The Q&A Archives: Annuals Growing Time

Question: Can you tell me how long it takes for Starry Eyes, Morning Glory, Fantasia, Abutilon, Lavatera, Verbena, Clemetis, Columbine, Rasberry, Strawberry, Blackberry, and Primrose to grow?

Answer: Most perennials will take at least a year to come into bloom. This would include Omphalodes cappadocica "Starry Eyes" Forget-me-not, columbines and some primroses. Morning glories bloom beginning in late summer. Lavatera and verbena may bloom the first year if you are growing a perennial form. Annual verbenas need about twelve weeks to come into bloom. Alpine strawberries usually fruit the first year, but garden strawberries often have their blossoms removed before shipping and thus do not fruit until the second year. Raspberries and blackberries grow quckly and should bear a light crop the first year. Some clematis vines will manage a few blooms the year they are planted, but the rule of thumb for them is "First year they sleep, second year they creep, third year they leap." These are long lived plants so it is usually worth the wait.

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