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Growing / Re: First seed germinated 2018
« Last post by Peter Kohn on March 16, 2018, 08:45:54 AM »
Fascinating Ian. Have never tried this approach with meconopsis seeds but Trish does start a few 'awkward customers' on unbleacheds kitchen towel plastic Petri Dishes wetted with bottled water. This has been effective with on or two seeds that we have never germinated conventionally.
Growing / Re: First seed germinated 2018
« Last post by IanScott on March 12, 2018, 06:51:01 PM »
For the last 2 years my own M. punicea seed has not germinated, not even in the following year.  As the seed was plump and looked fertile, was it the seed or the compost or what? 

So, last September, I took a small plastic container (ex M&S desert), placed a layer of kitchen towel in the bottom, added tap water and microwaved it until the water boiled.  Tipped out most of the water, allowed it to cool and dumped the seed on top.  Then covered with clingfilm held on with an elastic band and left it in my unheated greenhouse over winter.  Ten seeds have germinated so far, and have been removed very carefully to modules of sterilised compost before the root grows too long.

First signs of germination with M. psilonomma and M. sino-maculata.  A long way to go yet, but at least the seed is fertile.
Species / Re: Meconopsis staintonii
« Last post by Peter Kohn on March 03, 2018, 04:51:24 PM »
As a footnote I should say that I have another generation of 'M. staintonii albiflora' from Ian's original seeds (don't know why they failed in year 2 but have germinated in year 3: we have other seeds which have germinated poorly for years which have germinated well this year. Seems that the exact sequences of warmer and cold temperatures might possibly be the key as we use a fairly standard approach to seed sowing)

The 'lemon-yellow' staintonii progeny had done well up to the arrival of the snow and ice - we have had difficulties with the rosette-formers in pots in previous years but 'albiflora' and 'lemon-yellow' seem to be tougher though it remains to see how they are after they emerge from beneath the snow.
Growing / Re: Where to move plants to ??
« Last post by grahamfx on March 02, 2018, 09:20:27 AM »
The greenhouse has managed to stay mainly above freezing, it normally stays about 4 degrees above the outside temperature, lowest we had outside was
-5 the greenhouse stayed at -0.5, so I'm really trying to keep it frost free if possible as there are tender cuttings like osteospernums in there.
Growing / Re: Watering from below
« Last post by Blue Stu on March 01, 2018, 01:42:54 PM »
Someone once told me that if plants were meant to be watered from below then rain would fall upwards but I've read that snowmelt in the spring running down a slope waters & feeds the plants - obviously from below.
I always water seedlings from below even with robust vegetables etc as its easy to knock them down & they end up lying on damp compost. which encourages disease & slugs.
As some of my seeds were germinating this year & the roots were visible but not much leaf growth I thinly sieved some compost over them as I used to do with primulas. To settle the compost I sprayed cooled boiled rainwater over them on what passes here for a sunny afternoon in february so they weren't sitting in cold damp air.

Growing / Re: Watering from below
« Last post by Peter Kohn on March 01, 2018, 01:33:37 PM »
Using capillary matting when you aren't around to water is obviously a great help. We just have so many plants to look after that we just can't leave them during the summer months (except if we can persuade someone else to take over).
Growing / Re: Watering from below
« Last post by grahamfx on March 01, 2018, 10:41:43 AM »
I've had a few seedlings slowly turning brown and dying off, not sure if this is damping off ?? Other seedlings in the same tray seem unaffected ?? I grew quite a few from seed last year and watered from above and as you've suggested have had no problems, I was trying the capillary matting to perhaps help with watering during holidays or if I'm away for a weekend
Growing / Re: Watering from below
« Last post by Peter Kohn on March 01, 2018, 10:37:36 AM »
Yes, Graham. This is repeatedly given advice but I have no evidence that it is correct advice. Damping off has never been a problem for us.
Growing / Where to move plants to ??
« Last post by grahamfx on March 01, 2018, 10:02:56 AM »
At the moment all my seedlings are in an unheated greenhouse, all seem ok, after they are potted up into individual pots over the next few weeks where should they go ?? Was thinking of moving them outside to a cold frame which can be covered against the worst of the rain and frost and can also be covered with shade netting should we ever get any sun !! If hard frosts are forecast was going to cover with fleece in the cold frame and then put the lids on.
Growing / Re: Watering from below
« Last post by grahamfx on March 01, 2018, 09:59:11 AM »
From what I've read the advice seems to be to water small seedlings from below, I've read somewhere that if there is water actually on the seedlings this can cause damping off ?? I'm trying capillary matting this year and it seems to be working well so far.
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