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Lupins and Echinacea Seedlings -what to do?


 
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 9:01 am    Post subject: Lupins and Echinacea Seedlings -what to do? Reply with quote

Hi, I've grown some Coneflowers (Echinacea) and Lupins from Seed this year. Just wondering what should I do with them now?

Should I plant them out, or plant a few of them into big pots and keep them in the tunnel until next spring before planting out?

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 10:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Could I add my own query to this please, as I have young poppy plants and am not sure if I should now plant them out......
Thanks for opening this subject qwerty.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 12:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would say it depends on how healthy and strong they are. If they are strong and healthy I would put them in the soil now romembering to water them in well and to continue watering in when necessary until they are established. If you leave them in the tunnel you will have to water them all winter and then you will have to harden them off after the spring for a week until they become accustomed to the cold outside. Putting them in now means that they are accustomed to the outside during warm times and gradually become hardened to the cold. Did you grow the enchina ( sorry wrong spelling ) from a packet of seeds.?
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 1:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that. Yes, I grew them from seeds I bought back in April. The Lupins I grew from seed I collected last year. I grew a few of the Lupins last September, but the hard frost last Christmas killed them off in the tunnel. Thats why I planted more in April so they would be better established by this winter. Really just experimenting with growing from seed.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 1:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting that they died in the tunnel. I have lupins in the garden which survived the frost which proves I think that they have a better chance in the open ground once you look after them after they have been planted out by watering them.
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