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    That's great NG, thank you I've been a bit early in packing mine, but just wanted to clear all the pots of seeds off the window sills.
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    1. Norfolkgrey - Incarvillea, Calendula - Snow Princess, Sweet Pea - Percy Thrower
    2. Sparrow100 - dahlia, cosmos, cerinthe, nigella
    3. Scarlet - rudbeckia and monbretia
    4. WPG - Thalictrum aquilegiafolium, himilayan blue poppy, snapdragon liberty crimson, erigeron karviniskanus, clary blue denim and aquilegia double winky

    Just checking who is in and if anyone else wants to join. I will close the circle the circle on Mon 13th Nov. One variety is acceptable if that is all you have
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    This circle is now closed for this year. There are 4 in the circle and pm's have been sent
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    Mine are bagged up and ready to go.....I'm just waiting on some herbs not done very well unfortunately.
    I've got the red monbretia, goats beard, black snakeroot - which is a fabulous plant and also Veronica. These seeds are like dust, I've checked that there are seeds in there with my magnifying googles, believe me there are some in there probably best sprinkle those in with some sand to spread evenly?

    I've also got lupins again if anyone is interested? Different plants....I just don't want to spend time bagging up if you don't need any.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WPG View Post
    Yes, they were started from seed in early spring three years ago, and have flowered since their second year. The seed heads had very few seeds in, so I'm afraid there's only a pinch of seed for each.

    I'm fairly sure I used the fridge to start them off - sown on surface of a seed tray with thin vermiculite on top, put into a plastic bag and left at the back of the fridge for a couple of weeks. Then I left the tray in the cold frame outside and the seedlings appeared a few weeks later.

    I do remember the seedlings were tiny and didn't seem to get any bigger for quite a long time. Most of them either dampened off or got eaten by slugs, so I only got two viable plants in the end, but I do love them. When planted out they like a damp and semi shade position. The slugs seem to love them too, so I keep copper bands around the base. Other than that they've been very low maintenance plants.
    Hi,
    I have been signposted to you. I will be trying to grow the blue poppy this year. Is vermiculite organic?
    Or can I use any acidic compost?

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    Quote Originally Posted by carly View Post
    Hi,
    I have been signposted to you. I will be trying to grow the blue poppy this year. Is vermiculite organic?
    Or can I use any acidic compost?
    Vermiculite is a mineral and as far as I am aware it is ph neutral.

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    Hi Carly
    I don't think the sowing compost needs to be acidic - I tend to just use shop-bought seed compost but I usually add quite a lot of drainage into it, either grit, perlite or vermiculite.

    Meconopsis seeds are tiny, and need a spell of cold and also light to germinate. I sowed them on the top of the soil, but just added a thin sprinkle of vermiculite to stop them drying out. I'm not sure the vermiculite was necessary to be honest - just don't cover the seeds with soil as they need light.

    I'd also put them in the fridge for a few weeks to give them the 'winter experience' which they need to get going (though the seedlings didn't appear until a few weeks after the fridge).

    I think now is a good time to sow, in my experience they took a long long time to grow into seedlings, and they won't flower until the following year. The most annoying thing was, at one stage I had about 20 good seedlings, but then virtually all of them were eaten in one night by a slug. So make sure to put your seedlings in a place which slugs can't reach, or put a strip of the adhesive copper tape around the pots.

    Good luck!
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    Sorry for the delay. Your seeds are now winging their way to you. Thank you for support and kindness
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