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all my seedlings have come up outdoors already?

sanjy67sanjy67 Posts: 1,007

in a large wooden planter i planted seeds of astrantia and jacobs ladder (after freezing them both for five weeks) i also planted larkspur and larkspur giant imperial in marked rows. now they are all growing, at the mo they just have their seedling leaves.

obviosly i am going to have to prick them out as there are tons of them but what should i do with them all over winter?

at the moment they are exposed to the elements in the planter and not covered at all,

would it be best to plant them where they are to grow/flower or put them into loads of pots and leve them outside as they are now, i don't have a green house only a cold frame and i won't get them all in there

thank you

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,368

    when you sow seeds in autumn some will come up straight away, either because they don't have a dormant period or because they haven't yet gone dormant. 

    If you froze the seeds dry for that time all you did was store them.

    If you sowed them is moist compost you have done winter's job already and those seeds that would have germinated in spring have germinated now.

    They are all hardy, left to themselves in the garden these plants self-seed and multiply. You could prick out and protect a few and leave the rest where they are. See which do best

  • sanjy67sanjy67 Posts: 1,007

    thanks nut, i see what you are saying now about (did you mean froze them in moist compost?) the freezing thing, i read up on jacobs ladder not seeding very easily unless it was frozen for a period & it doesn't usually freeze much here in the south east, it just said to put them in an envelope dry and freeze them for that long, anyway i think every single seed has germinated image, not sure i need 700 though lol oh well i'm sure i shall have some losses, hopefully about 650,

    i have tried just scattering larkspurs before where i want them but i think i forget and either weed them out or where i am always planting things and digging i probably disturb them all as i only had one come up this year hence using the long planter as a seed bed.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,368

    The planter sounds like a good idea, it's too easy to lose the ones you want in the garden. Especially if you have a weed count like mineimage

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,368

    sowing seeds as soon as they're ready is what plants do and has to be the best way for hardy plants.. They sort themselves out with regard to germination time

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