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Self seeding annuals in zone 4

Posted by greenthumbon1hand 4 (My Page) on
Tue, Oct 15, 13 at 14:05

Hello!

I was wondering if anyone has had experience with these annuals self-sowing, and if so, what varieties?

Balsam
Calendula
Moss Rose
Bachelor's Buttons
Cerinthe
Cosmos
Snapdragons
Bells of Ireland

Thanks!


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RE: Self seeding annuals in zone 4

Hello Greenthumb -

All of the varieties of annuals you have listed have self - sowed for me, It doesn't really matter what variety - they all will self sow, The Balsam tends to produce single flowers after several seasons of self sowing, and snaps will become less showy than their parents. I have a hillside that is covered with blue batchelor's buttons that have resown themselves for more than 10 years. There is Portulaca - moss rose that grows and flowers here beautifully in the gravel between patio stones that seeded themselves there from the garden. Bells of Ireland is at its best when it self sows.
You have to give these self sowing annuals real good to ideal conditions (well drained fertile soil, little competition with weeds) and a full day of sun for them to return from self sown seeds. Good luck!


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