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Hardy geranium seeds not germinating

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 17:00

I sowed some sweet pea and hardy geranium pratense seeds just over two weeks ago, both indoor and outdoor (in plastic greenhouse).  The sweet peas are both growing well (the indoor seedlings are a bit leggy), however the geraniums have not germinated at all inside, and just a couple of seeds outside have just started to sprout. 

Do geraniums take longer to germinate?  Are they best outside or in? 

Thanks

Viola and pansy seeds

Posted: 15/10/2013 at 16:52

Ignore that last post of mine, it seems a repeat of a message I posted a few days ago has somehow been reposted!

Viola and pansy seeds

Posted: 15/10/2013 at 16:47

Thanks for the replies, I should have sowed these seeds much earlier in the year for a display this winter, I'm annoyed now as I completely forgot!

marklikesbees, you say you are overwintering your little plants in a cold greenhouse, but I am guesing summer flowering ones aren't as hardy?  My winter ones last year kept flowering all through the snow and hard frosts and they were all in containers so I know they are tough little things!

I feel dumb for asking this but is it true that in general all seeds need warmth (but not direct sunlight) to actually get germination going or do some need cold?

I guess it's an experiment to see what works as I have got some seeds sowed everywhere!

Fingers crossed

Viola and pansy seeds

Posted: 12/10/2013 at 00:22
*bring them inside to bring them on rather!

Viola and pansy seeds

Posted: 12/10/2013 at 00:20
Hi marklikesbees, yes that's what I'm going to do, keep sowing them at different times of year! There is still nothing coming up so far, apart from the 1 pot of tiny litle pansy sprouts in the mini geeenhouse, I am wondering if I need to brig them inside for brig them on hmm... all part of the fun!

Viola and pansy seeds

Posted: 10/10/2013 at 22:43
I only have viola and pansy seeds going, I also have some pelargonium still flowering I'd like to take seed from too. I also have cuttings of lavender and penstemon and plan to plant some bulbs at the weekend. I'm new to growing from seed and division having only bought ready grown plants up until this year, I plan to grow lots more from early next year, unless there is anything more I can start now?

Viola and pansy seeds

Posted: 10/10/2013 at 19:15

Thanks for the replies, I should have sowed these seeds much earlier in the year for a display this winter, I'm annoyed now as I completely forgot!

marklikesbees, you say you are overwintering your little plants in a cold greenhouse, but I am guesing summer flowering ones aren't as hardy?  My winter ones last year kept flowering all through the snow and hard frosts and they were all in containers so I know they are tough little things!

I feel dumb for asking this but is it true that in general all seeds need warmth (but not direct sunlight) to actually get germination going or do some need cold?

I guess it's an experiment to see what works as I have got some seeds sowed everywhere!

Fingers crossed

Viola and pansy seeds

Posted: 08/10/2013 at 18:56

I bought some viola and pansy plugs last autumn and they flowered really well for months on end - really impressive!

I saved seeds in late spring as I hoped for the same again but was confused as to how to get them to grow!  I have heard a few different opinions on how to get violas to germinate, so about 4 weeks ago I sowed some outside in my mini plastic greenhouse, and some inside on my south facing kitchen windowsill. So far only the pansy seeds in the greenhouse have geminated, no sign of anything else.

I am doing something wrong, and I guess it is too late in the year now to get any plants grown in time for this winter (or is there anything I can do?!).  But for future, when is the best time to sow for a winter show, do they need sunlight, dark, cold or warm conditions to germinate?  I just can't seem to find any definitive info for the UK!

Thanks

Which geranium is this?

Posted: 20/05/2013 at 18:33

Thanks for the help,

I know pelargonium are tender, I just thought the flower on this one I have looked more hardy geranium, but looking at the leaves they actually look more on the 'fleshy' tender side.. I am assuming therefore it's tender, I'll have a look around for hardy geraniums!

Which geranium is this?

Posted: 20/05/2013 at 17:36

Hi, I was just wondering which variety of geranium this photo shows?  I would like to grow some hardy varieties, but how do you tell between the tender bedding type and the perennials?

http://i1125.photobucket.com/albums/l586/fruitymango/photo2.jpg

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