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Vegetable seed longevity germination past use by date

Posted: 06/06/2014 at 17:41

found a gift box this spring filled with all the seed packets for a great flower and veg garden. unfortunately theyd gone missing in 1994 so seeds 20 yrs old. planted them all. except for sunflowers and a single nasturtium out of about a hundred  the flowers seem gone-a few pumpkins have germinated and perhaps some basella. if there hadnt been so many i would have damp paper toweled them. there are a couple of sites if you google seed longevity.

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 06/06/2014 at 17:24

must be a hell of a recipe-access is forbidden-whats in those biscuits lizzie

 l d braithwaite

Camera Corner

Posted: 06/06/2014 at 04:54


 last summer on the colorado river


Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 06/06/2014 at 01:43

tanacetum nivea 

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 23:37

 delphiniums and eremurus-matt bright garden-like all the pots-great cat -ive been to chepstow and pembroke-my favorite castles

Eremurus problem

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 19:40

in england transplant time might be july

Eremurus problem

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 19:32

 eremurus bungei-these are amaong the smallest but they still need an area 18 in across all to themselves.these were moved 2 yrs ago. i moved himalaicus and roseum last year so lots of foliage but no flowers. they like the same kind of conditions as delphiniums when you plant them loosen up the soil add some good stuff then firn it back down. clear a space an inch deep  spread 1/2 inch of coarse sand press the roots-they really do look like a starfish-firmly but gently into the sand cover with topsoil and there you are, you do this as soon as the foliage dries-probably in june-in england you might not need to water  . its important to remember that that need a lot of space all to themselves. mine self seed. good luck


Posted: 05/06/2014 at 18:58

ill start crambe cordifolia 20 years old a few miserable flowers-this  year 6 ft tall


Underachiever Award

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 18:43

a friend gave me a victorian tin seed box filled with all the seed packets you would need for a wonderful veg and flower garden. unfortunately she gave them to me in 1994. just rediscovered them this spring while excavating in the junk room- planted them all-so far out of 1000s of seeds one nasturtium has sprouted-hmmmm think they could be too old?

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 18:23

 palest orientals ive ever seen-they all came from same seed packet(coral reef) colors vary from coral to pure pink to this-hmmmm

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great thread on underachievers. think we need to balance it. do you have something which has gone gonzo this year after fiddling about forever? 
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it looks like improper trimming or it could be spider mites if they are the soft evergreen curse in the uk that thet are in nev. 
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