Seeds forum: Did I goof last night?

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Name: Pippi21
Silver Spring, Maryland 20906 (Zone 7a)
Pippi21
Mar 17, 2010 1:48 PM CST
I wintersowed 6 (1/2 gal. milk jugs)and now I see I should have direct sown them. Opps! Will they germinate?
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Mar 17, 2010 4:02 PM CST

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Pippi,

What were they? What kind of seeds?

Karen
Name: Pippi21
Silver Spring, Maryland 20906 (Zone 7a)
Pippi21
Mar 17, 2010 6:20 PM CST
Whoops! It's been one of those days! The seeds I planted last night were Oriental Poppies "Brilliant Red" I did not cover the seeds but did tap them down into the soil lightly. The soil was watered well before seeds were sprinkled over it.
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Mar 17, 2010 6:37 PM CST

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They should be fine. Just transplant while seedlings are small. When I did them, I wintersowed them in a jug.

Karen
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CarolineScott
Mar 19, 2010 8:51 PM CST
Not at all. WS poppies is good in that the birds and mice don't get the seeds and you have better control over light. The ones that I WS last year were further ahead than the direct sowed ones. They do not transplant all that well,but if one is careful---it works.
Name: Pippi21
Silver Spring, Maryland 20906 (Zone 7a)
Pippi21
Apr 4, 2010 9:40 PM CST
Hey, good news! Those oriential poppies have already germinated, all 6 (1/2 gal.jugs) Yippee!
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Onewish1
Apr 5, 2010 6:56 AM CST

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Hurray!
Name: Pippi21
Silver Spring, Maryland 20906 (Zone 7a)
Pippi21
Nov 13, 2010 9:02 AM CST
Karen,
Yesterday I decided to plant a pkt. of Larkspur(Giant Imperial mix from Burpee) and I put them in a strip of 5 small peat pots with MG potting soil/moisture crystals and planted them the depth of the peat pots, spreading a light layer of vermitculite over them. Then pulled the mulch over that. I bet that's too deep. I finally got a magnifying glass and looked at the pkt. directions and you're only supposed to sow them 1/4 inch. Should I just leave them and see if they will germinate or dig those up today and replant them? I had read that they don't like to be transplanted so that was my reasoning for the peat pots, so I could plant them in the ground. I still have one pkt. and I'm tempted to go out, pull back my mulch and sow them directly in the ground. Do I cover the mulch back over them? Will seeds that are spread over mulch come up? I'm going to learn how to direct sow if it kills me. Seems like a no brainer but things keep getting in my way of comprehending what I'm supposed to do. Remember how unsure I was last year of wintersowing? Hey, can't wait till January to roll around and I can get my milk jugs planted! I'm only planting 36 this year.(1/2 gal.) Wintersowing does work with the milk jugs for all you newbies. Try it, you'll like it! I'm sold on it now. One of these days I'm going to get brave and try "growing under lights"
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Nov 13, 2010 10:44 AM CST

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Pippi, it sounds like you took a very simple process (direct sowing) and tried your best to make it complicated. Big Grin

When learning about wintersowing, you most likely heard of the possible hazards of direct sowing- washing away with rain or snow, being eaten by critters, etc. But it does work well for some seeds. I had much better results with directly sowing larkspur than wintersowing. But I sowed them in late summer/early fall so they'd sprout then winter over as seedlings. I'd just recommend sowing enough of them to allow for some loss. All you need to do is loosen the soil with a stiff rake, remove obvious big debris like big stones or big chunks of mulch. Scatter the seeds, cover lightly, mist with water to keep moist. Hope for the best. Not all will sprout, and some loss is inevitable.

I do think it's late to direct sow larkspur. They might sprout in spring and grow well, they just won't be as big as if you'd sown them earlier and let them spend the winter out there as tiny seedlings.

Re: the peat pots, did you intend to transplant? Then you might as well wintersow them, right? Am I missing something? And I have little experience with peat pots but they're supposed to rot away after planting.

Karen
Name: Pippi21
Silver Spring, Maryland 20906 (Zone 7a)
Pippi21
Nov 13, 2010 11:41 AM CST
You probably didn't miss anything; it's my reading comprehension that got in the way. I don't have any experience with peat pots either. Will seeds scattered on top of mulch germinate without any soil on top of them? I scattered the rest of that pkt. over the mulch in the back of the flowerbed. Do you think I need to go out there and scatter some potting soil or seed starting mix over the mulch where the seeds were scattered? There's no way I'd be able to see the seed on top of that mulch..but if you or anyboyd else thinks it will help..I can do that. I will be sure to water what I sowed today though. It's already 68 degrees outside and just right after 12:40pm..Another beautiful day in our neighborhood! Might as well enjoy it while we can. Winter really is coming eventually!
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
Forum moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cut Flowers Winter Sowing Charter ATP Member Seed Starter
Echinacea Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: Ohio Region: United States of America Butterflies Hummingbirder
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kqcrna
Nov 13, 2010 2:25 PM CST

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What kind of mulch is it?

I think I'd just wet it and hope for the best. But in the future, try to remove mulch first so that the seed will be in contact with soil.

Karen

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