Northern Gardening forum: Do any northern gardeners seed larkspur in the fall?

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Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Oct 5, 2012 5:01 AM CST
I am sowing larkspur over bulb plantings.
I came across: Hyacinth flowered dwarf larkspur.
I am using it near the front of beds and the tall larkspur nearer the back.
Just wondering if anyone else has tried these? and how did they do?
Name: woofie
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woofie
Oct 5, 2012 12:53 PM CST
I've never seen those, but it sounds like a lovely idea! And I would think they'd do just fine being seeded in the fall. I've certainly had volunteers show up in the spring. Be curious to hear from anyone who's tried them, too.
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sassafrass
Oct 6, 2012 3:08 PM CST
Caroline, I planted larkspur 3 yrs ago and it has reseeded itself every year since. I would think you'd be ok.
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Oct 7, 2012 3:28 AM CST
I am wondering if the dwarf kind might be more tender than the tall ones.
I guess that i will find out in the spring.
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Oct 14, 2014 9:30 AM CST
Fall sowing of larkspur was not successful here.
I wonder if it was the seed, or birds took them?
Or are winters too cold for them?
Maybe I should give them less winter by sowing in March?
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Oct 14, 2014 9:50 AM CST
So none of them grew? That's surprising. I had a couple of volunteers show up again this year, and I haven't planted any myself for several years. Once source mentioned that the seed doesn't keep well, so maybe the seeds weren't fresh? The same source also recommended planting the seeds in Sept to Oct, so the winter shouldn't be a problem.
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Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Oct 15, 2014 8:23 AM CST
Will try again, but make sure the seeds are covered well with mulch.
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Oct 15, 2014 9:58 AM CST
The planting instructions I've seen do recommend planting them about 1/4 inch deep. I collected some seeds off my volunteers; maybe I should plant them out now instead of waiting till spring.
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