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From:Date:Zone:
israel22-Feb-02 05:17 PM EST 5a   
Linda23-Feb-02 12:09 AM EST   
Ed23-Feb-02 08:49 AM EST 5b   
israel23-Feb-02 11:30 AM EST 5a   
Karen24-Feb-02 12:38 AM EST 3   
israel24-Feb-02 12:22 PM EST 5a   
Susan24-Feb-02 01:07 PM EST 6a   
israel24-Feb-02 03:58 PM EST   
Linda24-Feb-02 11:05 PM EST   
Ellen C. (Markham)28-Feb-02 06:40 PM EST 5b   


Subject: Plant time for wild flowers and Sunflowers
From: israel
Zone: 5a
Date: 22-Feb-02 05:17 PM EST

Hi, I just picked up some seeds from the store, they are a bag of of wild flower seeds and a bag of sunflowers, but say nothing about the best time to plant them, I hope someone who has the experience of planting these plants can help me out here, thanks in advance. i live in Toronto, ON.


Subject: RE: Plant time for wild flowers and Sunflowers
From: Linda
Zone:
Date: 23-Feb-02 12:09 AM EST

Sunflowers can be planted as soon as the ground is workable. If you truely have wild flower seeds do the same with them.


Subject: RE: Plant time for wild flowers and Sunflowers
From: Ed
Zone: 5b
Date: 23-Feb-02 08:49 AM EST

Linda's advice is about as good as it gets. Plant directly in the soil where they are expected to flourish, as opposed to germinating them in flats/pots, for later transplanting.


Subject: RE: Plant time for wild flowers and Sunflowers
From: israel
Zone: 5a
Date: 23-Feb-02 11:30 AM EST

thank you very much, but can i have a better explaination of "a workable ground"? a month before last frost? and can they be left in the soil outside during the winter? thx


Subject: RE: Plant time for wild flowers and Sunflowers
From: Karen
Zone: 3
Date: 24-Feb-02 12:38 AM EST

Hi. Workable ground means 'no longer frozen'. I'm in a much cooler climate than you, and I haven't planted a sunflower for years. We feed sunflowers to birds and they plant them for me throughout the winter and I get them in droves. I've always assumed that means that being outside in the winter never hurts them. As far as wildflowers go, I've seen many mixes for different areas. If the seeds you've purchased are for plants that will naturalize in your area, they should re-seed themselves every year, only requiring space-control from you. Something to consider - because I don't know the by-laws in your area - consider checking with your local agricultural department about what they consider noxious. Some types of wildflower mixes had to be pulled from the retailers in my area because they carried tansy seeds, which our local municipality issues notices to spray for. Enjoy!


Subject: RE: Plant time for wild flowers and Sunflowers
From: israel
Zone: 5a
Date: 24-Feb-02 12:22 PM EST

thank you very mcu, but i dont think i will have to worry about the wildflwoer seeds becaseu i live in an apartment


Subject: RE: Plant time for wild flowers and Sunflowers
From: Susan
Zone: 6a
Date: 24-Feb-02 01:07 PM EST

If you live in an apartment, presumably you're planning on planting the seeds in pots...? If so, the wildflower mix might not be as good an option as choosing specific flowers that you like and planting seeds for those. You could start seeds for them indoors in the next few weeks if you have lots of light or plant lights, and then transplant them to your planters in early-mid May after the last frost date for your area... Wildflower mixes generally assume a larger area to be planted and, since there's usually a lot of different seeds, you might not get enough of the things you like to make a showy enough planter whereas, by choosing specific plants, you can choose bright, showy things and plant them densely to make a good display.


Subject: RE: Plant time for wild flowers and Sunflowers
From: israel
Zone:
Date: 24-Feb-02 03:58 PM EST

thank you for ur advice, i am still a beginner and am trying everything!!


Subject: RE: Plant time for wild flowers and Sunflowers
From: Linda
Zone:
Date: 24-Feb-02 11:05 PM EST

Make sure the sunflowers have large pots unless they are dwarf ones. The tall plants will tip over if the pot is too light or small.

I suggest buying bedding plants. They will bloom earlier.


Subject: RE: Plant time for wild flowers and Sunflowers
From: Ellen C. (Markham)
Zone: 5b
Date: 28-Feb-02 06:40 PM EST

A friend of mine used to live in an apartment with a balcony and she had no problems seeding wildflowers right away in a big pot. Since her balcony was facing South, she started her seeds early, I think, beginning of May.


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