Team Seeds, or Plants?: Combination of both here!

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Team Seeds, or Plants?

By Trish
November 6, 2011

What kind of gardener are you: Team Seeds, or Team Plants?

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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Nov 5, 2011 9:00 PM CST
While I love planting seeds I have a tendency to sow them in containers beneath other plants and never label them ... therefore I never remember what the heck is sprouting beneath the Schefflera tree or in the container with the Ficus tree etc. I'm also a sucker for plants that someone else has already tended and brought to maturity and strolling through a garden center or nursery usually finds thee or four (or more) in my cart ... instant gratification! It's hard to pick a favorite so I guess i'm on both team seed and team plants but I lean more toward team plants.
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Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo) (Zone 10b)
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AlohaHoya
Nov 5, 2011 9:38 PM CST
I tend to go for plants, if I find what I like at the market. I can buy 3 goodsized seedlings for $2. By the time I buy the seed and dance the dance I am easily into that much. Besides, good strong seedlings are well grown by someone who knows what they are doing and they do it well. I am willing to let go and buy the plant!!! Had to pull out all of my bokchoys due to an infestation of white fly or something...and as I grew them from seed it made it mad to have to destroy them. I

I always plant more than we need. I love sharing!
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Name: Becky (Boo)
Phoenix, AZ 85022
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Boopaints
Nov 5, 2011 10:03 PM CST
I love watching a seed germinate and become a strong survivor but it seems plants do better for me so I tend to buy those little instant gratifications.
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Nov 5, 2011 10:14 PM CST
I can't make a choice, so I'm posting in Combination of both thread. : )
I love doing both ways.
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Nov 6, 2011 2:28 AM CST
I agree
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller
Name: Anthony Gloriosoides[ sure!]
Rosetta,Tasmania,Australia (Zone 7b)
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gwhizz
Nov 6, 2011 2:58 AM CST
Australia is hard and costly to import bulbs[your dealing with the government ]:blinking: so i am lucky to have so many gracious seed donors[you know who you are] from all around the world.I do buy as many 'rare ' liliums from around this state as i can.,.The quality is brilliant Thumbs up
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Name: Allison
NJ (Zone 6a)
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Onewish1
Nov 6, 2011 9:52 AM CST
I am a combo person too.. quick growing annuals from seed are the best.. sometimes waiting 3 years or more for perennials can make me crazy .. the ones I don't want to wait for... I buy plants
Name: Janice
Cape Cod, MA, USA (Zone 7a)
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sandnsea2
Nov 6, 2011 10:13 AM CST
Both, for sure!
Ah, the fun of seeds!
And seed is the only way for me to get the specialty plants from England I like.
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
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MaryE
Nov 6, 2011 11:30 AM CST
The miracle of a dead looking seed coming to life with the addition of soil and water, never ceases to amaze me. Think of it, a cabbage seed is about this o big, and will grow a 10 pound cabbage in about 4 months! Mostly I grow vegies from seed, and buy flowers.
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Name: Linda
Tucson, Arizona
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quietyard
Nov 6, 2011 4:13 PM CST
I go both ways on this question as well. I share Becky's love of the instant gratification that plants give us but also love the miracle of seeds like Mary said. Our nurseries show the same plants year after year . Seeds are the only way to get something different . Thumbs up
" And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden" Genesis 2:8
Name: Angie
Concord, NC (zone 7)
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Hemophobic
Nov 6, 2011 8:06 PM CST
Have to say I do both, more and more of the seeds, though, as I can't bring myself to pay the prices even the big box stores want for plants these days.
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Name: Pat(rick) George
Finland (previously England)
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patgeorge
Nov 7, 2011 11:31 AM CST
Generally I prefer seeds; but the very short growing season here means I just have to buy in some plants. Very few Finnish gardeners grow from seed; so there's a very limited selection available, and I buy most in from England.
Name: Ginger
Fountain, Florida (Zone 8b)
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gingin
Nov 7, 2011 4:13 PM CST
Combo here as well. I try to get seeds going about Jan. in the GH. Moved most of my begonias in today...no $$ to replace each year and we do get cold (hard freeze at times) here so they get to cuddle with the plummies and brugs.
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