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Problems with cerinthe seedlings

Having carefully collected my cerinthe seeds last year I sowed them a few weeks ago, they germinated really well and are currently in my conservatory.

The true leaves are starting to sprout but the tips of these are turning brown at the end only.  There are also little brown discoloured spots on the seed leaves, a bit like soot, but brown.

The seedlings havent 'collapsed' or curled up their toes, they just dont look very happy at the moment.

I am keeping them on the slightly dry side as didn't want to encourage 'damping off' but I am watering them when required and keeping the conservatory well ventilated.

Any ideas gratefully received....


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,295

    I've never grown them indoors sarah but I wonder if they're getting too hot.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • sarahfordsarahford Posts: 8

    Thanks Nutcutlet - I do plan to start hardening them off (and repotting if/when they get bigger) - I may start that sooner rather than later!

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,295

    i shoukld, it's not 100% hardy but it's not going to suffer from anything we get now. I usually get a few that germinate in autumn, one or two will survive the winter. 3 this year.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Matty2Matty2 Posts: 4,817

    I grew cerinthe last year they generously self seeded themselves around the garden and as the seedlings are easy to spot I weeded out out those I did not want.  I now have a lovely display, in flower,  in my trough mixed with wallflowers and tulips. They survived the winter in the garden, I just took the attitude that if they grow they do. really pleased with result.


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