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1. I got some Gypsophilia Elegans and Cornflower seeds, on the packets it says sow in the spring but may also sowen August/September for flowering the following spring.
I sowed some of each last week in seed trays and already they are about an inch high.

What do I do with them? if I leave them outside surley the frost will kill them or do I keep them in an unheated greenhouse?

2. I also planted some spring bulbs they too are starting to show.

3. I received some Crocosmia Lucifer bulbs today, do I plant them in large containers outside now or keep them cool and dry and plant them in the spring?

I think that's all for now.



The crocosmia can be planted immediately in the ground or in containers and left outside.
Spring bulbs should have been planted outside, not in.
The gypsophilia and cornflower, when they say plant in autumn, they mean outside, where they are to flower - they would have germinated when conditions were right - next Spring, not now.

9 Sep, 2011


Once again Bamboo thank you for your advice.

I am a complete novice at this gardening game but am learning all the time.

One thing though, the spring bulbs are outside.

Crocs going in on Sunday, and as I only used half a packet of each of the seeds, no great loss but a lesson learned.

9 Sep, 2011


If the spring bulbs are popping up now but you planted them outside, just leave them alone - hopefully they'll stop growing and still give you a spring show.

9 Sep, 2011


I'd cover the spring bulbs with some leaf mould or litter to protect them. Did you plant them deeply enough?

9 Sep, 2011


Think so MG, as they are in containers I will cover with more compost to make sure and to protect them a bit.

It is hard work making all these mistakes, but I am learning.

10 Sep, 2011


Bulbs need to be buried three times the depth of the actual bulb to allow them to grow properly. In containers it is often better to plant a little deeper than that. There are exceptions to this but most spring flowering bulbs will respond well to this treatment.

10 Sep, 2011

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