Sow February to March. Sow seed on the surface of lightly firmed, moist seed compost in pots or trays. Lightly cover seed with a sprinkling of compost or vermiculite. Place in a propagator or warm place, and keep at a temperature of between 20-25C (68-77F). After sowing, do not exclude light as this helps germination. Keep the surface of the compost moist but not waterlogged; germination will usually take 21-30 days. When large enough to handle, transplant seedlings into 7.5cm (3in) pots or trays.
Gradually acclimatise young plants to outdoor conditions for a few weeks before planting out after all risk of frost, 23-30cm (9-12in) apart, or transplant into containers.
For best results, provide any ordinary, well-drained soil in full sun.
Seeds and garden supplies will normally be delivered within the time period stated against each product as detailed above. Plants, bulbs, corms, tubers, shrubs, trees, potatoes etc are delivered at the appropriate time for planting and will be stated on the product page or in your order acknowledgement page and email.
Orders for packets of seed incur a P&P charge of £1.95.
Orders which include any other products will incur a P&P charge of £4.95.
Where an order includes both packets of seeds and other products a maximum P&P charge of £6.90 will apply - regardless of the number of items ordered.
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By Dinah Dayus 25-12-2015
I looked out of my window one morning, on the dark gray gloom of a late autumn day, and discovered that one of my tickseed plants, that I had transplanted to a window box had decided to flower later than all the others. It is still doing it's stuff, just as it should, but in December, with a mass of little chinks of sunlight, to remind me that summer is really only a blink of the eye away, even on the darkest days. An astonishingly happy little plant!
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