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Seed Sowing Time Yet?

Posted: 10/02/2015 at 19:30

Re chili germination, that does sound long compared to all the varieties I've been doing this year. My first batch didn't do at all, but the second attempt did. The problem, I'm 99% sure, was the top of the pots drying out. When I put them into a (makeshift) propagator to keep the humidity up and prevent the soil drying, they popped up within ten days, even including the habaneros.

Seed Sowing Time Yet?

Posted: 08/02/2015 at 16:58

I have only sowed my chillies so far. They're doing pretty well. I'll probably sow one or two things next week.

But I'm gutted about my sweet peas and poppies that I sowed in autumn. We've had several weeks of constantly below freezing, so even in the cold frame they have been blocks of ice for far too long. I don't think they're going to make it.

Fertilzer Concentrations

Posted: 06/02/2015 at 07:37

Thanks all. I got it figured out. Like you say, the key point was that it's ratios. You then need to think about how much of the total material is actually part of that active portion. 

It's all making sense now.

Cyclamen Coum not Flowering

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 14:33

Excellent. Thanks.

Cyclamen Coum not Flowering

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 13:03

Great information both.

But leave the hederefolium are ok in pretty much complete shade?

Cyclamen Coum not Flowering

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 12:34

Thanks Berghill. That's interesting. So maybe I won't worry if they don't do much this year. I didn't know that they needed more sun. So perhaps move them to half-shade in spring?

Cyclamen Coum not Flowering

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 12:17

Hello all,

I have a couple of Cyclamen coum in a shady spot, in a pot on my balcony. (I have hederefolium in the same pot). I planted them in the autumn, and they're pretty small still. 

They look happy enough, with plenty of leaves (though some have a bit of an aphid issue which I'm dealing with by manual squishing at the moment). The thing is that I don't see any sign of flowers or buds. I'm wondering if I'm doing something wrong, but perhaps I'm just being impatient. Should I have given a high potassium fertiliser perhaps? I planted in fairly poor loamy soil.

I live in Switzerland, so it's a little colder than the UK. But my first snowdrop, on the same balcony) is just about to open, and my winter-flowering honeysuckle has bulging buds.



snow drops

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 08:10

I'm not knocking the in-the-green thing, but I have had good success with planting bulbs in late summer.


Posted: 01/02/2015 at 08:09

Good idea, Lyn. Unfortunately I'm not around at home enough to do several sprays per day, which would be ideal!


Posted: 31/01/2015 at 21:34

I've got my chillis going. Most of them didn't germinate though. I think the top of the soil was drying out too quick. I've done a second batch now, and stuck them under a makeshift propagator to keep them moist. Just for the first week or so. Let's see if it works!

Also, a few hardy annuals such as sweet peas got sown in September and October and are in the cold frame.

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Cyclamen Coum not Flowering

Am I just impatient, or am I doing something wrong? 
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Am I a bit early still? 
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Whether to cut them back at all 
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How to deal with in summer 
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How to grow spinach

Confused about how spinach is supposed to behave 
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Thyme Dying Off

The centre of my thyme is dying off 
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Herbs Yellowing

Basil & Marjoram going a bit sad and yellow 
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Chilis Shrivelling

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