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Should these seedlings go in the ground?

guttiesgutties Posts: 224
edited June 2019 in Plants
I've germinated Delhphinium Pacific Giants and Sunflower Velvet Queen from seeds this year.
Here they are in 7cm / 8cm pots.

I know they will do better in the ground, but I have lots of slugs, and so I am trading off planting them until they are strong enough to fend off the impending slug attack.

Would appreciate any advice on this please?

Should either / both of them go in the ground yet or should I wait another while?

BTW, I'm in NI and am a good bit behind most others here, for example my first rose bloom just opened a few days ago.


  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391
    edited June 2019
    I always grow delphiniums on for a year before planting out and would move those to 2 litre pots until next spring.  They most likely won't flower this year anyway, so grow them into good strong plants which will have a better chance of surviving slugs when they finally go into the ground.
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • LynLyn Posts: 21,979
    They would do better in the ground but as you say, slugs are a problem, you can put a slug trap down next to them or you can pot them into 6” pots until they are much bigger.
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • B3B3 Posts: 25,263
    I would wait until the sunflower gets a hairy stem. Repot if necessary while you're waiting. The slugs don't go for hairy stems so much.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • guttiesgutties Posts: 224
    OK, thanks all.

    Both will wait a while yet until they go into the ground.
  • It says on “  When it comes to perennials keep the aromatic element in mind. Plants with oil-rich foliage are usually more resistant. Take herbaceous geraniums for example. Slugs and snails may hide beneath the leaves, but they do not eat them.“ I must say slugs don’t eat mine but you may know differently!
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