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How to get Stock to Bloom

I sowed Stock seeds and a few plants came up. How do I get them to flower? I believe I sowed them in June so I missed springtme. Will they flower now? It is between 1 and 12 C outside. They are in my kitchen which faces south. I also have a glazed balcony where I try to keep the temperature at least 10 C. If possible I want to collect seeds from them for next year. Thank you for any answers.
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Re: How to get Stock to Bloom

Stock is a cool weather annual. It is usually planted right after danger of frost is past or started indoors to transplant in the garden as soon as frost danger is past. It is a full sun plant. It would prefer the cooler balcony to indoors, but even so, it is not likely to bloom indoors without a fancy light set up. Depends on which direction your balcony faces and how much light it gets, whether it even has a chance of blooming there without supplemental lighting.

Probably you just need to start over and plant it in the early spring.
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Re: How to get Stock to Bloom

Thank you, Roger. If I could save the plants for next year that would be fine. What do I do to get them to survive the winter here where it can drop to minus 30 C? When it is very cold outside it freezes on my balcony too. I could take them inside my flat 1 December which is when I give up trying to save my tomato plants and anything else I have on my balcony. It also gets dark at 2.30 p.m. The light returns slowly after 23 December. In March it is light enough to sow seeds inside.
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Re: How to get Stock to Bloom

They are ANNUALS. Not going to make it to next year.

I'm not Roger (webmaster is). Since you are not the first person to make this mistake, I'm just curious where you got the idea??
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Re: How to get Stock to Bloom

The email notification comes from Roger so I assumed it was your name. Since they will not make it to next year I hope I can get them to flower soon.
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Re: How to get Stock to Bloom

That makes sense (about the notifications); thanks for clearing up a mystery. No matter who responded, the notification would come from webmaster. I didn't think about that since I have all the notifications turned off.

I hope it works for you with the stock, but I am still thinking you may just have to start over from the beginning, earlier next year. Stock don't like to bloom in summer once temps warm up -- they will not form flower buds once temps are above the mid 60's.
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Re: How to get Stock to Bloom

Thank you for letting me know. Now I shall put them on my glazed balcony and hope.
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