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Is it still too cold

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 09:09

Alice, they're struggling for light. Do you have a desk lamp or similar with a bright-ish bulb? I have a couple that I use for seedlings in the depths of winter. Lower the lamp - or raise the seedlings - till the plants are about two inches from the light. They won't burn. Apart from light, the bulb also provides warmth. Raise the lamp - or lower the seedlings - as the plants grow, always keeping them about two inches from the light.

Don't leave them under the light 24/7. Even seedlings need their night time. 12-14 hours out of 24 will be enough.

Windowsill propogation

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 08:27
cxgcxg wrote (see)

My question is whether everything needs to be thinned down to a single seedling? For some, such as the cucumber which grows thick stems this is obvious. For other things such as basil, pak choi and salad mix, the seedlings grow much thinner and I don't know. With these, should I thin them all to one now, just separate them once I prick them out into larger pots (and risk tangled roots breaking?) or prick them out all together in a clump once they've grown more and pot them on exactly like this?

Many Thanks

The toms, chillies, cukes, peppers, broccoli, etc, need to be potted on as individual plants. As should the salad mix. Left as clumps they will only throttle each other.

The likes of basil and coriander can be separated into individual plants but will cope as two or three plants together. Do the separating when they're large enough to handle. You just need to take care separating the tangled roots but you don't need surgical precision. Root structures are pretty forgiving unless you tear them off completely.

Should I plant my celery out yet

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 13:45

Might frost be an issue? If not, you could start hardening them off for planting out in a couple of weeks. Let them out of their cloche, leaving them out later and later till they're comfortable uncovered overnight.

Should I plant my celery out yet

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 08:57

Depends on your weather, Nicholas. What sort of temps are you getting?

Advice for a new veg grower

Posted: 14/04/2013 at 10:13

Perfect for celery, perhaps. I'd rot.

Passion Fruit Problems!

Posted: 14/04/2013 at 10:12

You've possibly over-watered and over-fertilised them, Newbie. Cut back on the water, cut out the fertiliser completely, and see what happens. It's very easy to kill young plants with kindness. They're best left, within reason, to develop under their own steam to let them build their strength.

Advice for a new veg grower

Posted: 14/04/2013 at 10:07

Good thinking, Nicholas. I only ever grew celery once. It takes a very long time, needs well-drained soil, doesn't like too much heat - a big problem here in central Italy - and needs to be kept moist.

Indoor Hydrangea

Posted: 14/04/2013 at 10:01

Indoor heating can be a threat as well. It dries out the atmosphere. I'm with allaloubee in regard to the overwatering and taking it outside during the day.

Growing tomatoe's indoors

Posted: 13/04/2013 at 13:38

Tom flowers are self-pollinating so don't need insect life. Insect activity can help merely by moving a flower around and stimulating the flower's internal mechanics. You can achieve exactly the same thing by giving the flowers a light flick with your fingers or a brush with the palm of your hand.

Advice for a new veg grower

Posted: 13/04/2013 at 13:37

Nicholas, Thompson & Morgan have celery seeds. Unless you're desperate to grow from seed, I'd plant seedlings. They will cut your waiting time down enormously.

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