List of seeds not to bother trying WS with?

ComfreyComfort(7B)November 9, 2011

I'm sure there are some seeds that aren't good candidates to try with WS. Does such a list exist? I am mostly interested in annual and perennial edibles.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Well green beans would be on my list..they need to be direct seeded and I don't think corn is good to WS either.

    Bookmark   November 9, 2011 at 4:11PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
terrene(5b MA)

I don't know if there are seeds that shouldn't be winter-sown, but there are some seeds that are simply easier to direct sow. I direct sow large veggie seeds like beans, cucumbers, and squash. Also rows of veggies like lettuce, carrots and beets. I scatter the seeds for some herbs like Dill and Cilantro, or let them reseed, and grow them in between perennials.

Some seedlings don't like to be transplanted and do very well by scattering seed, like poppies or larkspur. I also direct sow a large patch of tall Zinnias every year, and that works great.

    Bookmark   November 9, 2011 at 6:07PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Pole beans and corn both reseed in my garden. Sometimes pole beans sprout in the lawn--I think these may be unfound squirrel deposits.

Is there anything which should not be WinterSown?

Yes. Do not winter sow seeds of plants from the the tropics. Sub-tropical is fine to try if you sow towards the end of Winter, but tropical seeds don't fare well in a temperate winter.

    Bookmark   November 9, 2011 at 7:36PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I have WS green beans & corn successfully, but have had trouble transplanting onions of any kind that I have WSed - they just seem to keel over and die. I didn't have so much trouble with WSing alliums when I lived up north, but here, I've only had luck direct sowing them.

    Bookmark   November 9, 2011 at 8:39PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Drippy, I do bunching onions or scallions and plant them out via HOS, these types don't seem to mind the crowding and don't wither as much after transplant.

    Bookmark   November 10, 2011 at 12:06PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Thanks, Trudi - I tried small hunks, but maybe they were just too small. I love bunching onions/scallions, and you & I are in the same zone, so I will give it a shot this spring. I might actually be able to get some winter ones in down here, but not tonight - down to 28 degrees by morning!

    Bookmark   November 10, 2011 at 8:40PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Official Winter Sowing Count Zone Wars 2014-2015 #1:
This is the first thread in the official Winter Sowing...
A different category for winter sowing!
You may not think of cacti as needing winter sowing,...
winter sowing a raised bed?
I am considering ws a raised bed in my backyard and...
Do you remember the 'red border' someone posted a few years ago?
I loved it and would love to try some amaranths. I...
Request: Please Share Your Sprout Pics!
My jugs are still buried under snow and I would love...
Mizzteek Z6 MA
Sponsored Products
3-pin XLR DMX Decoder-Studio 4-Channel
Casa Wall Sconce by Philips Forecast Lighting
$118.00 | Lumens
Lumisource 10 in. Silver Touch Table Lamp LS-L-GENIE SV
$25.49 | Home Depot
Artemide | Epulo Outdoor Light
Kichler Lege Brushed Nickel Bath 2-Light
Serena & Lily Awning Stripe Fabric
Serena & Lily
Adjustable Tri-Light Floor Lamp
$174.99 | Dot & Bo
Antique Copper Whitehaus 614.111WS Three Holes Lever Bathroom Faucet
$239.00 | Blue Bath
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™