Seed sowing ... in wallpaper paste

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Seed sowing ... in wallpaper paste

Postby KK21 » Sun Nov 04, 2012 3:33 pm

I remember seeing on The Good Life, Barbara 'icing' the garden, as Tom told Margo.

If I recall correctly, the idea was that difficult to germinate seeds could be started on some damp kitchen paper, then when the roots had started to show, tip all the seeds into a bucket of made up wallpaper paste. The mixture was then squeezed into seed drills with an icing bag.

Did this really work.

I have some wild flower seeds which I hope to sew in an area already overgrown, which made me think this idea might make it easier for the flowers to start.

thanks !
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Re: Seed sowing ... in wallpaper paste

Postby diggernotdreamer » Sun Nov 04, 2012 4:01 pm

Hi, yes this is called fluid sowing. You chit the seeds until they have roots and then mix them into a gel type mixture, when I do it I use potato flour and make it into a gel as I don't like the fungicide in wallpaper paste. You can tip it all into a plastic bag, snip off a small corner and ice into prepared drills. I often use this method for parsnips and carrots just to give them a head start.

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Re: Seed sowing ... in wallpaper paste

Postby becks77 » Tue Nov 06, 2012 9:49 am

Glad tohear it works, will give it a go next time ...thanks :wink:
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Re: Seed sowing ... in wallpaper paste

Postby Cassiepod » Thu Nov 08, 2012 5:05 am

Woweeee I've never heard of this at all that would be ace for gettin things started up where it's cooler for germination! thanks for the hint! :thumbright: I can't wait to try it.
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Re: Seed sowing ... in wallpaper paste

Postby darkbrowneggs » Wed Jan 23, 2013 11:42 pm

Hi there - I'm interested in trying the potato paste for fluid sowing

How much flour to water, and do you need to cook it at all. Years ago I made my own wallpaper paste out of flour, and I remember it had to be cooked :-)
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Re: Seed sowing ... in wallpaper paste

Postby diggernotdreamer » Thu Jan 24, 2013 5:40 pm

I don't really have a recipe as such, I usually put about a good tablespoon into a pan and put on some warm water and warm it to thicken, then thin it down to the consistency of wall paper paste, then cool it, if it looks a bit thick when it's cooled you can add some cold water to it, you're ready to work away then :)

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Re: Seed sowing ... in wallpaper paste

Postby darkbrowneggs » Sat Jan 26, 2013 10:48 pm

Thanks - that sounds like my sort of recipe :-)
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Re: Seed sowing ... in wallpaper paste

Postby diggernotdreamer » Tue Mar 26, 2013 8:10 pm

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Re: Seed sowing ... in wallpaper paste

Postby NorthernTeacher » Wed Mar 27, 2013 7:36 am

Well I've heard of starting off on damp kitchen towel and the like but not 'wallpaper paste' - brilliant thanks :icon_smile:
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