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New greenhouse.......what to plant?

Mary370Mary370 Posts: 2,003
edited August 2020 in Plants
Hi, my dad got a greenhouse, we're very excited!!  I had a few tomato plants to put in it, we've planted lettuce seeds.  As it's very late in the year to sow veg. I was wondering are there  flowers we could grow in it?  Any suggestions?..... Thanks...........


  • B3B3 Posts: 25,181
    edited August 2020
    Don't people grow potatoes for Christmas? Maybe you could do that.
    Just found this
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Mary370Mary370 Posts: 2,003
    @B3........ he's 79, not really a gardener, he wants to grow a grape vine, so we're waiting until Spring to get a plant.  He kind of wants almost instant plants lol.  He'll be delighted to give growing the spuds a go, thanks for the link
  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 4,405
    You could get some spring bulbs for pots and an Amaryllis. You could have that in flower in time for Christmas. It is not hardy; but you can start them in the greenhouse or indoors, enjoy the flowers and then when it starts to die down, put it back in the greenhouse.
    Little bulbs in pots, like crocuses or miniature Reticulata irises, don't need to be inside, but they flower a bit earlier than in the garden, and it's easier to enjoy them if the weather is bad. You can put them outside after flowering. There are good online catalogues, you might see other things you like :)
    You can plant broad bean Aguadulce Claudia in the autumn, to germinate in modules, to plant out in early spring, so you get a head start on other varieties.
  • purplerallimpurplerallim Posts: 4,830
    radish and spring onions might have time to finish in a greenhouse, even though its late now.
  • steephillsteephill Posts: 2,673
    Not quite instant but you would get an early crop of strawberries next year if you get some going in the greenhouse this year. A trough full or a few big pots would give you a nice treat a month before outdoor ones come through.
  • You could try a few biennial flowers for next year. If you sow them now, they will germinate quite quickly and need potting into larger individual pots in the autumn. Continue growing them on in the greenhouse ready to plant out in the Spring ready to flower next year. Foxgloves are very easy but if you look up biennial flowers there is quite a selection. Not instant but they do need care and attention during their growing period
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