Annuals forum: Direct sown Collensias (Chinese Houses )

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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Oct 24, 2010 4:50 AM CST
Need advise or encouragment
I direct sowed a bunch in 4 inch pots and have the pots in planter soil on the deck.
They have germinated. Teeeeeny 2 leaf sprouts.
I checked the directions and it said sow direct in late fall or start in the house 6 weeks before planting.
Am I going to loose them ?
Are they like annual poppies and will hug the ground until spring?
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Oct 24, 2010 6:29 AM CST
Are they hardy annuals or half-hardy? Hardy annuals should survive winter but I think that assumes they're in ground. If still too small to transplant, you could bury the whole container into the garden and hope for the best. Or, move them into a garage or other protected spot for winter.

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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
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ge1836
Oct 24, 2010 6:36 AM CST
The pots are in the planter soil up to their tops just enough so I can see them. I re-read the instructiond and think I am OK. I held back seed just incase.
Thanks for responding so quickly.
Here they are.
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Name: Linda
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mom2goldens
Oct 26, 2010 7:51 PM CST
I wintersowed some last year (first time growing these), and they bloomed in the spring --they were beautiful! I'm hoping they reseed this year.

I'd probably try to keep them in a protected area if you can since they are still so tiny.
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Oct 27, 2010 2:49 AM CST
I believe re-seeding plants are termed "hardy annuals" like poppies somnifarium and larkspur.
I held back half the seeds just incase I need to resow in spring.
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Oct 27, 2010 4:50 AM CST
Some reseeders are hardy annuals, but not all are.

My understanding is
Hardy annual- lives a year, not damaged by frost
Half hardy annual- lives a tear, damaged by, but can survive light frost
Tender annual- killed by frost

Tender perennial- perennial in frost free zones, grown as an annual in cold zones
Hardy perennial- not damaged by cold winter.

And these categories vary by the zone you live in.

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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
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ge1836
Oct 27, 2010 5:17 AM CST
You are most likely right.
I hope the CHouses return in spring. They are on a north-east side of the deck, so might be more protected there.
I will obcess about these plants until April when they are either going to be there or not.

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