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#1 Richard Bunn

 
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Posted 13 July 2012 - 20:16 PM

I've gone back through the Ping pages for years and can't find any information on this.

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As can be predicted my greenhouse still isn't up due to weather. When I bought my grandiflora rosea seeds from Ada he mentioned putting them under the greenhouse staging. Unable to do this I've worked around it by putting the small-ish seed tray in a mini propagator. The lid doesn't go on right as the seed tray is too big so I've wired it. In order to stop them frying I've put them in the part of the yard that gets no sun and it's stood in water.

I got some of Daniel G's grandiflora seeds and sowed them today in a seed tray that I've put in a shallow tray of water. Unfortunately I don't have any propagator and am worried about them being washed away in this rain. Can anyone give some advice on sowing temperate ping seeds outdoors?

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 20:27 PM

I Have a mini bog with just P. grandiflora in, they have been in there for 9 years and the seed never fails to germinate outside every year without any special care :)

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 20:47 PM

Won't the rain bask my fresh peat/perlite/sand (2,1,1) mix around and bury the seeds? I didn't firm it down.

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Posted 14 July 2012 - 10:21 AM

it will do yes if its loose medium, have you got a cold frame you can put them in to prevent them getting washed away?

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Posted 14 July 2012 - 10:59 AM

The seeds will germinate fine uncovered, but as others have said they will get disturbed, washed away on occasion, and mixed into other pots adjacent by the action of the rain… and blackbirds, they love rooting around in uncovered pots. You are better preventing rain from hitting the compost, either in a coldframe, or any other sort of rigged covering, but you also want good ventilation so enclosing them a propagator is not the best solution in that respect.

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Posted 14 July 2012 - 12:26 PM

Thanks guys. So does anybody have an suggestions about rigging up something? I bought a couple of B&Q coldframes last year and when the first wind came they were blown to pieces so I'm reluctant to set up one of those again.

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Posted 14 July 2012 - 12:38 PM

How about a home-made wooden framework, with plastic attached to the top (slightly angled) and netting attached to the sides to allow good ventilation?



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Posted 14 July 2012 - 13:13 PM

I wish Stephen but I'm physically not able to build that.

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Posted 14 July 2012 - 13:16 PM

I've put them under the patio table. Will that do? The table can't blow away as it has a load of CP's on top in water trays.