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Help identifying seedlings!

Hello everyone! I’m Ash, and first of all just want to say I’m really not much of a gardener, so please go easy on me!! I potter around and help my mum, but don’t know too much about plants really.

So, I had a random pack of assorted, nameless seeds from a university open day a couple of year back and decided to finally pot them. I wasn’t sure if they’d even germinate to be honest, but to my surprise they did! And they grew faster and bigger than I ever imagined, I’ve already had to separate them into 4 medium pots after approximately a month of growth (the photo of them in 3 pots is the last I took of them all together)

Now the issue I’m having is that I have no clue what they are! There’s clearly a few that are the same, but I just have no idea where to start with identifying them. If I knew what they were, I could go about providing them with the best conditions possible. 

I’ve attached some photos are what they are, any help and advice would be much appreciated!!


  • The big-leaved seedling in the first photo looks like borage. It needs full sun and appreciates good drainage. The largest seedling in the last photo looks like a Welsh poppy. This will grow in semi-shaded locations.

    I think you may also have scabious, agrostemma and nigella in the mix.

    If I were you I would try and separate and pot on individually into a good compost. gently tip out the pot or use a pencil to ease out plant, taking care not to hold it by the stem, ideally by its seed leaves. Grow on until you can roots through the holes in the bottom of the pot and place in the garden. You might even have a flower of two by this stage which will help ID.
  • LynLyn Posts: 22,889
    I’ve done the same Ash, bought a pack of white and a pack of blue wild flowers seeds from Wilco. I’m potting them up separately so I can plant them in groups when they're bigger.   
    I bought just the whites last year and they were gorgeous. Bit disappointed as there are only 2 cosmos this year, loads last year. 

    Interesting project for you and the bees will them whatever they are. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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