Planting PCF seeds in fall, any advice?

bluestemtexSeptember 2, 2012

I have a pound of Purple ConeFlower seed and want to sow it this fall in various locations around my property. I would appreciate any tips and advice on how and when. Thanks

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wally_1936(8b)

I have always started mine in pots until they are large enough to transplant and had better luck this way than straight into the ground. But then you may have better soil. The other problem I have is they seem to be short lived at least for me here. For 2 years they gave me wonderful plants and blooms but then they died so it looks like I need to keep starting them from seed so I can enjoy them more as I love having a bloom that lasts for a month or more.

    Bookmark   September 3, 2012 at 10:05PM
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weldontx(z 8a TX)

I don't have much luck with reseeding either. Pretty erratic
I wonder sometimes, wally, if they don't act more like bi-annuals.

    Bookmark   September 3, 2012 at 11:20PM
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bluestemtex

Thanks for the replies. I am trying to create a mini prairie on part of my property, about half an acre. I already have a good number of native post oak savannah species and would love to get this naturalized into it. I`ll just give it a go and see what happens. The concensus seems to be that winter sowing may be best. Any other input would be appreciated.

Here is a link that might be useful: Randy Hyden`s Life Blog on the Post Oak Savannah

    Bookmark   September 6, 2012 at 6:42AM
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taterbug(z7TX)

I have great success 'winter sowing' mine in milk jugs. taterbug

    Bookmark   September 8, 2012 at 4:58PM
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bluestemtex

Thanks, taterbug, what size jugs do you use , half gallons?
I might try some direct sowing and some pots as you say.

Here is a link that might be useful: Randy Hyden`s Life Blog on the Post Oak Savannah

    Bookmark   September 8, 2012 at 6:40PM
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wally_1936(8b)

My problem is I gave all my seeds away as my plants were so healthy but never came back this year.

    Bookmark   September 9, 2012 at 10:39AM
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