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Try Again?

Posted by evilingarnett none (My Page) on
Fri, Apr 18, 14 at 16:07

FIRST: I want to say how grateful I am for all the advice and encouragement I've gotten from all of you. Despite this:
Every single seedling I started this year died. Even my Zinnias which are usually a sure thing.
I always use indoor grown seedlings, to help me tell flowers from weeds and coz i share garden space and it's a better way of "marking territory"
MY QUESTIONS:
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should I start again with half of seedlings and sow other half outside?

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Under grow lights packets say 6-8 weeks needed b4 transplanting outside. That means I couldn't put them out till middle of June.
IS THIS A HAD AND FAST RULE OR CAN I SPEED IT UP W. GREENHOUSE KIT/FORCED GERMINATION?

I'm really sad, this was the first year I had a space w. enough sun to grow snapdragons and I was really psyched.


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RE: Try Again?

  • Posted by digdirt 6b-7a North AR (My Page) on
    Fri, Apr 18, 14 at 17:17

Zinnias will always work best direct seeded so IMO there is no question what to do there.

Snaps are slow and no you can't somehow force them. If you want them to plant at the right time - even though it is too early now - and you don't want to just direct seed them then I'd buy transplants this year.

Or you can start them from seed if you are willing to wait to plant them out sometime in late June.

Personally I'd just direct seed them.

Dave


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For me, that wouldn't work very well.

I have critters that have been bitten by irradiated spiders and that are coursing underground at high rates of speed so most direct-seeded plants in my back yard have a very short life indeed.

Zinnias can do well if you don't mess with their roots, so planting in blocks or cups or pellets can work with them if you're aiming to get them thick enough aforehand to be too much to gnaw on by little teeny mutant mouths.

BUT, the real question is why everything died, innit? What was different this year from last?


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PS:

One, greenhouse kits and lights are not really an answer. They're tools to solve particular problems and not worth diddly if you don't know what the problems really be.

Two, ignore what the packets say about germination times and maturity dates. It's all hype and the guys who write that don't know squat about you or your (micro) climate.

Speaking of which, you're on a world wide site and you don't say where you are. It's 85 degrees here and other peeps are seeing ice...


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