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Grafted cucumber plant

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 07:58

Eddie, cukes are the veg that probably need warmth most of all. They're usually the last things I plant out. I'd be wary of moist air, particularly still moist air. That's usually a recipe for fungal disease.

Dying Rockets

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 07:54

Sorry to say it, Mizzli, but the plants are still going to be fighting each other for survival in that small pot. By my count, you've got 14 or 15 plants in there.

I appreciate your lack of space but I'd suggest a wider, shallower pot, something like this one that I'm using for some spare strawbs:

It's 40cmx15cm and much more suitable for a small crop of rocket because the plants will have the room to grow. You can get smaller versions - 30cm diameter - which would also be suitable.

Tomato seedlings

Posted: 03/04/2013 at 09:27

My only problem with Sungold is that I find them too sweet. They also tend to split.

@ Dove

Start them earlier and keep them warm!

Tomato seedlings

Posted: 02/04/2013 at 07:52

And about time, Dove!

Tomato seedlings

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 16:33

What stage are the Piccolini at now, RD? The fruit has to be starting to change colour - not necessarily ripe - for the seeds to be viable.

Tomato seedlings

Posted: 31/03/2013 at 10:25
* Red Dahlia * wrote (see)
My other half seems to be wanting to harvest seed from a picolini that he has from M&S I'm thinking he doesn't have time to do this. What do you think?

Time is the least of the problems, RD. Squeeze the seeds into a small glass jar with as much of the tom's juices as you can get. If need be, add a tsp or so of water so that the seeds are sitting in at least some liquid.

Leave in a warm place, uncovered, for a few days or until a scum/mould forms. Add water to the container, swirl it around till the scum/mould separates from the seeds, let the seeds settle to the bottom of the container and carefully drain off the liquid. Repeat the process till the seeds are clean or tip the seeds into a very fine strainer and rinse them thoroughly under a tap.

Spread the seeds out to dry (ideally) on some coffee filter paper. The seeds won't stick to coffee filer paper. They will stick to things like tissues and kitchen paper. When the seeds are dry, they're ready to use.

The only problem is that Piccolini are a hybrid variety so the resultant plants won't produce fruit true to type. Still, it could be interesting to see what you will get.

Tomato seedlings

Posted: 30/03/2013 at 08:54

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@ david harrison

As always, growing anything, it's whatever works for you. Transplanting deeply - down to the first leaves - for extra root structure is (or should be) standard practice anyway regardless of legginess. Light, though, impacts on more than just simple growth. It triggers the inner chemistry that develops the plant's long-term strength and health.

Tomato seedlings

Posted: 28/03/2013 at 11:42

Here are my wee 'uns currently. Outside, under bubble wrap in a rare moment of sunshine:

And you can see how pale they are from the lack of sunlight:


Tomato seedlings

Posted: 28/03/2013 at 09:23

@ tattiana

Once germinated, they need light. Preferably sunlight, but as much bright light as they can get for at least 12-14 hours a day. You can take the cover off providing there's still reasonable warmth.

@ Dove

Ah, Jaune Flammée. Forgot I'd sent those. They're the gold French golf ball-sized ones. They'll likely be the quickest of the lot. Golden Queen is medium-size, obviously Soldaki and MP are beefsteaks. Start them all, see what happens. They're only seeds!

Here's Jaune Flamée. Lovely citrusy tang to them. They look like cherries in this photo, in reality they're a bit bigger, golf ball-sized:


Dying Rockets

Posted: 28/03/2013 at 09:14

You don't need to change the soil at all, Mizzli. Rocket isn't the least bit fussy. If you're going to start again with it in a pot, I'd get a bigger pot. You'd be lucky to fit a couple of rocket plants in the one in the photo.

This is what you'll get from one seed:


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