Help! Starting grasses indoors during winter!

swede1234(4)January 24, 2013

Hi, just a very humble beginner... Am really attracted to the contrasts of ornamental grasses mixed in with flowers...

I dont have lots of space & live in mostly shady area, so haven't invested in a lot of seeds... However, I have grabbed the tops of a number of local and neighbor's plants.... What do I need to do to start these beauties indoors? (I do start my tomatoes with grow lights in winter here)

My concerns:

About when should I start? Last frost is about 1rst week May..

Unsure if these are perennials... Suspect they are.

Winter here today is 35 below windchill...

***! How to extract seeds from these tops, planting soil, fertilizer moisture, etc?

Do I need a lot of light? I live mostly in a woods... Perennial garden gets sun from 10:00-11:00 AM to about 5-6 PM in summer...

Is there a seed exchange like the tomatoes for different or hardier varieties?

What considerations should I be worried about? Is there problems with grasses taking over garden?

Anything else you can think of to help this puzzled old guy...

Thanks, "May trouble always be a stranger to you! ...or at least only a nodding acquaintence!"

Gary

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donn_(7b-8a)

You might want to take a look at the Winter Sowing Forum. It's a surprisingly successful method of starting seeds outdoors during the winter, and it works very well with most ornamental grass varieties. They also have lots of information on collecting and cleaning seeds.

    Bookmark   January 24, 2013 at 4:39PM
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swede1234(4)

Thanks Donn, I'll give it a shot....though I can't imagine how they do that outdoors with the tons of ice & snow this time of year....

Of course, my mind these days is as dependable as an April rain!....

Thanks, Gary

    Bookmark   January 24, 2013 at 10:21PM
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