We sowed our first round of spring seeds a few weeks back. They are mostly flowers and herbs, and one or two veggies. The lupins began sprouting within a week, followed by the borage and dill, the parsley and, just recently the leeks.
There is still nothing from the cone flowers, the bergamont or the luffas and only one tiny sprout from the lemon balm. It was the same last year – I couldn’t get any of these seeds to grow.
So here’s my burning question…
Is there a trick to growing cone flowers, bergamont, lemon balm and luffa from seed???
Help me oh green thumbed gardener people!
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I so wish I could help but as a novice gardener myself, I don’t even know what cone flowers, bergamont or luffa are.
I love the idea of using your loo rolls to plant the seedlings though – a new one for me.
I think I remember there was a good bit about growing luffa on Down To Earth (http://down—to—earth.blogspot.com/)
With the bergamot and cone flowers (assume you mean Echinacea?) store them in the fridge and just before planting pop them in the freezer for a week or two, then plant them. In the US the seeds are shed direct into the ground after flowering but don’t pop up till after winter. Other things to check if you’re already doing that would be soil type, acidity and sowing depth being too shallow/too deep?
How exciting. My daugther is made about flowers and growing stuff. we might have to give this a try.