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How many seeds per plant/variety?

Posted by backyardfarmener none (My Page) on
Sun, Jan 1, 12 at 1:40

How many seeds are you supposed to use per plant/variety?
The seed packets never specify and I even spent 30 on the western garden book to find out that the information wasn't in there either. I am going to be growing a lot of the flowers used by florists. Last year I tried with bachelor button and cosmos but ended up with a lot of bouquet shrub looking plants, so this makes me think I over seeded? SOme help wold be great! HNY 2012!!!!!!

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RE: How many seeds per plant/variety?

Are you seeding directly in the ground? How do you intend to use your flowers? I start mine in containers and transplant up to four inch containers before planting in the garden,but I am doing mostly perennials. Al

RE: How many seeds per plant/variety?

I'm not sure I understand your question. One seed grows one plant. Two seeds don't grow one plant and one seed doesn't grow five plants.

Are you asking how many plants a person should have of each variety? That's entirely up to you.

Or maybe you're asking how far apart you should space each plant? The seed packets will tell you that. Keep in mind, not every seed is going to germinate and the germination rate is different for every plant. If you're direct seeding, plant a few more than you want in the end and thin out the ones that are too close together. If you're starting them indoors, again, plant a few more seeds than the number of plants you want and see how many come up; toss the excess or pot them up and give them away.

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