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Rachel's Journal

Rachel's Journal

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Hardening

24 March 2010 17:41:18
Cosmos bipannatus

Cosmos bipannatus

Encouraged by the success of a single tray of Cosmos in the greenhouse since 22nd, I have now moved all 5 of my Cosmos trays to the greenhouse. I also moved out a tray of Marigolds, Myrtle's mini-tray of Cosmos and Krista's mini-tray of Astrantia.

Night temperatures have been warm - a minimum of 4.6 since they went out.

Obviously it's great to move things out of the kitchen, but the best thing about half hardening seedlings by moving them to the greenhouse is that they start to straighten up. The photo shows the tray that has been hardening since 22nd.

The most dangerous part in bringing a tray of seedlings out is the journey from the kitchen to the greenhouse. My Cosmos are mostly prostrate so I could not protect them with a lid for this short journey - one gust of wind and that would have been the end of them. But luckily that didn't happen.

Obviously I'll be keeping a sharp eye on temperatures, moisture levels and which windows get opened. But it is good to be moving in the right direction.


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unagrant unagrant 24 March 2010 17:51:35

Thats such a positive thing to hear.  That is great Rachel, glad someone has taken the plunge, I myself was not brave enough yet.  Everything is tucked up indoors still.


Myrtle Myrtle 24 March 2010 19:16:18

I have put some things in the coldframe last night and today, but kept back some of each JUST IN CASE! Look after those cosmos Rachel! :)


Krista Krista 24 March 2010 19:22:38

Mine are in the tunnel since yesterday. Do thy always get that tall? Mine looks the same. I sown 2 more trays of them. By the way if you wrote me a message - I can't open it. All other links are fine just inbox wouldn't open for me.


Jacinta Jacinta 24 March 2010 19:43:02

Great stuff with your cosmos. My first sowing of sweet peas have been a success, so far. Out in the open now for the last week, night and day. Going to try putting out Marigold 'Colossus' into the greenhouse tomorrow during the day.


Krista Krista 24 March 2010 19:52:03

Marigolds are very tough. Mine will be left in the tunnel almost as soon as they will germinate.


HeadGardener HeadGardener 24 March 2010 21:54:52

Looks good Rachel have started moving stuff out myself to my hot area in the greenhouse. I have'nt grown a single cosmos this year I can't locate the seed I got last year but was fed up with white anyway. And today finally I saw my first astrantia seedlings pop up brilliant! Well I hope there astrantia and not some weed that made it's way in there instead.. it's been known to happen :-)


Rachel Rachel 25 March 2010 00:06:42

I'll take good care of those Cosmos for you. Don't worry, Myrtle. Just trying to get them to stand up a bit better for you : )


Rachel Rachel 25 March 2010 00:14:40

I think sweet pea are dead tough, Jacinta. Mine germinated out in the greenhouse and seem just fine.

Krista, I just sent you the message by email. As for Cosmos bipannatus, I alwasy find they grow gangly and tall. But nothing compared to how they take off when you put them in the ground! I too found Cosmos and Marigolds quite tough last year. Had them out down to 5 degrees.

Bill, I just loved that Cosmos 'Purity' we both grew last year. Don't know how you could be fed up with it. You mustn't be inheritantly posh at all : )

 


Johnplotman Johnplotman 25 March 2010 09:40:23

On the move to the outer world of gardening Rachel.The weather wanted by all gardeners.Good advice on the half hardening off of seedlings


HeadGardener HeadGardener 25 March 2010 13:41:03

Rachel, I'm very proud of my working class roots I'll have you know :-) As my late mother would say "It far from Cosmos purity you were raised" :-)


Rachel Rachel 25 March 2010 21:39:45

Thanks, John.

You wre probably raised far from Tetrapanax and Colocasia too, bill. Doesn't stop you though : ) Good luck tomorrow.


HeadGardener HeadGardener 25 March 2010 22:43:03

Rachel I was and my Mam would give me a slap on the back of he head for using Latin to boot :-) 


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