The Q&A Archives: Burpee Flower Planting Guide

Question: In the Flower Planting Guide of your 1998 catalogue, there is a column with symbols indicating the proper time to plant the various plants listed. For those plants with the symbol for "start early indoors" along with one of the other symbols, does that mean to start seeds early indoors AND plant the seedlings outdoors at the time indicated, or does it mean that the seeds can be started early indoors OR sown outdoors at the indicated time?

Answer: Your second interpretation is correct. For instance, you can start Zinnias indoors early so they're 4-week old transplants when you put them in the garden after your last frost date, or you can sow the seeds directly in the garden after your last frost date. The benefit of starting the seeds indoors is that the plants will flower earlier in the season than if you were to sow the seeds directly in the garden.

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