Should I be concerned

wizfan90(7)February 15, 2013

Hello,

I am new to the winter sowing experience and have about 20-30 plastic containers sitting outdoors. I look outside today and my Lupines and delphinium sprouted. It's supposed to snow over the weekend. I live in the DC metro area and was wondering if I should be concerned.

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daisydawnny(5)

You could throw a blanket over them for additional protection.

    Bookmark   February 15, 2013 at 9:00PM
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ladyrose65

Snow is a good insulator. You should be fine.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2013 at 12:07AM
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wizfan90(7)

Thank you both for your replies

    Bookmark   February 16, 2013 at 8:32AM
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terrene(5b MA)

The Lupines will be okay, they are very hardy and can tolerate a hard frost. When I sow them they are always among the first seeds to sprout.

Not sure about Delphs.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2013 at 4:59PM
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ladyrose65

The situations of most concerns in Winter Sowing, are killer frosts, If it''s hot outside, open up the containers and slugs. Put sluggo or some kind of slug bait down. They can wreck havoc on your seedlings.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2013 at 6:46PM
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wizfan90(7)

Now, my garland daisies are sprouting lol.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2013 at 4:38PM
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northforker

If this is you're first year of WSing, then you must CELEBRATE your seed germination, not worry about them!!!! If you were going to get a prolnged period of deep cold (like in January), maybe then be worried about sprouts. But we are headed into March, your perennial sprouts in covered jugs should be fine.

    Bookmark   February 18, 2013 at 8:40PM
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wizfan90(7)

thanks for the advice nan. Less worrying and more celebrating! *Pops Champagne*

    Bookmark   February 19, 2013 at 4:53PM
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