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Beginner's questions on spring bulb and seed planting

Posted by rozd CA 9, Sunset 23 (My Page) on
Sat, Feb 16, 13 at 13:44

Friends:

I live in an apartment in the LA area, and my landlord recently has allowed me to use a small space (60 sq. ft) in front of the apartment as a cutting flower garden. I'd like to try dahlias from tubers and sunflowers, but need some help about the best time to plant. The area gets good morning sun, but because of surrounding apartments, a lot of it is in shade by 2:00 pm. Nonetheless, I'm willing to deal with somewhat spindly plants and staking, if I can get a few nice blooms.

So what's the best time to put the dahlia tubers in the ground? Should I start the sunflowers from seeds inside, and then replant outside, or sow directly into the ground? If I start the seeds inside (I have a light stand), when should I start them? And if I sow directly into the ground, when should I sow?

thanks in advance for any recommendations.

-Roz, in LA


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RE: Beginner's questions on spring bulb and seed planting

Sunflowers are easy--plant from seeds, and put them in the ground now. The dahlias are also ready to go in the ground now, plus this is the best time for getting them at places like Costco or Sam's Club.

You don't say where you are in LA, but your sun situation should be fine, unless you live near the coast, where it might not get sunny enough due to morning clouds.

Carla in Sac


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