Growing-on plug plants advice.

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Goosegirl

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Growing-on plug plants advice.
« on: February 25, 2024, 09:17 »
Apart from trying John Innes No. 2 this year, I'm reluctant to pot about 130 flower plug plants only for them to get stymied by last year's frosts. I put them in a mini-GH in my main GH but some survived ok. I was wondering about putting the trays into our downstairs bedroom right by the patio doors (a well-known singer - ha!) but know they will get drawn towards the light. I also know I'll have to harden them off to a certain extent in my mini-GH but I've got some fleece stuff that I can use to put over it. What do you reckon?
I work very hard so don't expect me to think as well.

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Re: Growing-on plug plants advice.
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2024, 09:48 »
When I had loads I used to grow them in front of my dining room window (so not super warm) on one of those 4 tier mini greenhouse frames, and turn the trays around 180' every morning. It worked ok for me.

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Re: Growing-on plug plants advice.
« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2024, 09:43 »
I have two of those mini ones and could put them in there to give them something of a settling-in with the John Innes No. 2 I've decided to use. Once I see some more growth I'll take my chances and put the mini-GHs in my main GH. Does that make sense?

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Re: Growing-on plug plants advice.
« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2024, 10:13 »
Did you mean Patty O'Dors who was a friend of Ruby Murray?

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Re: Growing-on plug plants advice.
« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2024, 17:39 »
we buy in about 13 trays  of bedding plants each year but we don't have them delivered till April because we have unheated greenhouses and we to have to put flees over the plants at night as it tends to get a bit cold overnight till the plants get established and  the weather warms up we've ordered 6 bedding varieties this year and then as the weather warms up we have to put shading on the greenhouses to stop the UV rays burning the plants

we used to buy our bedding plants earlier when we heated the greenhouses but it became to expensive to heat our  greenhouses so good luck with your bedding Goosy 

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Goosegirl

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Re: Growing-on plug plants advice.
« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2024, 08:18 »
My GH is unheated but I have some fleece that I'll cut up so as to make a cover for the mini GHs. Last year my plug plants were rather late in arriving so I've just bitten the bullet and got my order in a bit earlier.

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Re: Growing-on plug plants advice.
« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2024, 00:03 »
I've been trying to find plug beetroot, but no one seems to be selling them yet

I'm trying plug plant beetroot and carrots,
The birds ate all my seeds last year, despite being under a fleece, no idea how they got under it though
It's all about the journey, not the destination

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Re: Growing-on plug plants advice.
« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2024, 18:32 »
I find that slugs eat them rather than birds
I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days all attack me at once...

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Re: Growing-on plug plants advice.
« Reply #8 on: March 15, 2024, 22:08 »
Mine were in pots, so no slugs seen, but I saw sparrows picking at them

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Re: Growing-on plug plants advice.
« Reply #9 on: March 23, 2024, 11:15 »
Just potted up about 80 plug plants in John Innes 2 but didn't want to faff around by mixing it with any peat free stuff. Looks ok but kept the watering to a minimum as it will retain it far better than peat free alone.



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