Summer seedlings!
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There are few things as exciting as sowing summer seeds, at least if you are plant nerds like us. We've found through trial and error that July and early August are the best times to sow things like capsicums, chillies and eggplant, which can be very slow to germinate and grow.
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These kinds of seeds need warm temperatures to break dormancy, so they won't germinate unless they stay at least 15-20 degrees until they pop up. For us that means keeping them in the warmest part of the house, and at this stage you don't need to worry if that happens to be a dark spot like on top of the fridge. As soon as they've revealed their seed leaves they do require light though, or they will become long, weak, and leggy. This punnet of Chinese Lantern capsicums popped last night, so we put it right next to the window today. It took around 12 days to germinate after we had sowed the seed.
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In the next week or two we will start to sow tomatoes as well, and once everything has formed their second set of leaves they can go out in the greenhouse to continue growing. They only require constant warmth to germinate.
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So have you got your seeds ready to go? What are you excited about growing next season?
Summer seedlings! • There are few things as exciting as sowing summer seeds, at least if you are plant nerds like us. We've found through trial and error that July and early August are the best times to sow things like capsicums, chillies and eggplant, which can be very slow to germinate and grow. • These kinds of seeds need warm temperatures to break dormancy, so they won't germinate unless they stay at least 15-20 degrees until they pop up. For us that means keeping them in the warmest part of the house, and at this stage you don't need to worry if that happens to be a dark spot like on top of the fridge. As soon as they've revealed their seed leaves they do require light though, or they will become long, weak, and leggy. This punnet of Chinese Lantern capsicums popped last night, so we put it right next to the window today. It took around 12 days to germinate after we had sowed the seed. • In the next week or two we will start to sow tomatoes as well, and once everything has formed their second set of leaves they can go out in the greenhouse to continue growing. They only require constant warmth to germinate. • So have you got your seeds ready to go? What are you excited about growing next season?
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