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Hardening off marginal pond plants?

Discussion in 'Water Gardening' started by Outlander, Mar 24, 2018.

  1. Outlander

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    DSC01132.JPG Last year I collected a few seeds from a yellow Monkey Musk (Mimulus Luteus) and have managed to grow them. It's the first time I have grown anything from seed. I have six plants growing and would like to know if the method of hardening them off is the same for non pond plants. They are marginal so I assume they need to be placed in a tray of water.

    Do they actually need to be hardened off?

    Any advice appreciated.

    thank you.
     
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      Hi @Outlander :) .....I have to say I treat my marginal pond seedlings exactly the same. I feel that after getting them to fruition i would be really upset to lose them to a late hard frost :sad:
      I do know that i have had Mimulus self-sow and they have coped well, but of course, as self sown seeds they have been acclimatized throughout the Autumn/Winter to their own growing conditions.Apart from keeping them rather moist, I would do no different in hardening them off to any other plant.
      I would always err on the safe side but then again I also garden in a very exposed cold site :oops:
       
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        Thanks @BeeHappy, I'm just waiting for it to warm up a little bit (I might have a long wait).
         
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          Thing to remember with pond plants is they are mostly a month behind garden plants, due to the slower warm up of the water against soil temperatures.
          I've grown mimulus in the past and it does quite well without waterlogging, just well watered is good enough.
          So treat as a normal plant and put in the pond around early June would be my advise.
           
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            Great advice. Thanks @pete
             
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              I have that Monkey Flower and it self seeds every year, even in dry gravel. (and I have a cold garden.)
               
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                I think it is a great plant. It seems to last forever.
                 
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                Just an update to say the plants are now hardened off and doing well outside. Will post a pic when they flower.

                Thanks for the advice folks.
                 
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                  Another update:

                  The plants grown from seed all seem to be healthy but are a long way behind the mother plant which has grown stems and is flowering. The baby plants have no stems or flowers. I am wondering if this is normal and I just have to wait or whether that is the downside of growing from collected seeds?

                  Strangely, the plant has self seeded in another pot and it also has stems and flowers.

                  Plants can be odd can't they.:scratch:
                   

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