Preparing the compost

of those conditions causing dormancy in many alpine seeds (see pages 28-9).

Germination will occur in the spring. It is unlikely, in many cases, that the seedlings will be big enough to prick out until the autumn or following spring. Therefore give the seedlings a regular liquid feed at the intervals recommended by the manufacturer.

1 Select a container with excellent drainage. Fill with compost; then firm.

2 Strike off the excess compost until it is level with the rim.

Compost Presser Board

3 Firm with a presser board until compost is in below rim of container.

7 Strike off the grit level with the rim of the container. Label.

8 Water the seeds. Place the container outdoors on any well-drained surface.

9 Apply a regular liquid feed to seedlings once they have germinated.

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