Can I start recently collected wildflower seeds now for fall?
I was out for a hike yesterday and found hundreds of prairie coneflowers (Ratibida pinnata) and Daisies (Chrysanthemum leucanthemum) growing along an open field. I also have Sweet Williams growing along a wooded lot and I was able to collect a few seeds from each.
I was wondering if there is anything wrong with starting them from seed indoors now and setting them out in late September so they can get established before the cold weather gets here.
I know that winter sowing would be an option as well as just starting them in Spring but the truth is that I really like starting seeds and watching them grow before I set them out. I have a small butterfly garden I am working on and it currently has Purple Coneflowers and Black Eyed Susans growing and I would love to add these to the collection.