Return to the Cutting Garden Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
Delphs, Scabioso, Echinops. When to transplant?

Posted by anniew 4-5/PA (My Page) on
Wed, May 4, 05 at 11:28

Hi, When can I put these plants out in the field. They are in four packs now in the greenhouse that is kept at 50 at night. Must I wait until the frost free date? Thanks...Ann


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: Delphs, Scabioso, Echinops. When to transplant?

All of these are truly hardy perennials and, especially considering you've hardened them off in a 50-degree room, are ready to go out as soon as your ground is workable.

Joe


 o
RE: Delphs, Scabioso, Echinops. When to transplant?

I can't address the Scabious or Echinops, but delphs are very cold-hardy and can go outside when there are still light frosts. I'd harden them off better, though, unless you're already past your last frost date. 50 degrees isn't freezing. And they need to get used to full sunlight more gradually.

I used to lose half my delphs at transplant until I started growing them on in 4" pots, putting the seedlings in the pots as soon as the cotyledons (seed leaves) were up and expanded. They don't seem to like having their roots disturbed and are happy to die at transplant unless they have TONS of room in the container they were grown in. But that's just my experience. Perhaps plugs work just fine for everybody else. The climate and wind are a bit of a challenge here.

Jeanne


 o
RE: Delphs, Scabioso, Echinops. When to transplant?

Jeanne,
Thanks for jarring my memory...I remember doing plugs many years ago of delphs and losing them all...these now are in 804s but I think it is a good idea to maybe put them in four inchers for awhile...and it is windy here also.
I put 12 each of blue, pink and white in 3 quart containers for sale later as perennials, but wanted the rest (20 of each) to add to the field cuts. Guess I'll repot first, then after 2-3 weeks cover with row cover when I put them in the field and hope that helps.
Thanks again.
Ann


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Cutting Garden Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here