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Hi all,

I planted a packet of mixed red flowers, (clearly too close together) and don't really know where to start seperating this?

They all appear to be strong healthy plants and plenty of them now have flower buds but I'd really like to get these seperated into their own pots before they get any larger!

May not see in pic, but these are in a windowsill planter at the moment.



  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 35,792

    Water the windowsill planter really well then tip out the plants carefully. Gently tease the different varieties apart and put them into good compost in pots.

    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 26,984

    I think at this stage you'll have to prop them up. They won't be self supporting.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Yep, there is a couple of sneaky stakes in there already... somewhere image

    We had wilddd wind for 5 or 6 days and a lot of them have grown a bit wonky already hahaa.

    They're definately getting on top of each other a bit too much now though - literally!

    I'll get some pics uploaded for ID help when they're in their pots as some look like they're about to pop open some lovely coloured flowers!

    **Also, it maybe a pain to seperate, but these plants are all a lot taller than others planted seperately around a similar time, really shows the effort they'll make to be the strongest, best plant when others are invading their root space image

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 26,984

    Indeed they will grow tall and skinny in the competition for light. The transplant will have set the moved ones back as well

    They may sulk when you move them, poppies for one (I think I can see poppies there) do not like disturbance. 

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Wow, you're definately an experienced grower picking out and recognising anything from within the red mix jungle image haha

    Would you keep 'clumps' of this together then or try seperate each plant?

    I'd guess there's maybe 25 / 30 plants battling to grow in there image

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 26,984

    clumps I reckon and not small ones. You'll lose too many if you try individuals. and they'll look spindly, they will be individually skinny now but they look like a generous clump all together.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
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  • As always, great advice + much appreciated !

    Was looking forward to getting stuck in with this today, but looks like the sun's gone AWOL for the weekend (as usual image) .

    I really wish I bought a bigger mini greenhouse to hide away in image 

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