Plant now for next May?

zahzeen(5)July 6, 2012

I received quite a few seed packages from Fran earlier last month at her swap that I would like to plant now so they will be salable next May (Thanks, Fran!). I found a website ( that gives approximate times from sowing to germination; germination to transplant; transplant to salable plant. The three I picked to start now (rather than WS) should bloom the first year based on the internet research I did. They are also sun/part shade. But, that research is not as good as my New England neighbors real life experiences.

The three I picked were:

Candy Lily - 14 minimum to 22 maximum weeks sow to salable

Balloon Plant - 12 to 17 weeks sow to salable

Lupine - 12 to 21 weeks sow to salable

So based on the minimums, if I sow them this weekend,they should be salable by the around the end of September/early October and I can just leave them in their pots over the winter and then sell them in May. Anyone have any comments or advice? I also received some money plants, foxglove and disco belle seeds but will probably try to WS these. The chives and garlic chive seeds I received will be part of my August 1st herb experimental planting. I can't remember who suggested that but I bought or received 15 kinds of perennial herb seeds that I'll be starting next month. Of course I'll be asking for help/advice about that a little later in the month!

Thanks in advance for any help.

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NHBabs z4b-5a NH

Plant the foxglove now as well. It's a biennial or short-lived perennial and if you don't plant it now, it won't be blooming size next year IME.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2012 at 10:47AM
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Hi nhhabs,

Thank you very much for your response. I'm going to start a new post about biennials or short term perennials, I'm not sure they are the right plant to sell to benefit Children's Hospital if they live for maybe only a year. I really appreciate your input.

But you think the other are OK?


    Bookmark   July 7, 2012 at 6:02PM
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Foxgloves are WONDERFUL and although an individual plant only blooms one season, they're certainly worth selling at a fundraiser, as long as they're correctly identified as biennials. For one thing, they'll self-sow, if not deadheaded completely, and for another, they have an incredibly long bloom season, if they're deadheaded gently. Sorry, I know you said you'd deal with biennials in another thread, but I had to weigh in on this here!

Also, aren't some lupines biennial? Or was that a myth that was dispelled on another thread a few months (years?) back?

    Bookmark   July 7, 2012 at 7:05PM
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NHBabs z4b-5a NH

The lupines I have are biennial, but I am not sure if they are true biennials or it's that they are a favorite of the voles, and once they get large enough, they become dinner.

My foxgloves were a year end thank you from a family years ago when I was still teaching, and they have persisted for more than 10 years. I think of that family every summer as they bloom. I agree with DtD that as long as folks know that they are biennial and that they can leave them to seed a bit and have new plants succeeding years, or that if they cut off the bloom stems that they MIGHT have them last another year or two, they would be fine to sell.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2012 at 8:21PM
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