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How long from sprout to flowers?

Posted by ramatheson Z9 Phx, AZ (My Page) on
Mon, Jul 11, 11 at 11:53

I have some things sprouting. I'm wondering how long it will take them to flower, etc.?

I have Alyssum, blanket flowers, catnip, and jalapenos.

They all germinated/sprouted two or three weeks ago. The catnip is probably two weeks old, but doesn't even have a set of true leaves yet. The jalapenos are growing well and are about 4 weeks old but still just have two leaves, and are maybe two or three inches tall. The alyssum was supposed to take a week to sprout, but came up in 24 hours or so; however, in a day or two it grew to an inch tall and has stayed there without growing. There are a number of the sprouts in the alyssum pot.


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RE: How long from sprout to flowers?

Summer is a bad time to sow seed in hot climates. Many plants go into a kind of dormancy when temps are high, even if they have enough water. You could speed things up by sowing in late winter/ early spring. My late sown peppers usually flower 6- 8 weeks after sowing and peppers start to form a few weeks later. I find they crop better though when sown in late fall, when it is still pretty warm, so germination is good, then grow fairly slowly over "winter", which is not very cold here, to flower and fruit late spring to summer. That way they also withstand drought better. Plants that are allowed to develop more slowly are often more robust. I used to grow Alyssum in England and I would think that would do best in the coolest possible conditions.


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