Biennials

TeenrbeeTeenrbee Posts: 57

Can anyone help.  I want to sow some biennials for next year but really don't want to direct sow as I never get good results and don't have any areas of bare soil in the right places.  I really want to sow in trays or modules to nurture and grow on for planting in autumn or next spring, will this work.  Any suggestions/help would be gratefully receivedimage.

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  • hollie hockhollie hock Posts: 3,344

    Hello, I don't do any direct sowing either. Your plan sounds spot on, that's what I do. I generally sow into trays and then pot on into bigger pots as the plant growsimage

     

  • TeenrbeeTeenrbee Posts: 57

    That's fantastic, thank you.  Are there any that you've found don't work or that very much do?

  • hollie hockhollie hock Posts: 3,344

    I think wallflowers are one of easiest plants to grow from seed, I always grow them. Had good results from forget me nots as well. Sweet rockets seem to do well for me,  honesty and sweet williams.

    Forgot about foxgloves as well

  • TeenrbeeTeenrbee Posts: 57

    Great.  I've got both some nice pink tones wallflowers and lovely white foxgloves so I'll get cracking this weekend.  Thanks very muchimage.

  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 2,931

    To add to the list, Bellis does well with me and flowers early, bee's love them. Also if you grow herbs, parsley. I'm trying Holly Hock and wallflower this year.

    Cornflowers do well if the winter is mild, like the one we've just had. I keep these in the GH in pots to over winter.

  • hollie hockhollie hock Posts: 3,344

    Didn't know that Bellis is a bee favourite,not ever grown them and also didn't realise that you can over winter cornflowers.....Thanks Zoomer

  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 2,931

    I sow cornflowers at the same time as sweet pea in the GH. They've over wintered 2 out of the past 3 years, you need to fleece them if the temp drops to low. Can't remember which variety I grow but the flowers are blue/purple in colour.

    Don't be lulled into trying 'snowman', that one didn't get through this winter. 

  • hollie hockhollie hock Posts: 3,344

    I was thinking about snowman.........so thanks. I think the blue ones are a lot more resiliant, didn't grow them this year but had a few that have popped up unexpectactly

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