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Name: Reid
North Branch, MN (Zone 4b)
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Jan 24, 2016 12:55 PM CST
Can I winter sow Cockscomb now in zone 4?
Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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Jan 24, 2016 1:04 PM CST
I never had any luck winter sowing it. But that is not to say you can't! Actually, I never had any luck growing it now that I think of it.
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Name: Reid
North Branch, MN (Zone 4b)
Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Jan 24, 2016 2:09 PM CST
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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Jan 24, 2016 2:23 PM CST
I would think not since it's a warm climate plant that does not need a cold treatment to germinate. I've had the occasional seedling come up the following year, which would mean the odd fallen seed survived winter, but those are few and far between so maybe most don't make it through the winter. Generally the instructions for Celosia say to start indoors at fairly warm temperatures, or sow outdoors after the last frost. The plants themselves certainly can't take much cold.
Name: Teri
Mount Bethel, PA
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Feb 15, 2016 6:30 AM CST
I "winter sow" all my annuals (that don't self seed) in March. I like the idea of putting them out there in milk jugs without having to care for them. I have so many things under lights indoors that I put out everything that doesn't fit on the shelves indoors. Mostly everything germinates this way.
Name: Susan Johnston
OKC, OK (Zone 7a)
Feb 18, 2016 11:36 AM CST
I, too, will winter sow my heat loving annuals next month. The other thing I like about WS'ing is not needing to harden off the plants.


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