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Overwintering perennial plugs



  • KatieSueKatieSue Posts: 31
    Thank you - that’s encouraging news! 
  • KatieSueKatieSue Posts: 31
    We are surrounded by fields and have a lot of nibblers - Fairygirl. My indoor plants are plagued by tiny flies - fungus gnats I think, and even though I don’t like to use insecticides I do use a bug clear drench in Spring. Lots of wriggling little flies in the roots of my houseplants - husband muttering about putting them out 🥴 I am also growing seeds and buying plugs for the garden - not only is this satisfying but plants are so pricy now to buy full size. I occasionally treat myself. Fingers crossed - I will have some Salvia. Thank you all. 🤞🪴🪴🪴
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 50,371
    The biggest problem with having seedlings and small [and big] plants in the house is that it's often too hot and damp, so it's a perfect breeding ground for those little flies to break out and breed.  :)
    My house is clearly not as hot as many other people's, judging by some chat we had on a different thread last year, and that definitely makes a difference, as does a layer of grit on top of pots. For bigger house plants, a layer of gravel can look better. You can get cheap grit in B&Q. I soak it in a bucket of water a couple of times and drain it, to get rid of anything that could be problematic - salt etc.
    The biggest difference you can make is in the timing of seed sowing. Same with plug plants. If you have a spare room, that has decent light and temps to keep them germinating and growing, ie a greenhouse or a conservatory or similar, that helps to avoid the problem in a kitchen or similar.
    Light is a factor many people also forget about, so location is important when deciding to grow, especially for seed. 
    There's another thread just now started by a member in the same area [roughly] as me. The biggest mistake they've made is sowing too early, as well as over heating, but it's then the pricking out and growing on that can also be an issue, so you need enough room until plants can be hardened off and put out. Location also affects that timing.
    I'm sure your salvias will be fine. Good luck with your sowing and growing  :)  
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • bédébédé Posts: 1,856
    Is there any advantage in buying plug plants before the winter?  

    (I guess if you've got the skills and growing environment, you won't be asking the question.)
      location: Surrey Hills, England, cretaceous acidic sand.
    "Have nothing in your garden that you don't know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful."
  • KatieSueKatieSue Posts: 31
    Ah. Many of my plants are actually in the kitchen and so that makes a lot of sense - thank you Fairygirl. 
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 50,371
    Kitchens can be quite hot and humid @KatieSue, which can bring it's own problems, especially with compost flies etc, as seen on that other thread. 
    Mine is the opposite-  in winter it's colder, especially this year, as we're not using the oven etc so much, and the heating isn't on much either. In spring, on sunny days - it's roasting! The average temp in my kitchen just now is around 12 to 14 or 15 degrees. On a sunny spring day it can easily reach mid 20s, so that makes a huge difference to seedlings and small plants. That's where the juggling and balancing act becomes tricky.  :)
    It also depends on the amount of time you have to check and care for them all. There's a vast difference in that if you're at work all day, away from the home, compared with being at home most of the time.  :)
    I'm sure you'll get some good results. I only grow the completely hardy salvia - S. caradonna, as the others require overwintering, taking cuttings here, and there are easier plants for me which will do the same or a similar job in the garden  ;)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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