Hi, I have never wintersown perennials or annuals before, only native tree seeds like oaks, hornbeams and beaches. I have been fairly successful with those, except for the aftercare protection from squirrels, but that's another story...
I got into this forum accidentally when looking for information about how to sow lavender. I want to edge my formal rose garden with it and need enough plants to cover around 24'. So far I have narrowed it down to either Hidcote Superior or Ellagance Purple. Swallowtail Seeds has both varieties, so I am eager to try sowing to get enough plants for my project without breaking the bank.
I was going to sow in my traditional way, start indoors under grow lights around January or early February and hopefully have plants in late spring early summer to plant out and create my edging. After reading the many very informative threads about WS in general and sowing lavender in particular I am tempted to try it. I am a little skeptic though as to how fast the plants would sprout and grow if I WS versus sowing indoors. I understand the concept of them sprouting outside, but I would think the cooler temps outside would slow them down from developing into good sized plants for transplanting. To be clear, I don't expect them to be gallon-size plants by May when I could plant them out. I was hoping to be able to plant them out around middle to end of June. Is that realistic?
Also, would it help if I bring them into the garage under growing lights once they sprouted outside? I am sorry if these are silly questions, or if I miss something totally obvious. Like I said, I never tried it, but I am excited to give it a try. Let me know what you think, how I should tweak my plan, or any advice you care to give. It will be all very much appreciated. Thanks!!