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Aubretia and salvia seedlings

Hi. I have grown aubretia and salvia from seed and they are looking fairly happy now. After this current cold snap do you think they would be ok to plant out?  I have read they are fairly hardy but I don’t want to make a mistake after be8ng so careful with them to this point. Really pleased with my salvia - victoria White. Many thanks


  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,440
    I think they may be a bit on the small side at the moment, can you see how big the rootballs are ? Whereabouts are you keeping them ,as l would think the salvias would need to be hardened off before planting out  :)
  • Thank you for your reply. I had the salvias in a sunny window and they were do8ng ok but not fab. So I moved them to a very sunny mini glass greenhouse. They have been 8n there for over a week and seem to love it they have doubled in size. I intend to put a big blanket over the greenhouse for the next few cold nights just to be sure. I think you are Right I will keep the salvias in the greenhouse for a while longer. They have roots growing out of the bottom of the cloth pots so should I repot them? 

    The aubretia are small at the moment. I think I was just being a bit too keen. I will keep them in the warm a tad longer. I live in the south and my garden is sheltered. 

    Thankyou for your help. 

  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,440
    No problem  :)
    With regard to the salvias, l would take 2 or 3 out and have a look at the roots. If they have a good root system,  personally l would pot them on into 9cm pots if you have some. If they are really doing well, you could try bigger pots, but ideally you don't want them to have too much space to fill, if you see what l mean. 
    I think you wouldn't want to be planting them out until the end of May, when all risk of frost should have passed. In the meantime you want to create strong plants with a good root system, and make sure they're hardened off by the time they are planted out. 
  • I think I would re-pot them if they look like they're out growing what they're in now. I vote keep them in for a bit longer, it will be too upsetting to lose them after all the caring you've done for them.
  • Good advice. Will do. Thank you
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