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do I have to start these early?

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08-Feb-06 09:47 AM EST 5a   
Patricia08-Feb-06 07:20 PM EST 5   

Subject: do I have to start these early?
Zone: 5a
Date: 08-Feb-06 09:47 AM EST

I was given some seeds for cosmos 'Picotee' and Hyacinth Bean. I thought cosmos could be sown directly outside but the pkg. says to start them indoors. I've never grown either of these plants before and would like to hear from someone who has. Any advice? Thanks Marg

Subject: RE: do I have to start these early?
From: Patricia (
Zone: 5
Date: 08-Feb-06 07:20 PM EST

Cosmos are easy to grow when planted directly in the garden "when all danger of frost has passed". They are also easy to transplant when young, so if you have seeded them too thickly, you can spread them out to other locations. Hyacinth bean is an entirely different matter. First, soak the seed overnight in some tepid water before planting it the next day. You can try starting them indoors a week or two before going out in the garden. Use small peat pots, because they hate being transplanted. With the peat pots, you can plant pot and all. Plant them in a warm and sunny spot, preferably a sheltered place where they won't get too much wind. They should grow 10 to 20 feet tall.

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