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Fionabee2Fionabee2 Posts: 19

I've been pouring over Sarah Raven's lovely Summer brochure. I do not have green fingers and haven't done mail order plants before.

The flowers I like  are all SEEDLINGS (Euphorbia Oblongata, Salvia viridus Blue & Cerinthe) and I'm not sure what to do with  them. Can they go straight into the garden or do I have to let them grow into bigger plants indoors  before I plant them out? I don't have a green house.

Thank you.


  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 10,336

    If they're seedlings then they will need to be put into pots with some good compost and grow on somewhere bright for a few weeks and away from cold nights (so a windowsill would work, but don't let them bake in the sun) and any nice day's keep them outside if while the weather is warm, but bring in at night until all chance of frost is over. Keep the compost moist, but not wet - always best to water in the morning

    Then get them used to being outside all the time and leave them somewhere sunny and sheltered outside for about 7-10 days, then you can plant them in a good sunny spot in your garden, water in well, then sit back and enjoy the flowers of your labour :)

    PS I've had quite a few plants from Sarah Raven recently  image - excelletnt quality

    Last edited: 06 April 2017 20:57:59

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  • jaffacakesjaffacakes Posts: 434

    I am growing Salvia viridus Blue & Cerinthe major from seed this year. They are pretty easy so far and i haven't had any problems (yet-fingers crossed). I have them protected in a mini greenhouse at the moment. i guess you could keep them on a sunny windowsill and take them out during the day closer the time of planting out after last frost.

  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 10,336

    Cerinthe are pretty tough and seed themselves freely, so you'll have lots of free ones next year - the seeds are quite big.
    Clary sage is also easy and tough, as is the euphorbia - go for it  - they're all quite hardy plants and they'll grow quickly this time of year

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  • Bright starBright star Posts: 1,152

    I'm a big fan of Sarah Raven too and the quality is always good, a tad pricier than most but after your first order it's usual to get 10% offers and free P&P thereaftere. I'm growing most of the above plants too.

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  • Fionabee2Fionabee2 Posts: 19

    Hi folks.

    Tthanks for replying. I think I'll go ahead and order some seedlings from Sarah R. She got a thumbs up from Which? Planting seeds feels a bit overwhelming at the moment, maybe later/next year.

  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 10,336

    Good luck Fiona - plenty of helpful folk here if you have any questions

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    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
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