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self-seeding annuals

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Suzanne White19-Jan-03 10:37 AM EST 6   
Betty19-Jan-03 11:43 AM EST 5a   
durte419-Jan-03 01:35 PM EST 3   
carolincalgary19-Jan-03 07:44 PM EST   
Dan24-Jan-03 11:12 AM EST 5b   
jtwheeler3505-Apr-03 06:45 AM EST 5b   

Subject: self-seeding annuals
From: Suzanne White (
Zone: 6
Date: 19-Jan-03 10:37 AM EST

I was wondering if anyone could give me advise on any annuals they have planted which have come back the next year from self-sowing. I love the fact that annuals add colour for a longer growing time than perrenials but they are very expensive to replace each year. Thanks in advance for your help. Suzanne

Subject: RE: self-seeding annuals
From: Betty
Zone: 5a
Date: 19-Jan-03 11:43 AM EST

I find annuals do not always reproduce as nice from self-seeding as they do from the original seed. There are exceptions, borage is one I can think of, and I am sure there are lots of others. Self seeders in my garden are hollyhock, foxgloves, brown eye susans, forget-me-nots, sweet william, coneflowers, agastache, columbine, lychnis campion, gauria, sweet rocket, and two varieties of poppies. Those are all a mixture of biannual and perennials and although they do not bloom all summer, dead heading prolongs blooming and cutting back on some give repeat blooming.

Subject: RE: self-seeding annuals
From: durte4 (
Zone: 3
Date: 19-Jan-03 01:35 PM EST

Malva. I have them everywhere. They will self-seed like crazy and the plants bloom all summer long. Also forget-me-nots are another great self-sower. I have actually had trouble trying to control all the new plants that come up in the spring.

Subject: RE: self-seeding annuals
From: carolincalgary
Date: 19-Jan-03 07:44 PM EST

Nigella (Persian Jewels), sweet william and poppies are my favorite self seeders

Subject: RE: self-seeding annuals
From: Dan (
Zone: 5b
Date: 24-Jan-03 11:12 AM EST

Cosmos is one my favourites, it are exceptionally easy to transplant and pop into any "bare" areas.

Subject: RE: self-seeding annuals
From: jtwheeler35
Zone: 5b
Date: 05-Apr-03 06:45 AM EST

My cleomes (spider flower)seed every year as well as morning glories, and one of my perennials (jacobs ladder) gave me a loot to move around. Although I have alot of perennials that reseed, your question was for annuals. Have you tried saving some seeds from your annuals to plant again in the spring? Marigolds are good for that and so are petunias. Happy Gardening, JT

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