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By Gattina

Bologna, Italy It

I have just got several packets of perennials seed from the UK through the post, and the directions say "sow at once". These are mostly Artemisias, a Stachys lanata, and some Geranium pratense. Given that we have daytime temperatures here at the moment barely ever lower than 35°c and more like 40°c quite a lot of the time, and night time ones of not less than 28°c, and these are likely to continue this way for at LEAST another month, does anyone have any advice as to whether I should wait and sow a bit later - say September/October, or even wait until spring? I don't really have room in the fridge for so many pots!



I am a firm believer of the 'sow at once' method, Gattina, but I live in a cool, moist climate. If you manage to germinate your seed quickly they are just going to shrivel in the heat. I think that your idea of waiting until the weather cools a bit is a good one. Do you have a lot of each seed? If so, you could maybe sow some next month and the rest in January (rather than spring).

3 Aug, 2012


I'd certainly 'hedge my bets' with these. Most seeds are sent in quantities that you would never need even if only half germinated. I seem to remember that it can get pretty cold in January where you are (or am I thinking of somebody else?) so, I'd do more or less what Bulbaholic recommends, but leave the second lot until more clement weather is on the way, maybe March, but only you can decide that.

3 Aug, 2012


No, you are right, Sarra, Winters can be and often are very cold here. There's not a lot of seed (these days is there ever?) but probably enough to do the "belt and braces" sowing you both suggest. I do have cooler cellars, but these are dark, and probably not at all the conditions a little seedling would like to find itself in. Bulba, the Artemisia, in particular are supposed to germinate very rapidly, as far as I can see, so I think you are absolutely right, next month and Spring sowings, and crossed fingers for a cooler autumn, a gentle winter and an early spring.
Such rapid, considered, well argued reasoning here. Thank you both so much. Where else could one find a service like this. Viva Goy!

3 Aug, 2012


sow half now keep half for later if it dosnt work out

4 Aug, 2012

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