Next step for seedlings
Amateur Gardening|May 15, 2021
Keep an eye on them and keep them healthy, says Ruth
Ruth Hayes

WE have seedlings everywhere right now, some in their original compost, others pricked out and potted up.

Tender half-hardy varieties are on windowsills indoors or in the greenhouse, while hardy sunflowers, clary and larkspur are thriving in the mini greenhouse and cold frame.

Seedlings are vulnerable to pests and disease, so need close monitoring and regular care. Watering is best done from below, by standing your seed tray or pot in water and letting it soak up through.

Good ventilation is also important and helps avoid fungal diseases such as damping off, which can wipe out a tray of seedlings in a day. When seeds germinate, remove the lid or open the plastic bag sealed around the pot.

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