Last fall I was ready to try my hand at having some early color in my little greenhouse. I looked through a couple books and decided that since it is not heated, except when we have really cold weather, I’d better stick to some safe ones listed in Shane Smith’s book Greenhouse Gardener’s Companion (click on the book link to preview this book, at page end, without leaving this blog:). I chose only a couple, and also wanted to have some pansies earlier than usual- which I knew would be a good choice since the ones I put out in my beds and some in pots, seem to make it through anything :)
I chose Ageratum and Snapdragon, going with a dwarf Snapdragon, and started them on September 25th. I made sure to put them in different colored pots, with a label, and all seemed to be going well, after potting them up from the soil blocks into 2” pots.
Here is a shot of a Snapdragon on Dec. 26th.
And here they are on the 14th of January. Yeah, overwatered...again!
Snapdragon (left) not a snapdragon (right)
One of these things doesn’t belong...can anyone tell me what the heck the one in the lower right is? It definitely doesn’t look like the Ageratum I started at the same time. The undersides of the leaves are a bronze color, if that helps. Any help would be appreciated :)
And I’m not sure, but shouldn’t I pinch the snapdragon out to get them bushier? When should you start pinching? Can you tell I’ve never grown Snapdragon? Can you believe I’ve never grown Snapdragon?...Who in the world hasn’t ever grown snapdragon! Funny, if you say Snapdragon too many times, the word starts to sound weird...
And the learning continues...