The Q&A Archives: Seed Starting Times

Question: I am so confused on the proper times to start my seeds indoors; perennials, annuals, vegies,and herbs. If I start my perennials now,January 4, will they bloom this year or will I still have to wait till next year. Is it too early to start annuals?

Answer: It is probably too early to start annuals in January. Most take about eight to ten weeks to reach transplant size, so find out your last average frost date and count backwards from there to get a rough idea of timing. Most perennials will not bloom the first year no matter how early you start them, although there are a few exceptions. You can start them in spring with your annuals or if space is a problem, start them a bit later and set them out in the garden in a nursery bed where they can gain size and you can give them special care. When they are large enough, either this fall or next spring, transplant them to their intended garden spot.

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