In December we have already started pre-treating most species for the new season. In short, this means that the seeds receive cold treatment. The reason for this is that we are basically mimicking nature and eliminating the ‘weak’ least promising seeds. In general, this is done by mixing the seeds with sand and storing them outdoors or in the refrigerator. Depending on the species, this period lasts from 4 to 8 weeks. In the photo you can see what that looks like.
After a relatively mild winter where there was only a somewhat cold period in December, we are already eagerly looking forward to the start of the new season. Although the plants are still in winter mode and are largely still in the greenhouse, this will soon change. In mid-March when no more cold is expected, we will start bringing the plants outside. We always start with the largest and least sensitive specimens until slowly everything is outside again. The experience is that plants grow best outside in full sun.