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Starting Annuals

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Joanna 11-Feb-05 09:01 AM EST 5b   
Nancy11-Feb-05 02:28 PM EST 5   
Joanna T12-Feb-05 12:20 PM EST   

Subject: Starting Annuals
From: Joanna (
Zone: 5b
Date: 11-Feb-05 09:01 AM EST

When should I start annuals indoors

Subject: RE: Starting Annuals
From: Nancy
Zone: 5
Date: 11-Feb-05 02:28 PM EST

Depends on the type. It's still to early for most of them.

I go with the directions of the seed packets. Usually they say to plant a specific time before the last frost (e.g. 6 to 8 weeks). I use around May 20 as my last frost date and then calculate back from there. For instance, if the label on your petunias says to plant 8 to 10 weeks before last frost, I take the average, 9 weeks and work back. May 20 minus 9 weeks = March 18.

What I'll do if I have several packs of different seeds to plant is to calculate the planting time for each pack, write that date on the pack, then group all packs to plant on any date with an elastic band. On that date, I grab the bundle and plant according to the directions.

Don't be tempted to plant too early. Your seedlings will get too tall and spindly which is not a good thing. You're not doing them or yourself any favours by jumping the gun. And get some No-Damp from your local nursery to stop the damping off fungus, which will kill new seedings very fast. You'll know this has started if the seedlings start keeling over like someone snapped them at soil level. I keep a misting bottle with No-Damp on hand and spray the soil surface regularly. To prevent damping off, make sure you use clean containers, fresh seeding mix (not regular potting soil or garden dirt), and ensure good air circulation after the seeds have sprouted.

Have fun and good luck!

Subject: RE: Starting Annuals
From: Joanna T (
Date: 12-Feb-05 12:20 PM EST

Thanks so much Nancy,lots of great info!

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