I can't even grow from seed!!!!!!!

You know you've got problems when you cannot grow something from seed. image


This my second attempt at growing some perenial flowers from seed, and this attempt is turning out the same as the first.  The seeds begin to sprout and then they go mouldy/furry and die!!!

This is how i've gone about things so far. I've sown the seeds lightly in compost, lightly watered them and then covered the tray with cling film and kept them at room temperature in the dining room.  Growth seems to happen quite quickly but so does the mould/white fur and the subsequent death.

This time i've taken off the cling film once i've seen some shoots coming up as some where dying off at this point.  Maybe with the cling film it was creating a very humid environment for them.......?

Now i've taken the cling film off the soil seems to dry very quickly. How much water do the seeds need at this point?


Any guidance and help would be appreicated as i clearly cannot get the basics right. 




  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,806

    Which perennials is the question?-they may be too warm-a lot will germinate quite happily outside with no heat-you may be spoiling them and they cant cope.

    So types?image

  • BagzBagz Posts: 38

    The first attempts were himalayan poppies.

    this time round they are Salvia - Blaze of fire - sow indoors 18-24 degrees C

  • cairnsiecairnsie Posts: 389

    makes sure you give the seed tray a very good clean out each time or the fungus will just keep cumming back

  • marshmellomarshmello Posts: 683

    When I'm watering seedlings I use a handheld spray bottle. I set to fine mist and spray until top surface of compost is moist, usually first thing morning. I check on the trays twice a day and if need be, water at tea-time. But NEVER at night.

    This trick has always worked and at times I've had 50 or more trays going at any one time.


    Yeah, my hand did get achy. hahaha

  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,806

    The salvias are a half-hardy annual so do need heat-perhaps you are sowing too thickly-and as has been suggested the trays are not clean enough

    Is it fresh compost?

    Try a light covering of vermiculite rather than compost-remove any covering at the first sign of germination and water from the bottom

    Works for meimage

  • LilylouiseLilylouise Posts: 1,014
    Hello Bagz image It might be a good idea to invest in a small propagator - they are very inexpensive.

    This is how I sow my seedsimage

    I use clean pots or trays ,fill the trays with seed compost and press down lightly with another pot or tray. I then water the pot using a fine rose on my watering can.

    Then I sprinkle the seeds on top and cover with vermiculite and spray with water to dampen it. Put the propagator somewhere light and warm and hopefully the seeds will germinate after a few days. Don't water the pots/trays - they shouldn't need it but if the vermiculite looks dry spray lightly with water.

    I hope this helps .

    Himalayan poppies are not the easiest seeds to germinate

    Pam LL x
  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,168

    The level of light has not been mentioned; once the plants push through the soil they need light. I have this vision of a gloomy dining room with heating on... and the furry stuff would thrive.

    I tend to water from the base, stand seed tray with perforated base in solid seed tray and pour water into base: no water gets onto the plants.

    Perhaps you are not taking the cling film off soon enough? Perhaps they are 'damping off'?

    Perhaps some photos would help? I must confess I haven't planted any seeds yet; I'm waiting for just a little warmth in the air.image

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,727

    Have to agree that watering from base is a good tip. Have had fairly good results with seed but your query about the light also a good point Artjak, and using a spray also a great idea as it's easy to be a bit heavy handed with the water even when careful. Good luck Bagz - don't give up! Perhaps try a couple of different methods as suggested and see which works best for you, then take a note for future reference on a calendar or noteboook. If all else fails - shout at 'em!image

  • I had this problem with late season cuttings. Went through most of winter of but now showing heavy signs of rot on some plants or has killed them off completely! image
  • ElusiveElusive Posts: 992

    I sow into single modules and keep them on a south facing window. I spray them twice a day, once before work and then again after work. I always have pretty good results as long as I turn the trays regularly.

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