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Noob Q about growing from seed

HeftyHefty Posts: 370


Hey everyone - so this year for the first time I've tried growing seeds outside in a mini greenhouse type thing 

had some good success with Nicotiana and Cone Flowers - my question tho, when will they be ready to plant out? Will it be this year even or will they not be ready till next year or??

im just a little confused as to what I'm doing :) 

the nicotiana are pretty big and the coneflowers not so much

any advice I should much appreciated! 


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,157

    I wouldn't plant either of those this year. I'd grow them on and plant them out in spring.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • HeftyHefty Posts: 370

    ok perfecto, good to know!!

  • LynLyn Posts: 21,892

    Which Nicotiana have you got? Most are annuals,  if it's an annual type  it will be finished soon you needed to plant them out in May, and compost in October. 

    I would keep the Echinacea until next year, if you put those out when they're small the slugs will eat the lot by the morning. 

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • HeftyHefty Posts: 370

    thanks lyn, its - so i should probably plant out in spring? :)

    coneflowers ill def overwinter - on that note actually, i wasnt really expecting to have to look after them for so long before they were ready to plant out - so is this always the case or is it because i sowed late or the growing conditions werent correct etc?

    thanks for the info

  • LynLyn Posts: 21,892

    I grow those as annuals, depending on where you live they may not survive the winter, next Spring sow the seeds mid March and plant out around the middle of May. 

    I don't know what to do with the ones you have, you could plant them out and see if they'll shoot up some flowers in September.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • HeftyHefty Posts: 370

    Tha ks a lot for the advice - I have a feeling I started to late this year really 


  • hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053

    It always pays to read he instructions on the back of the packet. That will tell you the optimum tie to sow the seed and the flowering time. If you are growing perennials from seed it will also tell you if they will flower the first year or not. If not, unless they have grown really well, it is best to put them in the ground the following year. Or maybe even the year after depending on the plant.

    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
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