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How To Grow Scabiosa From Seed – Should I Use A Seed Starting POT?

You can sow seeds of scabious directly in the garden, where they’ll germinate and grow in early spring. Alternatively you can buy a ‘seed starting pot’, which is a plastic pot you can fill with peat, compost and good-quality seed-starting mix, then plant your seedlings into the pot once they’ve sprouted. This makes it easier to transplant the seedlings to a prepared flowerbed when they’re large enough to handle. A seed starting pot is easy to make yourself using a plant pot as the base, and either a plastic cup for the filling, or a plastic bin to keep the soil together.

If you’re going to grow your scabious from seed, it’s best to sow them in small batches, rather than all at once. You can sow a few seeds every fortnight until they germinate and grow up. When the seedlings start to grow, thin them out so that they’re about 10cm apart.

The Benefits Of Using A Seed Starting Pot

A seed starting pot will make it much easier to transplant the seedlings to your garden once they’re ready to go. You can easily remove the seedlings from the pot once they’ve had a go, and set them in the ground. You won’t need to try to pot up scabious for fear of the seedlings falling over and breaking, as they’re small enough to be safely placed in the ground once they’ve germinated. You’ll also be able to tell when they’re ready to be transplanted when they begin to push up the seedling support. The seedling pots I’ve made are ideal for small seedlings that are just starting to grow. But if your scabious are bigger, you can use a regular seed starting mix and plant them directly into the garden in the autumn, when you’re ready to plant your summer bed.

Using a seed starting pot is also the ideal way to grow your scabious from seed if you have a limited supply. If you have trouble getting a decent number of scabious from your seeds, or if your seeds aren’t germinating, then growing them from seed is an ideal way to start your garden. You can then transplant the seedlings into your summer bed when they’re big enough, and begin to collect scabious.

There are plenty of advantages to growing your scabious from seed. The main one is that you can plant a few seeds every fortnight, rather than just one big potful. You can easily thin them out when they start to grow, so there’s little risk of them taking over your garden.

Where To Find Seed Starting Pot Supplies

You can buy seed starting pots from garden centres, and also from some DIY stores. If you do want to make your own, you can easily use a plant pot as the base, and use either a plastic cup for the filling, or a plastic bin to keep the soil together. Just make sure that you buy a plastic bin with a lid, and not a one that has holes.

Once you’ve bought your pots and seed starting mix, you can plant them out directly in the garden once they’ve sprouted. You can plant them in autumn when you want to grow your scabious from seed for the following season.

There’s no need to make your pots too deep, as the seedlings are only going to be planted in a few inches of soil. Your pot shouldn’t be more than 10cm deep. You could put in some dry potting compost or some sand, but it isn’t necessary.

If you’re planting your seeds into a soil-based growing mix, then you can water your pots every day, using a watering can with a fine spray nozzle. If you’re using a seedling pot, you don’t need to water them as much, as the soil will be moist enough to keep the seedlings alive.

The Best Types Of Seed Starting Pots

It’s essential that your seed-starting pot has a good drainage hole in the bottom, and that it has plenty of ventilation. To stop your seedlings getting too dry, don’t plant your seedlings straight into the pot until the soil has become dry enough to stick together. You’ll need to water your seedlings carefully, and perhaps use a hand-held sprayer. When you first put your seedlings in the pot, you’ll need to keep an eye out for any slug activity. Slugs eat the roots of seedlings, so you’ll need to protect them from any possible damage. If you’re using a scabious mix in your seed-starting pot, make sure to include plenty of grit and sand.

What To Plant In A Seed Starting Pot

You’ll need to choose your seed starting mix carefully. You don’t want it to be too wet or dry, because this could damage the seedlings. A mix containing plenty of grit and sand, along with some organic matter, is best. You should also add a generous amount of manure to the mix, as it contains some natural plant food. You don’t need to add a great deal of compost, but you don’t want the mix to be too dry either.

You could use a plastic cup as a seed-starting pot, but you’ll need to add enough water to the cup to prevent the soil drying out. Also, a cup will be too small for a scabious seedling, so you’ll need to add more compost and grit to make up for the size of the cup. You could use a plastic pot, but this will be difficult to handle when your scabious are germinating. Instead, you could use a plant pot, and plant the scabious seeds into it.

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