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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,394

    What stage have they got to hollie hock? I'd pot on if things look too big for the pot but I try and avoid pricking out in cold weather. Plants need to grow on well after pricking out or they'll die. 

    But I don't grow hardy annuals in pots, only perennials, so maybe different rules apply to them

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,394

    I'm sure they'll slow down soon. If it's amild winter and they don't slow down you'll be OK to pot them on. The down side to potting on is the amount of space they take up when you've done so. 

    I haven't put any of my germinated seeds inside the frame yet, I don't want them moving too fast.

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,394

    Good idea, they get a bit leggy in the low light of winter if they come on too fast.

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  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 11,359

    Hi hollie hock. I start haedy annuals in September in modules in a cold greenhouse. Most of them are up although very small. Usually they stop growing at the end of October, but by march the individual modules are ready to plant out.

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  • Hi hollie hock, like you this is the first time I have planted hardies for early spring flowering. I sprinkled cornflower and california poppies seeds in two, 2foot deep containers. They are about a foot high now and looks like have slowed the growing. They will be in a cold greenhouse until the spring to protect them from strong winds and snow compaction.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,394

    I've got loads of annuals and perennials germinating in the garden over the last couple of weeks. Some of them must be from last year's seeds or even came in when I spread my compost. I see them as a store for extra plants next year. They're much too close together to leave as they are.

    I realise that a well run compost heap would have killed off the seeds. I have no illusions about my compost heap, the weeds etc break down and I use it. 

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