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Geraniums from seed.

ARE you keen to get started sowing seeds? If so there are a few things you can sow over the next couple of weeks.

The message, however, must be only sow it if you can handle it. By this I mean that if you have not got the facilities for growing on your young seedlings such as a heated greenhouse then don't rush into things yet!

I like to sow geraniums in late January or February as most varieties need 16 weeks to make good plants for planting out in late May or early June.

Without a greenhouse I would turn to the Multibloom type which only need 12 to 14 weeks to make a reasonable plant. For bedding out I still prefer the Dentury series, you can buy mixes but I prefer to use single colours.

With the price of seed it is essential to make sure you get good germination. Use a good quality seed sowing compost and pour sufficient compost to overfill a three and a half inch pot. Use a piece of wood with a sawing action to cut off the surface and surplus compost.

Next open your seed packet and space sow your seed. Now lightly cover them with a maximum of a quarter of an inch of compost which again in turn is lightly firmed. Place labelled pots of seed in a shallow tray of water for three or four minutes and allowto drain.

Seedlings need good light and constant checking.
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Date:Feb 15, 1998
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