SOWING SEEDS 2019?

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    God i,m so lagging behind lol
     
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    Mine are going mental now I need to top them and take them in the greenhouse where its better to keep them watered. then I can put some more seeds up there to bring on :)
     

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      This year I’ve not had much luck with cosmos seeds germinating. Of the 25 I planted, only 5 developed but I think the soil was too wet.

      I showed a bunch more on Monday but then realised I have have showed them too deep. I used a pen to creat a hollow about 30-40mm deep and popped the seed in.

      Is this way too deep?
       
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      I barely cover cosmos seed Kriss....why not use perlite? Sow the seeds, water lightly and don’t soak the compost, and cover with a thin layer of perlite.
      Cosmos like dry warm conditions....a delayed sowing is usually more prolific than an early one. Word of consolation ....cosmos grow fast and quickly catch up :)
       
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        Cosmos just surface sow on damp ( not wet ) seed compost. Just lightly cover. You should see germination in 3 to 5 days.
        30mm is far too deep , did you not have sowing instructions on your seed packet? You know when all else fails, read the instructions:biggrin:
         
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          Cucamelons sown for Carol have germinated as have some of the cucumbers and courgettes, lettuce was up within 5 days........ I see a lot of potting on imminent!:help:
           
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          I planted melon courgette and cucumber last week and they are growing at a pace. I think Ive sown the courgette too early for planting outside. Looks like I'll have an early crop from the tunnel and sow more for the outdoor crop.

          Really good germination from the Gazanias

          Sowed Ptilotus exaltus as something a bit different and that has germinated within a few days

          I get the feeling that I will quickly be running out of room as I pot things on
           
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          I stupidly sowed them wrongly recalling that I showed them deeper last year. I’ve delicately scraped back some compost and removed. Exposing a lot of the germinated seedlings!

          Hopefully they will grow up strong!
           
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            They should be fine Kriss, Cosmos are pretty tough.
             
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              AF08DC93-E0EC-4A53-B64D-F0B3922CD49F.jpegC2BBEBD0-2E8A-41E4-91B9-9BE939C15165.jpeg Lots of them seem to be doing ok!!! I have 7 from the first batch that are 4” tall and now around a dozen that have finally germinated, even though they spend the first 2 weeks in sodden compost! Doh!

              I found a picture of last years crop I uploaded to this site.... and I’m ahead of the game by a week or so!

              I’ve gone for Rubenza and a Double Click this year!! Very excited! (The two images above are from google)
               
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                Hi guys well my petunias are really coming on in my small greenhouse do you think there big enough to be planted outside? i,m in south devon and the weather is looking cloudy with bits of sun and rain but dont see any frosts about?
                I have 190 plants now so pleased with my outcome :)
                 

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                  Wow @lowrider69 I'm really impressed! I'd check the weather forecast for the next month. Accuweather or the weather network usually have monthly forecasts where you can look forward 60 days to see what the predicted night time temperatures are going to be. Of course I call them weather guessers rather than forecasters for a reason..

                  Of perhaps your growing zone will give you your last frost date but for some reason I don't believe any time before May is safe to plant out.
                   
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                    I've actually got one Petunia in flower now from a cutting I took last year but despite living in the south I won't plant anything out until May.
                    Maybe I'm over cautious but I won't chance it.:blue thumb:
                     
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                      Ermmm, better than expected seed germination this year, don't know if I have enough pots for "potting on". (I can get more).

                      Poly tunnel still work in progress and nowhere near enough room in the greenhouse, back room in the house may get filled to the gunnels! :oopss:
                       
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                        Hi @Vince , if you run out of pots do what I do ...... Buy packs of plasic disposable cups. You can get 80 for £1 from Poundland. All you need to do is poke drainage holes in the bottom with a screwdriver.
                         
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