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poppies die fter germinating

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dan10-Aug-05 05:47 AM EST 5   
Glen T10-Aug-05 07:52 AM EST 7   
Dan11-Aug-05 07:11 AM EST 5   
Patricia11-Aug-05 02:20 PM EST 5   
27-Sep-05 07:59 AM EST   

Subject: poppies die fter germinating
From: dan
Zone: 5
Date: 10-Aug-05 05:47 AM EST

I am trying to grow Hymalayan blue poppies from seed and cannot seem to get them past the early germination stage. They are indoors to start at which time I move them outside in the shade. Can anybody point out what I'm doing wrong?

Subject: RE: poppies die fter germinating
From: Glen T
Zone: 7
Date: 10-Aug-05 07:52 AM EST

Dan--I'm sure it has something to do with moisture.

Either the newly germinated seeds are drying out, easy to do with them being tiny seeds on the surface of the mix, or more likely too wet.

What sort of mix are you sowing onto?

I would probably germinate them under some kind of clear dome, or in a plastic bag surrounding the seed pot. The tough part is introducing air after germination to avoid damping off without shocking the spoiled little babies that have been in 100% humidity up to then...lifing up one side of a dome, or gradually opening the plastic bag over a period of a week or two maybe?

Subject: RE: poppies die fter germinating
From: Dan
Zone: 5
Date: 11-Aug-05 07:11 AM EST

Glen, I am using a seed starting mix (Green Earth ).I was told that over watering was not a good thing so I have backed off. However, the amount of moisture becomes inconsistent if you,re allowing some time to dry out. I'll try covering them . Thanks for the info Glen!

Subject: RE: poppies die fter germinating
From: Patricia (iris1@rogers.com)
Zone: 5
Date: 11-Aug-05 02:20 PM EST

Himalayan blue poppies are among the most difficult plants to grow in certain parts of Canada - for instance, around Ottawa, where we have hot and moist summers - it is just about impossible. The type of climate needed is cool - such as you would encounter in the hills of the Himalayas, I guess. Have seen blue poppies in Victoria, at Reford Gardens and Quatres Vents in Quebec.

Subject: RE: poppies die fter germinating
Date: 27-Sep-05 07:59 AM EST

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