Seed Sowing in the Mid Atlantic forum: Seed Sowing in the Mid Atlantic # 5~October 2011

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luvsgrtdanes
Oct 19, 2011 10:54 AM CST
Name: Ronnie
Southeastern PA~Zone 6
I Love MAM~So Happy Together
Now that fall is here and the cooler weather sets in again we turn our thoughts to next spring already. Do you direct sow any seeds, winter sow them, order early from catalogs, maybe even trade a few? Let us know what seed sowing traits you have.

We came from here http://cubits.org/MidAtlanticMusings/thread/view/54622/

Zinnias one of my favorite flowers to start from seeds!
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Imagestormyla
Oct 19, 2011 11:38 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Thanks for the new thread Ronnie! Smiling

Those are really pretty zinnias. When did they start blooming? How long do those blooms last?
ImageRoses_R_Red
Oct 19, 2011 1:41 PM CST
Name: Teri
Mount Bethel, PA
Pretty color ronnie. You're so right about Zinnias. Mine are still blooming like crazy and were no trouble at all to get going from seed.
luvsgrtdanes
Oct 19, 2011 2:37 PM CST
Name: Ronnie
Southeastern PA~Zone 6
I Love MAM~So Happy Together
Mine start blooming by mid to late summer and hold up well into the first frost Thumbs up
It happens in a flash, but the memory of it last forever. It can not be borrowed or stolen, and it is of no earthly good until it is given away. So if in your hurry you meet someone who is too weary to smile, leave him one of yours, for no one needs a smile quite as much as he who has none to give...

Imagestormyla
Oct 19, 2011 5:25 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Those pink ones of mine as still going strong. When did you sow yours Ronnie and Teri?
luvsgrtdanes
Oct 19, 2011 7:07 PM CST
Name: Ronnie
Southeastern PA~Zone 6
I Love MAM~So Happy Together
I do mine around June, they like the warmth.
It happens in a flash, but the memory of it last forever. It can not be borrowed or stolen, and it is of no earthly good until it is given away. So if in your hurry you meet someone who is too weary to smile, leave him one of yours, for no one needs a smile quite as much as he who has none to give...

Imagestormyla
Oct 19, 2011 7:13 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
I don't think that I sowed mine til almost mid July. Next year I will start some earlier. They really are nice and cheery!
ImageRoses_R_Red
Oct 20, 2011 4:52 AM CST
Name: Teri
Mount Bethel, PA
I started mine with winter sow in March and left them in the container until late May. Then I just took a divot out of the garden and then carefully placed the contents of the milk jug into the divot.
Imagestormyla
Oct 20, 2011 5:16 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Thanks, Teri. I just might do just that! Thumbs up
Imagesallyg
Oct 23, 2011 10:10 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
Thanks for the new thread with the gorgeous fall orange zinnias! I saw a bed of several colors of those this summer, it was very nice.
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
ssgardener
Nov 21, 2011 8:31 PM CST
Silver Spring, MD
Zone 7a
Hello all! I just joined cubit :-)

I think I've met some of you at critter's fall swap. You have all been very helpful at the davesgarden forums!

I'm interested in growing Lord Baltimore hibiscus next year. It would be my first time growing hibiscus, first time wintersowing, and well, first time growing anything at all from seed!

Is this even a good idea? Do you have any tips for me? Where/when should I look for the seeds? When should I start wintersowing? Thanks in advance!
Imagesallyg
Nov 21, 2011 9:39 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
Hi ss!!! Nice to see you! I was the tall gal...

We'll have to get you set up. Wintersowing ( planting in pots and letting them sit out in cold weather and sprout when they want in early spring) has worked well for lots of people. I haven't done much of it. Check this out

http://www.wintersown.org/
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
ImageOnewish1
Nov 22, 2011 6:13 AM CST
Name: Allison
NJ
hello SS!!
luvsgrtdanes
Nov 22, 2011 6:49 AM CST
Name: Ronnie
Southeastern PA~Zone 6
I Love MAM~So Happy Together
Welcome SS I tip my hat to you. your going to love it here at MAM Hurray!

LB hibiscus doesn't make seed too often Thumbs down I have one, didn't start from seed though and the flowers are huge, a wonderful plant!
From what I've read the seeds need to be planted in the fall so WS should work for them. The link Sally gave you is great for info!
I have a few seeds you are welcome to, can't promise they will even germinate but certainly worth a try. LMK if you want some. I also have another smaller flowered red one if you want some of them too. Heck I have a ton of seeds you can have for WS that I'll never get around to growing, more than happy to send then to you!
It happens in a flash, but the memory of it last forever. It can not be borrowed or stolen, and it is of no earthly good until it is given away. So if in your hurry you meet someone who is too weary to smile, leave him one of yours, for no one needs a smile quite as much as he who has none to give...

ImageRoses_R_Red
Nov 22, 2011 6:52 AM CST
Name: Teri
Mount Bethel, PA
Hi SS. If I ever get around to sorting and listing my seeds, I'll get back to you with what I have extra.
ssgardener
Nov 22, 2011 7:34 AM CST
Silver Spring, MD
Zone 7a
Thank you everyone for the warm welcome!

Pippi from davesgarden generously shared some of her seeds with me already, but I'm really nervous about growing from seed! I think I'll start with the hardiest and easiest plants for my first attempt. I would hate to receive your generous seeds only to kill them all!

(Critter gave me at least a dozen coleus cuttings, and they all died from some sort of fungal infection. I later found out my soil was all wrong, too wet, too slow draining, etc. I'm trying out Al's gritty mix to try and save the rest of my houseplants.)

Ronnie, I've done some more readings on the Lord Baltimore, and I think you're right about it being hard to grow from seed. I'll just wait and buy the plants in the spring. Those are some beautiful flowers, aren't they? Spring can't come fast enough!
Imagesallyg
Nov 23, 2011 9:58 AM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
really ss, it seems like houseplants are better off too dry than too wet, in general, unless you get it really too dry... Blinking Hilarious! its all good, we've all lost plenty of plants and seeds!
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
ImageRoses_R_Red
Dec 28, 2011 11:42 AM CST
Name: Teri
Mount Bethel, PA
I'm at my daughter's house and probably will be for quite some time until she delivers her baby. Before I left I ordered about 30 packets of flower seeds and put out only 2 milk jugs with Delphinium Magic Fountain CHERRY BLOSSOM, and 2 with Verbascum SOUTHERN CHARM. If I go back home for a while next week I will only take care of the wash and more winter sow before I return here.

What's everyone else doing with seeds so far this year?
luvsgrtdanes
Dec 28, 2011 11:57 AM CST
Name: Ronnie
Southeastern PA~Zone 6
I Love MAM~So Happy Together
Best wishes for your daughter Teri Group hug

I haven't started mine yet, figured after I put away the Christmas stuff then go through what I have. I saved a lot of the foil tins that had my cookies in, the ones with the tall plastic lids. I put some tape on them to keep the secure if I WS. I mostly do annuals so can wait a bit for them. Waiting on my "Select Seed" catalog to see if they have anything new Big Grin
It happens in a flash, but the memory of it last forever. It can not be borrowed or stolen, and it is of no earthly good until it is given away. So if in your hurry you meet someone who is too weary to smile, leave him one of yours, for no one needs a smile quite as much as he who has none to give...

Imagesallyg
Dec 28, 2011 12:13 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
Not ready yet but I do remember that last year's datura were planted indoors on Jan 1- they are so slow.
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon

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