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Are any of these Aubretia?

I planted Aubretia seeds direct in the ground as advised on packet and haven't weeded the patch as I couldn't tell what was Aubretia and what was weed. Are any of these Aubretia seedlings? Do I need to let everything grow another couple of weeks? I'm pretty sure the first pic is a weed


  • SkandiSkandi Posts: 1,721
    The first one is clover, the second is fat hen with a nettle in the background and I think number 3 is Good king henry. In the very last pitcure the seedlings at the bottom of the picture, it's hard to tell they could still be weeds but they could be Aubretia.
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391
    Agree, all of the larger ones are weeds so pull those up but keep the small ones.  I find aubretia needs sowing in seed trays as they develop very slowly at first and need a bit of tlc.  I prick them out and grow then on in 9cm pots, pinching them out occasionally until they are about 3-4 inches high and bushy before planting out.  I have clay soil though, so most things need a bit of a head start like that here. 
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Thanks both! My seed sowing (first time) isn't going well.....
  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Posts: 8,262
    If you sow them in a pot or tray of commercial compost you'll be pretty sure that what comes up is what you've sown.  I've been gardening for 60 years but STILL, this year, I sowed my mixed salad leaves direct into recently-weedy soil, forgetting that when the seedlings emerged there would be some I wouldn't recognise, and I'm having to be very careful only to eat leaves which are definitely mixed salad, not some noxious weed...   :/
    Since 2019 I've lived in east Clare, in the west of Ireland.
  • BijdezeeBijdezee Posts: 1,484
    This is why I always sow mine in seed trays otherwise I would forget and weed them out  :#
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