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lil help here? overwhelmed newbie!!

Posted by freytam NE PA (My Page) on
Mon, Apr 4, 05 at 9:27

Ok, Seedlings have taken over the playroom. Next year I'll know that I need to fill my basement with shelves and flourescent lights!

Here's the problem..I've got lots of seeds -some of which should be started inside - according to the "directions - asters, scabiosa, daisy types, hollyhocks, rudbeckia, coneflower, poppie, geranium, lily, baby's breath, allium...some of everything! but I'm out of room.

Here's the question..what's going to happen if I just relax about this and direct sow when the weather's right? just later flowers? or possibly not flower? I'm thinking the perennials should just come back next year better...but how about the annuals? Is there anything from the above list that I should definitely get started asap in order for any blooming to happen? I'd like to do anything possible to be sure that I can learn about where the seeds will be and how to collect on the plants - so I don't want to risk not having this happen.

Any help at all would be appreciated! Thanks so much! Tamra


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RE: lil help here? overwhelmed newbie!!

A lot of those things you can start outside in containers. Check out the WInter Sowing Forum for more info. The coneflowers might bloom for you from seed this year if you get them started soon. Are your poppies annuals or perennials? If they are annuals I'd start them now (outside in a container). I've got some tiny poppy sprouts in the ground already. If they are orientals (perennial) you can start them whenever since they won't bloom the first year anyway. Same with your geraniums. If they are annuals start them right away and if they are perennials they can wait.
Hope that helps a little.

Here is a link that might be useful: Winter Sowing - sounds crazy but it works


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