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Sylvia27-Feb-03 11:17 PM EST 3a   
Jodie01-Mar-03 09:54 PM EST 2b   
NancyM02-Mar-03 02:14 PM EST 5   
Chris Biesheuvel02-Mar-03 03:17 PM EST   
Carol09-Mar-03 12:11 PM EST 5a   
Sandy09-Mar-03 03:31 PM EST 3b   
Sandy09-Mar-03 03:33 PM EST 3b   
Sandy09-Mar-03 03:40 PM EST 3b   
Sandy09-Mar-03 03:43 PM EST 3b   
barb10-Mar-03 02:24 PM EST   
NancyM10-Mar-03 05:18 PM EST 5   
mary21-Oct-03 04:18 AM EST 5   


Subject: Starting from seed
From: Sylvia (smott1@telus.net)
Zone: 3a
Date: 27-Feb-03 11:17 PM EST

Does anyone know of a reference (either book or web site) that would tell me which plants (both perennial and annual) are easiest to start by seed? Ideally, it would be on the web, be searchable by name, and would tell me whether it is considered easy, with some effort, or difficult to start by seed.

I cannot call myself an expert gardener, but feel that I may want to start some of my plnts by seed, but don't want to be disappointed too easily! If I knew that some are difficult to start (ie., requires lots of attention, lighting, humidity, etc.) - I would just buy the annuals in the spring and be done with it! You can tell that I am more obsessed with results than process!!!

Lois Hole has some of them listed in her Annuals book, but only the ones that she includes in the book - is there anything else out there?

Thanks in advance.


Subject: RE: Starting from seed
From: Jodie
Zone: 2b
Date: 01-Mar-03 09:54 PM EST

Hi!! I have been starting my plants from seeds for the past 3 years and now start a couple hundred each spring. I never used a book/net on starting stuff I just picked out ones I wanted to try and went for it. In a seed magazine, ex. Lindenberg's Seeds they tell you if it is a touchy plant to start. Those I stay away from. If you go to a search site, ex. www.google.ca, or www.askjeeves.com, type in "information on ...." the type of seed it will bring up some information. That is what I've tried or I've went to sites that are magazines. Good luck. If you don't find anything then just get a seed starter tray and lid, dirt, seeds, and go for it. Good luck


Subject: RE: Starting from seed
From: NancyM
Zone: 5
Date: 02-Mar-03 02:14 PM EST

Hi Sylvia, there are a couple of seed germination databases that I've used now for several years.

http://users.anet.com/~manytimes/page52.htm

http://www.backyardgardener.com/tm.html

While they won't specifically give you a list of what's easiest, they will tell you which take special conditions, like prechilling or need light to germinate, etc. I usually start first with the basic information on the seed packets, then consult the databases if I'm still missing info. Some vendors are better than others in giving details.

Have fun!


Subject: RE: Starting from seed
From: Chris Biesheuvel
Zone:
Date: 02-Mar-03 03:17 PM EST

Easiest to grow from seed are the following: Alyssum,Balsum, Larkspur, Scarlet runner beans, Hyacinth bean, Calendula,Morning glory, California Poppy, Nasturtium, Coreopsis, Rudbeckia hirta. Centaurea, Sunflower, Cosmos, Sweet peas, Thunbergia, Gailardia. Zinnia. Choice enough and on the seed packets or in the seed catalogues you will find lots of extra cultural information. Have a nice colorful garden!


Subject: RE: Starting from seed
From: Carol
Zone: 5a
Date: 09-Mar-03 12:11 PM EST

I started some things from seed last year, my sunflowers were a disaster, kept breaking so easily, my carrots grew all twisted and clumped together after I transplanted them outdoors. my tomato's were so sad looking when I first put them in the ground, (I did harden them off)I thought they would all die...they came back and flourished very well. I will start from seed again, but I will try to eliminate the transplanting to a larger pot, and just start off in a bit bigger pot to begin with. I guess there must be a knack to it, that I haven't quite figured out? Carol


Subject: RE: Starting from seed
From: Sandy
Zone: 3b
Date: 09-Mar-03 03:31 PM EST

How do you start Delphiniums? The ones I am trying to grow right now are "RoundTable" they are a mixture. I seeded them about 3 wks. ago and placed the box outside in the garage for a week, brought them in and still no sign of germination. The other ones I tried "Black Knight" they were seeded at the same time, same treatment and germinated in about 12 days.


Subject: RE: Starting from seed
From: Sandy
Zone: 3b
Date: 09-Mar-03 03:33 PM EST

How do you start Delphiniums? The ones I am trying to grow right now are "RoundTable" they are a mixture. I seeded them about 3 wks. ago and placed the box outside in the garage for a week, brought them in and still no sign of germination. The other ones I tried "Black Knight" they were seeded at the same time, same treatment and germinated in about 12 days.


Subject: RE: Starting from seed
From: Sandy
Zone: 3b
Date: 09-Mar-03 03:40 PM EST

How do you start Delphiniums? The ones I am trying to grow right now are "RoundTable" they are a mixture. I seeded them about 3 wks. ago and placed the box outside in the garage for a week, brought them in and still no sign of germination. The other ones I tried "Black Knight" they were seeded at the same time, same treatment and germinated in about 12 days.


Subject: RE: Starting from seed
From: Sandy
Zone: 3b
Date: 09-Mar-03 03:43 PM EST

How do you start Delphiniums? The ones I am trying to grow right now are "RoundTable" they are a mixture. I seeded them about 3 wks. ago and placed the box outside in the garage for a week, brought them in and still no sign of germination. The other ones I tried "Black Knight" they were seeded at the same time, same treatment and germinated in about 12 days.


Subject: RE: Starting from seed
From: barb
Zone:
Date: 10-Mar-03 02:24 PM EST

can i plant marigold seeds that have been frozen or did that kill them.

thanks


Subject: RE: Starting from seed
From: NancyM
Zone: 5
Date: 10-Mar-03 05:18 PM EST

Sandy, A couple of ideas to get those delphiniums started. First, one week of cold treatment may not have been enough. One of the references I have recommends 3 weeks. Also, I've found that delphiniums need dark, but warm (20-24oC) conditions to germinate. Try covering the pots with foil to block the light and check them every day. Some will just take longer than others, so be patient. Good luck!


Subject: RE: Starting from seed
From: mary
Zone: 5
Date: 21-Oct-03 04:18 AM EST

I collected some bittersweet vine this weekend and would like to try to start some of the seeds. Anyone know the proceedure? Thanks, Mary


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