can I try getting a jump on next year by doing them now? has anyone tried?
can you tell I am becoming obsessive about these??
Wait til the fall when the temperatures are in the mid 80s during the day. About 2.5 months before your first frost. They'll hold over the winter and bloom next spring.
Would you suggest this for all perennials?
Or, should i start some right now?
I wouls love to get a head start,and over winter them in pots,would this work?
Carol, I started rudbeckia, shastas, and a couple other perennials last fall. They're 4' tall and about to bloom today. Don't see why it wouldn't work. I used containers in full shade and potted them into small cups for the winter. You might need more winter protection in your area, so I would put them in the ground instead.
Here, we toss out poppy, larkspur, and other early spring bloomers in the fall. Some germinate and hold over the winter, others germinate in early spring.
I spring and summer sow several perennials and plant them out in late fall. It's a lot of fun. I don't like overwintering things in pots, but I have done it.
I was just looking up the germination temp on tom clothier (it's 65 degrees), because I didn't get any sprouts this year. I'm going to try spring sowing. Token, you're in the south, where winter is actually a growing season. I've had a lot of small seedlings die over the winter, unless I "zone-6 them" with the hoop house or coldframe. If I can sprout it now, those babies can really use the warmth and sunshine of the summer months. I'm now pretty leery of fall-sowing.