The Q&A Archives: Seeds for Mexican Hat and Yucca

Question: I have seeds for mexican hat and for yucca and I don't know if I should plant outside this fall or inside. If outside how deep do I plant the seeds and how many together? If inside the same and what should I start them in and when should I start them for spring planting?

I also have bulbs for muscari fantasy and crocus. I'm not sure on how deep to plant these. Could you please help me?

I also planted a rose bush and was told to leave it in the plastic container and just cut the bottom out. Was this right or wrong? Should I dig it back up and take it out of the container?

Answer: Store your seeds in a cool, dark place until the soil warms in spring, then plant them directly in the garden (bury the seeds only about one-half inch), or start them outdoors in pots filled with potting soil.

The muscari and crocus bulbs can be planted twice as deep as they are wide. Be sure to loosen the soil and plant the bulbs in groups rather than in rows. They'll look nicer when the bloom.

I've heard about planting roses by simply cutting the bottom of the nursery pot out, but I think that practice will restrict root growth. Wait until this winter when your rose is dormant and dig it up. Remove the nursery container, spread the roots out and cut off any that are broken or bent in sharp angles. Dig a generous hole for the roots and mound some soil at the bottom of the hole. Spread the roots out in a natural fashion and drape them over the mound of soil. Then backfill, gently tamping the earth down around the roots. Rainfall should help settle the soil and in the spring your rose bush should be well established and ready to grow.

Best wishes with your garden!

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