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How to plant lobelia seeds in hanging baskets

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user1472582572 Sun 11-Jun-17 14:41:27

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PetalMePotts Sun 11-Jun-17 15:02:42

I believe it is too late in the year now for lobelia seed. Ideally they need starting in a greenhouse in early spring as it is about 10-12 weeks from sowing until they are ready to go outside. Unless you are looking for a late summer display of course. If you are happy to wait then keep your baskets in a bucket for now. Fill with Compost and sprinkle the seed lightly on the top. Keep it moist and then hang them up once you see a good size plant emerging. Probably around mid August.

Don't be disheartened though. All the big suppliers have plug pants available, T&M, Sutton, parkers, Van Meuwan. Also lots of supermarkets and market stalls will have ready grown plugs and plants that you can put on your baskets immediately.

If you want seeds that germinate quickly then it is not too late for nasturtiums and Calendula seeds.

user1472582572 Sun 11-Jun-17 18:20:51

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PetalMePotts Sun 11-Jun-17 18:53:26

Plug plants are easier and quicker, some one else has done the hardest bit of germination and nursing through the tender stage. There is huge variety to choose from at the moment.

user1472582572 Sun 11-Jun-17 19:12:23

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PetalMePotts Sun 11-Jun-17 20:20:32

First decide on the what appeals to you with regard to colours and size. There are lots of ideas on Pinterest and the like so see what grabs on there.

If you looking for a big riot of colour, use blousy plants that make a massive impact.
Surfima, petunias, geraniums pelargonium, Begonias, verbena, nemesis, fuschia, lobelia And million bells. Any or all will do well together and are readily available.

If you are looking for something more subtle and. prettier then go for pastels and softness. it is better to keep to the same hue, with whites and greens greens to show of the colours.. if you think it is too insipid then add a darker colour to punch it up. Soft lavender colours, pale blues, pale pinks are relaxing . Choose plants like pelargonium, begonias, pretty blue fuschia, Bacopta, trailing Ivy and lobelia.

Put your basket into a bucket so that it is supported and fill with good Compost. Cut holes in the liner and plant however you like. There are no rules. Because they only need to last one summer they don't mind being crammed in. Once you are happy, water well and leave for a week before you hang up basket. This gives the plants and soil a chance to settle and to add any more plants if you don't think there are enough. In about 4 weeks give the plants a feed with tomato feed or seaweed feed. The. Feed with a week feed fortnightly. The secret f good hanging baskets is dead heading and watering.

PetalMePotts Sun 11-Jun-17 20:22:40

A weak feed I mean. That last sentence was confusing.

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