The Growing From Seed Thread 2019

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    So it's now the time of year when we start planning and making a start for the spring, summer and autumn, or even for next year and for many a major part of that is growing from seed.

    So here is the thread for all things to do with growing from seed for this year. Share what you've sown, what has germinated, what has failed (and there will be failures), methods, tricks 'n tips, good seed suppliers or anything else seedy.

    If you have any seed to spare why not offer up for swap here as well?
     
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      I started on Tuesday. I put all the following in to soak;
      • Caesalpinia gillesii
      • Datura wrightii
      • Datura ferox (very old seed)
      • Solanum laciniatum
      • Solanum pyracanthum
      The Caesalpinia soaked overnight before sowing, the rest (except for the D.ferox which is old seed and will soak for a week before sowing) were soaked for thirty six hours and then sown. All of these were sown into a mix of MPC, coco fibre and sand with cinnamon powder mixed in. The cinnamon powder is mixed in to combat the risk of mould. All are on a warm windowsill. Also on the windowsill is a pot of Nicotiana glauca seed - a bit old but worth a punt.

      In the woodwork shed I've sown Allium karataviense and Calceolaria uniflora where they can experience a cold cycle before spring germination (hopefully).
       
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        I started last weekend with Arum orientale and some hellborus seed which were sown and then stood in a cool shady spot outside. A couple of geraniums and Papaver apokrinomenon were sown and left in the cold greenhouse.
         
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          Great minds think alike @longk :snorky: I too started a seed sowing thread yesterday!!!
           
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            I doubt that I will be doing much seed sowing. The space I have is limited and to be honest, perhaps the thrill of sowing and growing has waned.

            Over the years I have experienced the ups and downs of seed sowing. I consider it good advice to devote a bit more pre-study to the variety before actually sowing. Then also to consider the next step, should germination prove to be on a grand scale. Yes, I have made the mistake as so many other gardeners. Simply deciding to sow now. Suddenly it appears every seed has germinated. Now what? Some seedling will race away and become leggy in no time. Then there's temperature and light to contend with. Sadly many folk ignor or forget to allow for these margins. It may well prove to be worthwhile, to stagger the sowings. Just a friendly tip.
             
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              Pepper Marconi going into the propagator in the morning.
               
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                Lights, heat and seed...... will be seeing you very soon (free up space in the fridge)
                 
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                  This week I've sown 56 soil blocks with asparagus seeds. Another 84 consisting of 7 blocks each of various hot pepper seeds. Three weeks from now, I'll find out how many germinated.:scratch:

                  Also I've sown herbs. I've started preparing my pots for sowing come the middle of February. I put a round of metal cloth on the top of all of the pots being hung outdoors. Then I sow the seeds and cover if recommended. This way the squirrels cannot dig into the pots and destroy the seedlings.;)

                  I rarely buy plants. I try to justify it by saying that I am saving money but NO, I just added up what seeds I've ordered and it makes a liar of me! :doh:
                   
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                    My Santa Cruz Begonia seeds were sown about 2 weeks ago. That's it for seed sowing until the beginning of March.
                     
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                      Forgot to explain why I sow in multiples of 4. I make soil blocks and put them in these little trays and then 7 trays fit in each 1020 tray.
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                      The ones that germinate then get moved under LEDs. Hopefully I'll get lots.
                       
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                          Quick seed question - I had great butternut squashes this year but no longer have the original seeds. I've got a couple of squashes left - should I be able to use the seeds out of the squash or do they not usually do well?
                           
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                            @Snorky85 I've grown from seeds gotten out of store bought squash. There's nothing to stop you trying. What's to lose? I spent three months last summer monitoring pots with King protea seeds and they never germjnated but I didn't regret trying. :)
                             
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                              Did they produce the "fruit" ok then? I was unsure whether to buy a pack of the seeds again or just used what I've got :) You are right though - may aswell give it a go, nothing to lose!
                               
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                              Yup, I got for free, exactly what I'd bought.

                              Stil 3 months til the ground thaws.. :doh:
                               
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