rose leaves - help how do I rid?

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 15:47

I used a bit dish soap and sodium bicarb last year and seemed to have a good effect. Nice and cheap. Have to spray regularly after rain and every week etc but is a good preventative treatment.

Aqualegia

Posted: 25/02/2015 at 09:48

I normally just grow them from seed. You can literally sprinkle them on the soil and they pop up. They often self seed themselves.

Aqualegia

Posted: 25/02/2015 at 09:47

Its just an unheated clear box with lid. Basically a small unheated greenhouse. I would just pot them up and place them in a sheltered corner against a wall or something or wait a little while till the ground unfreezes and plant them directly as they dont like root disturbance.

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