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tell me how you plant out

Posted by ellenr 7A NJ (My Page) on
Sun, May 11, 14 at 12:47

I scattered mullein seeds in containers, and they all sprouted! I've got like a million seeds. lol
I should have given it some thought, bec. one single mullein plant is really big, maybe 2 ft across.
so what I've been doing is - I plant them out in small clumps, and as they get a little bigger, I pull them apart. In this case it doesn't matter if I lose some.

but with others, I hate to lose a single sprout.
It's cuz when I sow them I am lazy, I really should sow them singly if I want to keep every single sprout.

So with my salvia, for ex, which also sprout very thickly, I'm gonna divide them into 4 quarters and leave them.

I'd like to hear about how others plant out - do you do singly, or groups, or do you sow singly?


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RE: tell me how you plant out

It depends on the plants. I planted the poppies HOS, just divided the container into four clumps. I did the same with my marigolds, which sprouted copiously.

For the cape daisy, I separated as best I could. Did the same with the dahlia (only 3 of them) and the aster. That and the dill (HOS) and some lettuce are the only things planted out so far.


RE: tell me how you plant out

When I want to separate seedlings, I just water well the day before, then pop the whole thing out of the container and they usually fall apart easily. Just pick them up by their leaves and not by way of the stems :)


RE: tell me how you plant out

Pretty soon I'll be planting out the first container - sweet william seedlings which are about 2-3 inches tall. I usually wait until they're at least an inch or two in size. A few are planted HOS but most are planted individuallly in small groupings about 6 -12 inches apart.

I try to remember to water regularly and keep mulch back from the seedlings to discourage slugs, until they are around a foot tall. Also use sluggo or Escargo sprinkled around most seedlings, esp. Salvia, Zinnias, milkweed etc. which the slugs love and will easily decimate small seedlings.

RE: tell me how you plant out

I sow my veggies singly (tomatoes, peppers, etc.)- or really what I do is space the seeds apart in the container. I will divide the container in 4 (or 8 depending on the size) and plant two seeds per quarter, and then thin if necessary. It's pretty easy to scoop out the individual seedlings that way.

For most of my flowers, though, I prefer the hunk of seedlings method. I usually break it into 4 pieces and plant them a little spaced out so I get an even bigger clump once they're established.

RE: tell me how you plant out

I lost some salvia which I had separated out.
I think bec. I forgot to go back and water.
Usually I water everyday, after planting or separating, but I've got this health issue which is causing me to forget things.

oh well, I've got a lot more various kinds of salvia in my containers: Blue Angel Salvie, Fairy Queen Salvia, Mealy-cup Salvia. - all blue.

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