Plug plant advice please

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  1. cindy

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    I really really really really really.......quite a lot! want some Nigella and cornflowers (both blue) and have found some plugs on EBAY. They look very small so I was wondering is it worth buying them and what can I expect to happen with them??
    Oh I so wish I knew more than I do!
     
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    Hello Cindy.:)
    No, I think it’s too late. They may make something but I suggest you plan for next summer instead.
    Any young/ small plants I get now are simply potted on and grown on for next year but these are perennials not annuals:)
     
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      Ok Verdun I shall wait but oh, if only my middle name was patience :heehee: I didn't realise cornflowers and nigella were annuals :what:. maybe I should try from seed next year if Im feeling brave enough.
       
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        Simple enough Cindy. :)
        Like most everything in life, we live and learn :)
        Why! It’s been said that even I don’t know it all!:noidea:
         
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        • KFF

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          Hi Cindy, if you get the seeds now you can siw them in September/October. They will germinate and grow a couple of inches tall and overwinter where you want them to flower. Doing it this way you get earlier flowers next year.
           
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            @cindy I wouldn't worry about growing them from seed - as @KFF says, scatter some seed where you want them to grow this autumn and you should get a good display with very little effort. I faffed around one year growing them carefully from seed in trays, potting on, etc etc, and it wasn't nearly as successful (not to mention being ridiculously time consuming) as just chucking down the seed where I wanted it outside!
             
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              I grew Nigella and poppies from seed sown in autumn some years ago and by leaving some seed heads ripen every year I have a yearly changing display of both. If I have too many or they come up in the wrong place they simply go on the compost heap.
               
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