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Allium Christophii seeds - need to put seed tray in the fridge...?

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Erebus Sat 21-Sep-13 19:33:36

For '3-5 weeks'??! I just read that such seeds need to be cooled (3-5 deg C) to increase the likelihood of germination.

Do I really have to put the seed tray in the fridge for that long??!

Anyone else done that?

Rhubarbgarden Sun 22-Sep-13 08:03:42

Put the seed packet in the fridge; do the chilling before you sow the seeds in the seed tray.

Erebus Sun 22-Sep-13 09:10:51

I was wondering if I could do that- I'd never heard of anyone having to put the seed tray itself into the fridge!


Rhubarbgarden Sun 22-Sep-13 13:16:01

Ah, I see - they need moisture as well as cold. In that case I'd do what it says and put the whole seed tray in the fridge. it's a bit of a faff though

If seeds are complicated to germinate like this I tend to buy them as plants instead <unhelpful> although it is extra rewarding when you get a crop of plants after faffing around to such an extent!

Erebus Sun 22-Sep-13 15:02:43

It's a bloody nuisance

I have to ask myself if it's worth the effort! grin

I may just do a half size seed tray and see how I go with it. I may have to chuck out 'use by Jan 2007' jars of mint sauce etc to make room, mind....

funnyperson Sun 22-Sep-13 19:09:10

Erebus it is probably better (and years quicker) to get the bulbs

cantspel Sun 22-Sep-13 19:50:12

poundland were selling Allium Christophii for 5 bulbs for a £.

Not really worth filling up your fridge with seed trays at that price.

Erebus Sun 22-Sep-13 23:00:08

Blimey! Off I go to Poundland!

I like a challenge with seeds but not the extent, maybe, that my Pinot Grigio will budge over to make room in the fridge! grin

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