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Please help Sowing canterbury bells

sooty5sooty5 Posts: 107

Hi , i have sown some canterbury bells about 3-4 weeks ago  for planting out in the autumn . Only a few have germinated so is it too late to sow some more ?. My Foxgloves are germinating much better so i do not know what i have done wrong . 


  • Mark56Mark56 Posts: 1,653

    I was also wondering the same, will stay perched. They're one of my favourites but I've never grown them. 

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391

    Should be still be ok to still sow them now but you might have to overwinter them in pots if they don't grow enough.  As biennials they won't flower until next summer of course.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • ecokidecokid Posts: 138

    I sowed some last year at this point. They were doing really well during the summer but rotted away during the winter in my cold frame - I wonder if I watered them too much?

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,103

    Sounds like it I'm afraid. Not many things need watering outside in the winter - no growing going on you see.

    Have another go image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • ecokidecokid Posts: 138

    Yeah might as well give it another chance as they do look  an amazing flower. I had them in 3 inch cardboard pots, which meant that dried out pretty quickly, which is why I ended up over watering them. 

  • sooty5sooty5 Posts: 107

    Thanks everyone , should i keep them indoors by a cool window as i have very little room outside at the moment ?

  • Mark56Mark56 Posts: 1,653

    I will be Sooty because of the slugs and snails going after the smallest shoots. Little buggers image

    Last edited: 03 July 2016 11:42:56

  • sooty5sooty5 Posts: 107

    Good luck Mark 56 , mine were lovely this year , still flowering a second flush on some of them . Can't remember what i did last year but hope they are as good next year 

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