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bigemrg

Enthusiastic gardener interested in growing all types of flowers for enjoyment and photographic purposes! www.iangrainger.co.uk

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  • Season Icon Early SpringEarly Spring 2019
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bigemrg

Good afternoon all! Had an enjoyable morning in the garden doing various tasks of which one was finally getting my Sweet Pea seeds sown! Quite a few of them had already germinated in the fridge so I'm expecting good results again this year! Now, time for a beer or three methinks! 😀🍻 #sweetpea

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linfoster

Well it’s Friday Ian 🤪

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jendren

Very organised Ian. You shame me 🙁

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ublaszko

Well done! Mine did well just straight in the moist compost but I covered them with cling film to keep the moisture in.

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bigemrg

Okay GTers, I've done my first gardening related task of the year this afternoon! My Sweet Pea seeds did very well last year so I decided to use the same method to get them to germinate this year! For those who don't know or remember what I did - I wrap them up in a wet paper towel, put them in a plastic bag and then pop them in the fridge! Then check on them weekly until they sprout! 😀 #sweetpea #seed

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bigemrg

-I have five varieties this year. 1. Little Red Riding Hood 2. Terry Wogan 3. Vera Lynn 4. Champagne Bubbles and 5. Charlie's Angel 😍

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rachelbrooks

Like the sound of Champagne Bubbles 🥂

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bigemrg

@rachelbrooks - I'm quite curious to see what Terry Wogan turns out like myself! 😀

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rachelbrooks

It’ll probably have a little combover! 😂

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ublaszko

I don't do anything with mine 😅 Just plonk them in compost and cover with cling film to keep the moisture and warmth in. Voilà! 😅

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bigemrg

@rachelbrooks - Hehe! Probably! 😀

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bigemrg

@ublaszko - I've tried all ways of getting them started over the years, but I think this way has worked best for me so far! We'll see in about three weeks time! 😀

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ublaszko

Will keep a note of it in case this year's seeds are being stubborn 😁

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bigemrg

@ublaszko - If I remember correctly I had 100% germination rate for one packet of annual peas last year using this method, but the perennial ones were more like 30%! However, I've had as little as 10% using a method similar to the one you described! 😀

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ublaszko

I only did 6 seeds last year and got 5 to germinate 😊 Hoping to repeat that this year 😆👍

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bigemrg

@ublaszko - That's a great return Urszula! Good luck with this year's crop! 😀

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bigemrg

Good afternoon all! Finally got my #sweetpea seeds sown after preparing them in the fridge for about four weeks! Interestingly, of the two varieties, 100% of the Midnight Blue seeds germinated, but only about 25% of the Pink Pearl seeds showed shoots! I've sown them all though and we'll see what happens! Think I deserve a pint or three now! 😀🍻

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pelly

Oh I think you most certainly do 🍺🍺 I must check mine after work.

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AnnikasGarden

I use the method advised by English Sweetpeas website which is to germinate the seeds on wet kitchen towel under polyethene in the airing cupboard. This way I only sow the ones that have actually germinated.

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terrimclaughlin

@bigemrg love that great idea of germination. Thxs for sharing I’m going to do the rest of mine that way. I think it’s also much better and easier in the long run🤗🤗👍🏻😊💕 Also like your individual containers you have

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Keely

Wow well done great work enjoy your pint 🍺🍺

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gauravsh6

Do you put any rooting hormone for germination. Pink Pearl ones.

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bigemrg

@pelly - How are yours coming along Jane? 😀

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bigemrg

@AnnikasGarden - Well essentially that's what I've done, put seeds in a wet coffee filter, sealed in a polythene bag, but placed in the fridge instead of the airing cupboard! 😀

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bigemrg

@terrimclaughlin - Thanks Terri! The individual containers are toilet roll inner tubes! 😀

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bigemrg

@Keely - Thanks Keely! I did! 😀

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bigemrg

@gauravsh6 - No, thought you needed roots for rooting powder! 😀

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pelly

I usually check them on Sunday but I forgot yesterday, I will have a look soon and let you know Ian. 🤔🤔

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  • Season Icon Mid WinterMid Winter 2018
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bigemrg

Good afternoon all! After three weeks in the fridge, wrapped in a wet coffee filter, my sweet pea seeds are showing some #signsoflife finally! Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend! 😀 #sweetpea #seed #germination

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godfreye

Hi Ian your seeds are looking really good 🤗🐟

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juliesgarden

All look like they’ve got noses 🤣🤣

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mikethegardener

@bigemrg Afternoon Ian. Wet & grey 😬😬. Hope things better ‘up the road’ but somehow think not!!

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pelly

Oh brilliant, I’ve just checked mine, some have germinated, still some to go, but I did mine later than you. This is so exciting Ian. Thanks for the idea. 👍👍😍

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jadojado29

Oh wow Ian @bigemrg Brilliant will have to check mine tomorrow think I did them about a week ago. Excited now to see how they are coming along thanks for the tip 👍

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nessas

Brilliant Mr doing a little experiment with sweet peas sooo the question is are they all sprouting🤔🤔 as mine that I planted 3 weeks ago tomorrow first started sprouting yesterday these ones I just put into sowing compost and put into the greenhouse 12 of them have germinated so far..I have some that I soaked in water and potted up Wednesday just trying to see which method is the quickest 😬😬👍🏻

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bigemrg

@godfreye - Thanks Enid! I'm very pleased with their progress! 😀

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bigemrg

@juliesgarden - Hehe! I thought that the top right one looked like a rubber duck from the top! 😀

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bigemrg

@mikethegardener - Evening Mike! After a completely dry couple of days the rain returned today and didn't stop! 😀

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bigemrg

@pelly - Nearly all of mine have germinated Jane, which is great news! 😀

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bigemrg

@jadojado29 - Let me know how yours are doing Suzie! Hope you're keeping warm! 😀

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bigemrg

Good afternoon all! What an awful day it has been! Hasn't stopped raining all day! I'm trying something different with my Sweet Pea seeds this year! I usually soak them, but I'm giving them a go in the fridge this year and I'm hoping they'll germinate more quickly! They've been in there a week so far, but no luck yet! Thanks to Jenn @jennlamaye for the idea! 😀

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jennlamaye

Give them a few more days. I hope. 😉

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bigemrg

@jennlamaye - Oh yes, will do Jenn! I'm sure they'll all be sprouting in no time at all! 😀

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terrimclaughlin

Two yrs. ago I put Pride of Barbados seeds in a baggie covered them with boiling water-1 min. Poured out the water put them in freezer 24 hrs. Then planted in shallow seeding medium. I saw that jeatacake had success with leaving some in refrigerator. They germinated right in the bag. Good luck let us know. I did mamosa tree seeds also with water etc. and have 2 beautiful trees but your method would be much easier 🤗🤗🤗🤗

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bigemrg

@terrimclaughlin - Ah, the lengths we go to to give our seeds the best start possible! I'll post an update when they eventually germinate! 😀

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nessas

Ooooo might give this ago with a few that I have left 👍🏻👍🏻

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bigemrg

@nessas - It's definitely worth giving it a try Vanessa! 😀

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jadojado29

Evening Ian @bigemrg just reading your post & would also like to give this a try how do I go about it please do I soak them first ? 🤔

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nessas

Will do Mr 👍🏻👍🏻

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bigemrg

@jadojado29 - Good evening Suzie! I wet a coffee filter, or a paper towel would also work, then dropped the seeds in straight from the packet. I then folded the filter up, placed it into a sealed plastic bag, added a label and popped them into the fridge! 😀

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jadojado29

Ok then what do I just wait, do I look at them after a certain time or do I wait and plant them when sprouted sorry for all the questions Ian @bigemrg but never tried this before sounds an interesting way 🤔 thanks for the info 😀

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bigemrg

@jadojado29 - No problem Suzie! I'm checking on mine once a week and will plant them when I see them start to sprout! 😀

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bigemrg

Good morning GTers! I didn't grow many Sweet Peas this year but those that I did have put on a lovely display and have a wonderful fragrance! Enjoy your day! 😀 #pink #sweetpea

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charlottejhurst

Morning Ian. I didn’t grow sweet peas this year. But I shall be going back to them next year 😚

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Keely

Morning Ian that's a lovely delicate pink 👌💞 have a good day nearly Friday 🙌

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bigemrg

@charlottejhurst - Good morning Charlotte! I've already got my first seeds sown for next year and another three packets to sow! 😀

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bigemrg

@Keely - Good morning Keely! Very nearly! Got to work today but have tomorrow off! Have a good one! 😀

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yodamama

Good morning Ian, have a great day. 🙋🏻

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bigemrg

@yodamama - Good morning June! You too! 😀

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mikethegardener

@bigemrg Morning Ian. Have a good 'un 😊

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bigemrg

@mikethegardener - Good morning Mike! Enjoy your day too! 😀

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christineb

Morning Ian, have a fab day 😊

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bigemrg

@christineb - Good morning Christine! Have a fabulous day too! 😀

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RayB

Good morning Ian, fab pic

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