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can we start seeds outside in central ohio right now?

Posted by lynnichols z5 OH (My Page) on
Mon, Apr 23, 07 at 15:53

Specifically things like morning glory and moonvine? I know we are no where near past our frost date, but the soil is certainly warm. Just wondering if I can stick these seeds out yet or if its best to wait. thanks,Lyn

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RE: can we start seeds outside in central ohio right now?

You can sow them in containers using the winter sowing method. I would suggest soaking the seed first over night. If you start them in something like a milk jug, they will be protected or at least portable if this spring continues to freak on it.

RE: can we start seeds outside in central ohio right now?

Morning glory will be fine. You could throw the seeds out in the middle of the winter and they would be fine. In fact, I had morning glory planted at my house by the previous owner. I moved in four years ago, and I still have to pull it out every spring. The seeds are tough!

RE: can we start seeds outside in central ohio right now?

It's not a matter of sowing, it's a matter of germination. Iopomoea seeds are tough and self sows very nicely. However, if we have an unusual warm spell followed by a freeze, they will easily germinate and get zapped. Seeds will be fine, but seedlings will be killed. If you have a ton of seed and want to direct sow - go for it. If you have some purchased seed you have your heart set on, consider being more conservative.

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