what small plants do well in winter?

whitney_January 14, 2002

I am a student in middle school and I am doing a science project on plants. These plants are going to be planted in winter in pots. I don't know very much about plants, so I don't know what kind of plants to get for my project. Any advice would be appreciated.


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SoCal_Janine(z10 CA)

Does SE FL mean Southest Florida? If it does, you are in luck - lots of things will grow well in pots. Are they going to be indoors, or outdoors? How much sun? Your best bet is to go to a nursery and talk to the people there - they can give you the best guidance as to what works in your specific area.

For outdoors, you probably want to buy plants that are already started. There are lots of annuals you can try. Available now are pansies, snapdragons, and primroses - they're easy and very pretty. If you want to plant vegetables, you can try pole beans if you have a large pot and a trellis. Or bell peppers if you get a dwarf variety and have a pot that is pretty big.

If you are growing them indoors, you can start the plants from seed in flats, then transplant to pots as they get bigger. Nasturtiums are easy - pretty flowers and I hear you can eat them (but I haven't ever done it). Also easy from seed are sweet peas, but you need either a dwarf variety or a trellis.

Good luck and have fun!

    Bookmark   January 14, 2002 at 8:12PM
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    Bookmark   January 25, 2002 at 11:04PM
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Lee@A Guide to Northeastern Gardening

Peas, lima beans and radishes are all fast growing seeds that are good for a science project. I like Janine's idea of flowers too! Gigi, it really is too late in the winter to plant anything in Zone 7. Even though the weather has been mild, we can get a sudden freeze and anything you plant won't make it. Flowering bulbs really have to be planted in Fall in order to come up for the Spring. You could try planting them now but they may come up stunted the first year and may or may not flower. They need adequate time in the ground. Someone on the winter sowing forum may be able to help you more with this. Hope you find an answer. If not, why not plant flowers in the spring?

Here is a link that might be useful: Winter Sowing Forum

    Bookmark   January 27, 2002 at 8:11PM
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