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Some general help for a beginner with growing/repotting seedlings please??

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 11:27

So I guess I am looking for seedling aftercare advice please, will I need to look up aftercare instruction for each individual variety or is there a re-potting rule, I am wondering if some varieties need lots of seedlings keeping together etc...  As I said difficult to put into words, I hope someone can help.


Thanks in advance!

Some general help for a beginner with growing/repotting seedlings please??

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 11:25

Hi All

This is my first year as a homeowner and we have 2 fairly large gardens to fill with plants.  I was lucky to make the most of a Thompson & Morgan pricing error and get lots of packs of seeds for not much money at all and I have lots of different varieties of fruit, plants, grasses, flowers and veg growing in pots, propagators and our greenhouse.

A lot of the seeds are now starting to poke through the soil but I have a question, it may sound a bit silly and I am not sure how to word it but I do need some advice please so here we go...  I must have 20 different flower varieties, 5 different veg, 4 different fruit and half a dozen different grass varieties planted and growing, is there a general rule of thumb for what to do with seedlings once they reach a certain height or will this differ dramatically from plant to plant?  There were some instructions on the seed packets but not for how to re-pot once seedlings have grown.  

To give you an idea of what I have growing:

Aquilegia chrysantha 'Yellow Star' - yellow 

Cephalaphora aromatica 

Cerastium tomentosum - white 

Commelina dianthifolia - blue 

Cineraria 'Jester Scarlet' - red 

Calceolaria 'Sunset Mixed' - mixed 

Layia platygossa 'Tidy Tips' - yellow 

Saponaria ocymoides - pink 

Pansy 'Singing the Blues' - mixed 

Dahlia coccinea 'Species Mixed' - mixed 

Lavender 'Hidcote' - purple 

Panicum virgatum - green 

Liatris scariosa 'Gracious' - white 

estuca glauca - green 

Marigold 'La Bamba' - orange

 Hi All

I have attached 2 pics each of our front and back gardens of the house we have just moved into. We knocked a lot of walls down, took crazy paving up in the front and ripped bushes and most plants and weeds from back garden out at the end of last summer as we wanted a blank canvas to work from.

We were wondering if you guys could give us some inspiration for either the front or back garden as we will be cracking on with it when the weather improves slightly but please bear in mind I am not working at the mo so we do need to do this on a very small budget.

We will be moving the greenhouse to the very back of the back garden so that the dog can't get at it, which will free up a nice area where the greenhouse was that could be a patio area and the awful brick wall on the right hand side of the garden will be getting knocked down and replaced with fencing to match the back fence.  We have bought some apple trees which will probably be planted in the ground on the left hand side in front of the brick wall. We also have a couple of acers to plant somewhere and I would like to get a couple of smoke trees, I love colourful plants and trees.

The front garden gets the sun all day long so I want to plant lots of smaller fruit bushes and nice smelling things but I just do not know what to do with the mish mash of concrete going on, also the soil is full of weeds, as is the back garden.

I guess I just don't know where to start with it all as it is our first house that we have owned so any advice or help would be brilliant.

Thanks in advance!

How do I take and grow cuttings of Smoke Tree (royal Purple) please?

Posted: 12/02/2013 at 13:42

Hi All

My neighbour has a Smoke Tree that I just love and she said I can take some cuttings to grow, I am a bit of an amateur gardener so I would just like some advice on the best way to do this please and what will I need as far as routing powder etc...?

Also same question regarding Full-Moon Acer tree which I would like to grow from cutting please.

Many Thanks in advance for any help! 

A little advice for planting of bare-root apple trees please.

Posted: 12/02/2013 at 09:54
sotongeoff wrote (see)

No-get them outside they do not need greenhouse protection -they are hardy plants-you not want to encourage any early leaf growth make keeping them cosy.

They will be fine

Brilliant thanks a lot.

A little advice for planting of bare-root apple trees please.

Posted: 12/02/2013 at 08:37

Hi All

I got my apple trees potted in some lovely soil and they seem to be doing great.  My worry now is the forecast for the next few weeks in Teesside looks to have lots of freezing temperatures overnight, would people recommend that I put them in the greenhouse for a few weeks until this period has passed?  Or should I ideally be moving them in and out of the greenhouse as and when it is freezing?

Many thanks peeps.

A little advice for planting of bare-root apple trees please.

Posted: 07/02/2013 at 21:17
Hi thanks for the replies, I will pot them up first thing tomorrow and only put them in greenhouse if snow and frost returns and bring them back out afterwards, I've got some really good compost. As for the pollination I have actually received 1 cox orange pippin and 1 laxtons superb tree and it seems these will pollinate each other, which is great!

Any other tips would be very much appreciated.

A little advice for planting of bare-root apple trees please.

Posted: 07/02/2013 at 21:00
I should add that I do have a greenhouse if they can be kept in there until they can be planted in the garden?

A little advice for planting of bare-root apple trees please.

Posted: 07/02/2013 at 20:38
Hi all I just received 2 bare root cox apple trees that are a few years old in the post today and I was wondering whether I can temporarily plant these In very large pots for a couple of months until my currently muddy-bog of a garden is finished and we have decided where to plant the trees? We already have 2 very large wooden planters, would they be ok? Any help would be brilliant, let me know if you need more info.

Anyone dismantled and moved a greenhouse before??

Posted: 11/10/2012 at 07:21
Welshonion wrote (see)

If the sections can be moved without taking out the glass it will be so much quicker and easier and you are less likely to break the glass.

We have moved our wooden Alton 5 times and I should think the principle is the same.

Door first.  Then roof sections. Then sides.  Then ends. Have lengths of wood available to brace the bits when you remove sections.  Two people make it simple. Do not do it when the wind is blowing.  Do not leave it incomplete overnight. If the nuts and bolts are difficult to undo, apply oil to them and leave overnight for them to loosen.  Make sure you have plenty of new bolts, clips, etc before you start, so you don't have to go and get some more mid-construction

It is far easier to wash the glass at ground level, especially the inside of the roof sections.

When you reconstruct make sure everything is square.  Start by putting the end opposite the door in place and brace it firmly.  Then off you go.

In my experience it is inevitable you will hear the tinkle of broken glass. But with luck it will only be one sheet.

Wonderful that is what I was wanting to know, thanks very much, I won't be doing it for a week or so until my dad is back home from the rigs but I will try and let you know how it goes!


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