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Sowing flowers from seed

Hi folks,

is there any flowers I can sow in seed trays NOW in a growhouse, if so which are best? Or is it best to wait till spring?



  • higgy50higgy50 Posts: 184

    Hi Nick,

    You can sow some flowers and many of our native wildflowers are good candidates as they need a period of cold to germinate.

    Native wildflowers such as corn cockle will be ok sown now as will quite a few perennial plants.

    These are a few that I have found worked quite well...

    Corn Cockle

    Californian Poppy

    'Love in the mist'

    Sweet William





    That names just a few to try but there are a lot more and s stated above lots of our wildflowers..

    Another way to know what might work is to think about all the little seedlings that come up around the garden in Spring and make you curse, any of these plants will probably be easy to propagate from winter sowing and can of course then be planted where you want them!



  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,556

    and for the not necessarily wild flowers

    astrantia, aquilegia, aconitum, eryngium

    and many others in the ranunculaceae or apiaceae families

  • cairnsiecairnsie Posts: 388

    Sweet pea is another if you use a bit of heat indoors them put them in your grow house.

  • higgy50higgy50 Posts: 184

    Oh I forgot Astrantia and it's one of my favorites!! Thanks nutcutlet.

  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800
    Higgy, those flowers you mention, can they be planted straight outside now? I want yo plant wildflowers at the front of my house and have a few packets. They were free so nothing to lose really if they don't work.

    Also, cairnsie mentioned sweet peas, I presume from what you said that I can sow them now in the house and when my green house is ready it should have warmed up a bit and I can move them in there (end of March time).
  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,556

    Sow the wildflowers Tracey, lots of them need to be cold before they germinate and the rest won't mind. Native wildflowers and their seeds belong outside in our climate


  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800
    Excellent, something to get started in tomorrow.....yippee.
  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,556

    Go for it Traceyimage

  • cairnsiecairnsie Posts: 388

    No the sweet peas will be hardy enough to go outside now mine are in a unheated mini greenhouse its just they wont germinate without a little heat if they put straight outside this time of year. As soon as they germinate I put them outside as they get leggy otherwise indoors.

  • higgy50higgy50 Posts: 184

    Tracey, just sow into seed trays and leave in a cold frame our corner of the garden and they will pop up towards next Spring for pricking out and planting on early summer (hopefully)

    You can sow direct into the border but the problem you may have is that they will be competing with weed seedlings and it may be difficult to distinguish what's what. The tray gives you more 'control' in my humble opinion but others may say differently.

    Most important thing is to enjoy and look forward to when you plant them out!



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