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joslowjoslow Posts: 218

I sowed some cornflower seeds in a pot a few weeks ago, These are the seedlings, are they cornflowers ? I thought that they would be taller?

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 63,908

    Have you attached a picture?  No matter, seedlings start off very small and grow bigger.  Cornflower seedlings are little light green ferny things.

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  • joslowjoslow Posts: 218

    whoops

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  • These are not Cornflowers. Annual Cornflower has a slim silvery green leaf. Perennial Cornflower has a wider leaf.

  • AlieshAliesh Posts: 179

    look like weeds to me sorry! the leave are long and slim on cornflowers.

  • joslowjoslow Posts: 218

    See I think I have a poppy in the middle of the pot or is that a weed too?

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 63,908

    That looks like a poppy - the rest look like a mixture of Scarlet Pimpernel and Chickweed - common wild flowers/weeds on newly cultivated land

    http://www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/mag/indexmag.html?http://www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/mag/artaug03/pjscarlet.html

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stellaria_media

    Chickweed can be used as a salad leaf.

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  • joslowjoslow Posts: 218

    Thanks I can see from your link it is chickweed, will my cornflowers appear soon?

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 63,908

    Hard to tell what's going to happen because when you remove the chickweed and scarlet pimpernel it'll be hard to avoid uprooting any little cornflower seedlings.

    Do I take it that the soil/compost had been in the pot since last year and was being re-used, so that the weed seeds had got in there from last year?  Unfortunately that's a false economy - it would have been better if you'd put at least a few centimetres of fresh compost in the top of the pot before sowing your seeds, so that they didn't have to compete with weed seeds image

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  • joslowjoslow Posts: 218

    Thanks for the advice I will remember that next year.image

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 63,908

    But if you take those weeds out and leave the poppy, with a little tlc it'll probably grow big enough to fill that pot !  You could still have a glorious display image

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