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Rachel's Journal

Rachel's Journal

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Ticking Over

16 March 2010 21:41:46
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crocus

Today had to be spent doing other things so I got no gardening in.

I did, however, put time aside in the morning for a close inspection and careful watering of all my seedlings. They are all doing well and have really picked up this last week - whether its the extra light or heat or what!

The exception is one tray of Zinnias, where individual, sturdy 2" seedlings decide for no reason that they don't like life and die, stem first! But I have read that Zinnias can be picky - quick to germinate but tricky thereafter. Also two of my larger Ricinus plants are quite bent double because of soft stems, despite staking.

Later on I did manage to get a few trays sowed - all my remaining Arisaema, a tray of Monarda didyma (red) and two trays of Callistephus chinensis from Olga. I started with my favourite Aster colour - a deep sumptuous red : ) I just love red. Can't wait.


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Jacinta Jacinta 16 March 2010 21:43:19

Mmmmm that Aster sounds gorgeous.


Cloncaw Cloncaw 16 March 2010 21:57:05

It's a tricky business these seedlings, I have sowed 2 lots of Cosmos Seashells Red and both germinated quickly appeared to be doing okay although I think the demise of the first lot was because they were moved into too cool an environment but the second have also gone, not sure what I've done wrong. The other cosmos at the moment are okay so fingers crossed and will sow some more of Seashells. Any tips on what to do?


Rachel Rachel 16 March 2010 22:04:38

Not really, Geraldine. One thing I have noticed about Cosmos seedlings is how they flop around the place for a long time. You can be tempted to just ditch them because it's hard to believe that they will ever stand up. But they do!


Jacinta Jacinta 16 March 2010 22:07:36

I potted mine on for the second time the night before last night and so far they are looking a lot better. But yea, they had been looking a bit sickly before that.


Rachel Rachel 16 March 2010 22:13:02

I don't know how big your Cosmos are, Jacinta, or how small your seed tray was. But, with the 24 cell trays, I would tend to leave mine in the cells until long after they straighten up.


fraoch fraoch 16 March 2010 22:25:21

I tried Zinnias once or twice but was never successful. Didn't realise they were difficult.


Gismo1981 Gismo1981 17 March 2010 00:06:30

Its like a little creche trying to look after all these seedlings.


Jacinta Jacinta 17 March 2010 00:10:43

And I was never a good enough mother. Oh the sooner the weather warms up, the better. My brain is frazzled with what to do with them all.


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