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Problems with starting perennials indoors

Posted by neila452 Kentucky (My Page) on
Fri, Jul 11, 14 at 13:42

I am having problems keeping perennial flowers that I started from seed alive indoors. Included are such perennials as Scabiosa, Prunella, Soapwort, Delphinium, and others. No problem getting them to germinate and begin to grow after transplanting to 3" pots. But after a month or so some of the young plants just shrivel up and die, despite all the attention they are given. It has been frustrating.

I use a quality seed starting mix or Jiffy peat discs, a good transplant mix, and they are kept in trays underneath T5 Sunblaster lights for approx. 12 hours each day. I water at least once with a proper Captan mix to prevent damping off disease.

What am I doing wrong? Thanks in advance for all advice.

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RE: Problems with starting perennials indoors

I'm just curious as to why they are indoors in mid summer. When did you sow them? It seems very late in the season to have baby perennials still inside. You refer to 'all the attention they are given'. By now young perennials should happily growing outside where there will be far less attention required. I'm wondering if they have been loved to death.

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