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direct sow or have to start indoors?

Posted by wren-garden zone 5b/6 (My Page) on
Thu, Mar 1, 12 at 11:12

This is the first spring that I will try to grow from seed. Heading towards retirement fixed income so it is time to learn to grow them myself. I do not have much room in the house or grow lights to help starts. So, what and when can I direct sow in my zone 5b garden and what absolutely has to be started indoors now? These are the seeds I have.

Salvia Fairy Queen annual
Potulacka annual
Sweet peas climbing annual
Coreopsis Dwarf Red annual

columbine perennial
Anthemis Carpatica ( 6" ground cover daisy ) perennial
Delphinium Magic sky blue perennial
Potentilla atro red perennial

Thank you Elizabeth

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RE: direct sow or have to start indoors?

All of those can be direct seeded after all danger of frost has passed. And honestly without having at least a light set-up for starting them indoors direct seeding will give you the best results.

Determine what your last frost date is for your area is then add a week to that for safety and plant your seeds.

If you can invest in what is needed to start seeds indoors then the perennials on your list will benefit the most from a head start of 6-8 weeks.

Enjoy your flowers.


RE: direct sow or have to start indoors?

You might want to look into wintersowing. I've wintersowed columbine and it worked very, very well. Now it sows itself and I just pull up the ones in bad spots. Wintersowing costs very little and gives you a bit more control over the elements than direct seeding.

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