Newbie Winter Sowing Question: Moonflowers?

cynqueenFebruary 9, 2007

Hi all,

I am a real beginner gardener, a lot of big plans with no actual experience :)

I have been reading this forum since the late Summer, and thought I would take a stab at this winter-sowing thing, seeing as the most I could loose is the cost of some seeds (rather than the much more expensive plants).

I think the first part of WS is clear to me (i.e. what type of containers to use, how to label,etc., but I do have lots of questions about if/when I get sprouts, which I won't bore you with now, seeing as I don't even know if I will be successful!

I was however, wondering if, in my zone, it is okay to WS moonflowers, or is it better just to direct-sow them in the spring.

Thanks in advance

Cynthia

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marciaz3 Tropical 3 Northwestern Ontario

I've never had good luck with moonflowers, so i'm not one to give advice. However, i have heard that they take a long time to bloom so it's better to start them indoors. That's up here - may be different in zone 5.

    Bookmark   February 10, 2007 at 9:05PM
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peatpod(Z5b Ontario)

Marcia is right. They do take sometime to bloom but they are well worth the effort. If you dont have lights you can start a few on a sunny window ledge. Just remember to plant them in a container that can be planted directly into the ground (peat pot) or in a container large enough that when you replant you dont disturbe the roots too much .. they dont like that :o)

Laura

    Bookmark   February 15, 2007 at 8:32AM
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marciaz3 Tropical 3 Northwestern Ontario

Laura, i didn't know that about them not liking their roots disturbed, but it makes sense. I've started them and they've grown but never amounted to anything once transplanted. Peat pots it will be this year! Thanks!

    Bookmark   February 17, 2007 at 3:28PM
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