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Seed or Dodgy Weed?


I scoured the web for Petunia Tidal Wave Red Velour seeds as many others after the review on GW. I received a small package from China (!!) yesterday,  how it wasn't intercepted by Customs i don't know?My OH has made me a lovely planter with trellis for my birthday - the intended destination. No sowing instructions- the seeds are tiny, advice please?


  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391
    edited April 2019
    Well, they look about the right size, so fingers crossed!  They need a bit of heat to germinate so I would sow them on the surface of a seed tray filled with multi-purpose compost (which you have already watered before sowing the seed) and put the whole tray inside a clear polythene bag and place it on a warm windowsill which gets plenty of light.  They should germinate in 1-2 weeks. :)
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,408
    They look like petunia seeds, fingers crossed they are what you're hoping for.
  • Thanks, should I gently blow them onto the compost? Cover them or virmiculite?
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,408
    Sarah Raven recommends sowing on the surface of the compost and not covering, so no vermiculite..
    Others may say different though! 
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391
    Yes, on the surface although I admit I did cover with a very fine sprinkling of vermiculite.  They are indeed tricky to sow evenly, especially out of a plastic bag due to static electricity and they tend to stick in the bag.  You can mix them with very fine sand and spread that as evenly as you can, but a bit of a hassle even then.  These are mine, with seed collected from last year's plants on the left and 'Grand Rapids' mixed on the right:

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Thanks Bob, I'll give them some special attention tomorrow and buy a seed tray with underwater mat! Better be worth the GW recommendation, I have the Black Knight seeds already sprouting in the greenhouse

  • Are these ready to pot on or are they still too small?
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,041
    I'd say too small , and perhaps too wet too.
  • Thanks,  I'll remove the lid and let them have a blast of this glorious sunshine!😎
  • LynLyn Posts: 21,864
    No lids now on those, I’ve just pricked out these, I wait until my seedlings are at least this size, that’s why I don’t use seed compost,  they can grow on to be stronger in MPC.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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