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10 Seeds To Sow In January!

With the announcement of another national lockdown, why not use your time to prepare for the year ahead. Take some time to begin sowing your seeds. 

For some plants, including tropical crops like chillies and tomatoes, an early start is the best way you’ll get them to produce a worthwhile crop.
However, early seed sowing will require some patience. Low light levels and high temperatures indoors can produce weak seedlings, prone to ‘damping off’. Prevent issues by thoroughly cleaning everything that will come into contact with seeds or seedlings. Use good seed compost such as our Bulrush John Inn Seed Compost– it’s worth spending a bit more for a good brand.
Coleus

Foliage display June onwards.

Sow thinly in pots or a tray using seed compost + 10 per cent vermiculite, covering to its own depth.

Temperature 19-24°C (65-75°F); germination 10-20 days depending on temperature.

 

Sweet Peas

 Flowers May/June to August.

Sow seeds 6cm deep in ‘tubes’ or 7cm pots using seed compost + 10 per cent grit.

Temperature 12°C (55°F), unheated greenhouse or cold frame; germination 10-14 days.

 

 

Basil

 The classic and probably the best known basil. Ideal for containers. 

Rate of growth- Fast

Soil type- Warm, well drained

Harvesting period- All year round 

 

Lobelia 

Vibrant plants for pots and bedding.

Soil type- Well drained

Rate of growth- average

Hardiness- Half hardy annual

Flowering period- June to October

Sowing period- January to April (indoors)

 

 

Lee Lyon 

Excellent early cropping variety.

Harvesting period- September- December

Sowing period- January - February (indoors) and March - April (outdoors)

 

 

 Tomato

Very popular large and sweet cherry tomatoes.

Harvesting period- June - October

Sowing period- January - April

 

Antirrhinum

Compact and bushy plant for beds, edging and planters.

 Soil type- Well drained

Rate of growth- Average

Hardiness- Half hardy perennial

Flowering period- June to October

Sowing period- January to March  

 

Erngium

Eye-catching and dramatic border plants.

 soil type- Well drained

Rate of growth- average

Hardiness- Hardy perennial

Flowering period- June to October

Sowing Period- January to April (indoors)

 

 

Coriander

One of the worlds most popular and widely used herbs, easy to grow in pots or on the windowsill. 

150 Seeds approx

Soil type- Warm, well drained

Rate of growth- Fast

Harvesting peiod- All year round 

 

 

Salvia 

Provides sizzling red hot spikes of colour throughout the summer. Superb for formal and informal borders, edging and containers. 

 Soil type- Well drained

Rate of growth- Fast 

flowering period- June - October