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seeds( aubergine/ tomato /sweetpea) various - once germinated ..then what ?

selinasallyselinasally Posts: 166
I am new to seed sowing- I have a new small greenhouse which is empty ...
all seeds planted indoors 
I planted sweet peas in root trainers about 4 weeks ago - they are inside on a shelf by the window and almost reaching the propagator roof - can I move them to the greenhouse and /or just take the lids off and keep inside 

aubergine and tomatoes - planted in heated propagator- very long and leggy - I have been stroking them and had to remove lids- do I leave or move on they only have 2 leaves 

many thanks 

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  • purplerallimpurplerallim LincolnshirePosts: 4,238
    The reason they are all tall is that it was a bit early to plant. Never mind, we can try to keep them going now.
    The sweet peas can have the roof taken off, if they are tall with two sets of real leaves ( not the first set of seed leaves) then you can pinch off the growing tip to a set of leaves, which will make them bush out and keep them going inside until April when they can go in a cold greenhouse. 
    The tomatoes have gone long because of low light levels. I have just sown mine yesterday. So, it might be possible to save them by potting them on. To do this you will have to try lifting each plant out by the leaves, into a pot and burying the stem at least half way. It might not work but at least you can try. Also I would sow another set of seeds as now is the right time, not in a propagator just a tray with a lid, on a bright window sill/conservatory,  misting daily so they don't get too wet and then if the others fail you will still be in time for a good crop. Just remember that every time you transplant tomatoes bury the stem up to the lowest set of leaves, this makes a strong root system. 
    Hope this all helps and come back with any other questions. 😁

  • selinasallyselinasally Posts: 166
    The reason they are all tall is that it was a bit early to plant. Never mind, we can try to keep them going now.
    The sweet peas can have the roof taken off, if they are tall with two sets of real leaves ( not the first set of seed leaves) then you can pinch off the growing tip to a set of leaves, which will make them bush out and keep them going inside until April when they can go in a cold greenhouse. 
    The tomatoes have gone long because of low light levels. I have just sown mine yesterday. So, it might be possible to save them by potting them on. To do this you will have to try lifting each plant out by the leaves, into a pot and burying the stem at least half way. It might not work but at least you can try. Also I would sow another set of seeds as now is the right time, not in a propagator just a tray with a lid, on a bright window sill/conservatory,  misting daily so they don't get too wet and then if the others fail you will still be in time for a good crop. Just remember that every time you transplant tomatoes bury the stem up to the lowest set of leaves, this makes a strong root system. 
    Hope this all helps and come back with any other questions. 😁

    Thank you so much ,,, hobs for me to do this weekend it seems
  • selinasallyselinasally Posts: 166
    my aubergines have also done the same can I do the same ?

  • purplerallimpurplerallim LincolnshirePosts: 4,238
    Probably yes.
  • KiliKili Posts: 858
    edited March 2021
    Sweet peas don't need to be sown indoors. I've sown mine in root trainers in the unheated greenhouse and that's were they have been since sown 2 weeks ago and have now appeared. All they need if sown in March is a little protection from frost up against a wall or in your greenhouse.

    Sweet peas can be sown in the Autumn or the spring it just depends if you want to manage them over winter, I don't so sow mine at the end of February.

    As yours were sown indoors you will need to harden them off and then you can leave them in your greenhouse if you want to give them best protection from frost then plant out in May when all chance of frost has passed.

    'The power of accurate observation .... is commonly called cynicism by those that have not got it.

    George Bernard Shaw'

  • purplerallimpurplerallim LincolnshirePosts: 4,238
    Nothing can go in my greenhouse as it's full of overwintering plants.  Anything has to wait till April when it gets cleared out and washed ready for the tomatoes and cucumber. So to get started it has to be indoors,  plus my greenhouse still goes down to 0 in the cold spells we have just had, too cold to bring on seedlings.
  • KiliKili Posts: 858
    edited March 2021
    Nothing can go in my greenhouse as it's full of overwintering plants.  Anything has to wait till April when it gets cleared out and washed ready for the tomatoes and cucumber. So to get started it has to be indoors,  plus my greenhouse still goes down to 0 in the cold spells we have just had, too cold to bring on seedlings.

     Unless there sweetpeas!

    'The power of accurate observation .... is commonly called cynicism by those that have not got it.

    George Bernard Shaw'

  • purplerallimpurplerallim LincolnshirePosts: 4,238
    Maybe one year I will have a go in the greenhouse @Kili but not this year. Today it's bitter out there and the bird baths are frozen.
  • KiliKili Posts: 858
    Maybe one year I will have a go in the greenhouse @Kili but not this year. Today it's bitter out there and the bird baths are frozen.
    Yeah you should try next year. Wait till March then sow and just stuff them on the floor in a corner somewhere they'll take care of themselves cold weather or not there pretty hardy.

    Good luck with this years sowings cant wait for some warmer weather with this blasted virus the winter seems so much longer.

    'The power of accurate observation .... is commonly called cynicism by those that have not got it.

    George Bernard Shaw'

  • purplerallimpurplerallim LincolnshirePosts: 4,238
    I'm getting there with the planting seeds @Kili my conservatory becomes a  greenhouse every spring😆 the 3 types of toms,  two of cucumbers, peppers, and lettuce ( which has just sprouted) are done. Next week its the potatoes, and in the cloche carrots, beetroot and spring onions. 😁
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