Can I plant flower seeds in August?

janie58(5a)August 5, 2009

Anyone know of any type of flower seed that can be planted (in a flower pot) in the beginning of August and produce flowers within 30-40 days? The local Walmart and garden nurseries are putting out mums now and really have no spring stock left. I still have a few packs of seeds left - alsyumm, baby's breath, gallardia, cosmos and shirley poppies. Would any of these work? Thanks

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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

When is your estimated first frost date in your location?

Anyway, I can't think of anything that can be started from seed and will be producing flowers in that kind of time frame. Not only is temperature important, but so is daylength.

In some locations, cool weather plants begin to show up at the garden centers for fall color (along with the mums). Those would include pansies, marigolds, snapdragons, and even petunias.

Your climate may not be conducive for that, I don't know.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2009 at 12:53PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

those seeds MIGHT not be any good next year.. so plant some.. what do you have to lose ...

but i agree.. i dont expect success ... most likely you left out the 7 to 14 days.. just to sprout.. and then the 60 days to bloom in a perfect world ...

its fun to experiment ... go for it....

ken

    Bookmark   August 6, 2009 at 2:58PM
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oilpainter(3)

Definately not alyssum gillardia or cosmos. A maybe on the poppies and babies breath.

To tell the truth I'd put the seeds in cold storage for next year and buy some fall flowers

    Bookmark   August 7, 2009 at 12:51PM
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