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Getting your seeds to grow

Getting seeds to germinate can take patience and time however the rewards can be far greater than the effort put in. We do provide brief guides with each variety and also on each pack. The most important things to get right are temperature and water. To much or to little of each can result in porr results or even no germination at all.


The type of compost we recommend would be an industry standard seed type - this is very different from the Multipurpose types which are commonly seen in shops and garden centres. Mutlipurpose compost can be fine for the plants when they are stronger and more mature but as seedlings they are very susceptible to many diseases etc.  Seed compost reduces the risk of Damping off and other common problems.


Watering is also very important - to much and you run the risk of drowning the seedlings to little and they will not be able to germinate and then grow on. We find the best way is to sow the seeds on a moist (not bone dry) compost and then place the trays / pots in a tray of water and allow this to soak through - stand them ion the side to drain for 20 mins and then place them in there final position ie a propagator.

Do not allow the compost to become to dry during germination or get tempted to overwater. - if the compost is moist on the surface and you have followed the guide above then all should be fine.


Temperature is also very important - The quoted temps on each lisitng are both Day and Night temps. having a day time temp of 20 deg is fine but if at night this falls to 10 deg then germination can be halted.
Windowsills are great for germination but remember that at night the temps can get very low. Moving the seeds to a more stable temp is recommended.


Cleanliness is a very frequently overlooked issue in Horticulture and can lead to a variety of problems . Sterilising the pots and trays and propagators after each use cannot be be recommended enough. If these have been stored for the winter then follow the same procedure prior to re-using. 

Helping germination

Some varieties require a chilling period or stratification prior to sowing or during the course of germination. This is simply giving the seeds a period of cold as nature would in order to get them to germinate. This is especially true for Meconopsis varieties which are even for the more experienced growers a struggle at times.
The best method we have found is to sow the seeds as normal and then place any varieties that need stratification in the fridge for a period ranging from 2 weeks to several months and repeating this if necessary