Germination of some wildflowers

I have sown some corncockle seeds several times in different locations this spring and they have failed to germinate! The catalogue labelled them as 'easy'... what am I doing wrong? The same also for meadow cranesbill.  Any advice gratefully received.  Thanks


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,790

    When did you sow them?  It may well have been too cold for them to germinate - if they've not rotted in the cold and wet they'll probably germinate when the soil temperatures have warmed up a bit image

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,255

    I agee, spring only started a couple of days ago, they haven't had a chance yet. I sow my outdoor annuals when it's warm enough for me to be out there without freezing.

  • I agree - I've not sown any wildflower seeds yet

  • hollie hockhollie hock Posts: 3,346

    I've sowed some corncockles for the first time this year. Mine were sown into seed trays in a cold frame though and not directly into the ground.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,255

    Have they germinated yet hollie hock? I was going to direct sow mine this year, soon (sooner or later)

  • hollie hockhollie hock Posts: 3,346

    Hi nut, yes they have are  doing really well, one of the stronger seedlings that I have. Sowed them in the frame on 18th March, probably germinated in about 2 weeks

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,255

    Might start mine in pots then or they'll not flower before the end of summer and then I won't get seed. Need to get on with it or half my seeds will still be in packets next year like the sunflowers from last year.

  • hollie hockhollie hock Posts: 3,346

    I know what you mean nut, haven't done any sowing for weeks but managed to a do bit today.

  • Thanks for your comments. Some seed was sown back in February - much too early I realise!  I have just resown in the G'house and indoors. Fingers crossed!

  • patty3patty3 Posts: 129

      I  have seeds growing on bedroom window sill.





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