All Things Gardening forum: What's in YOUR big box store? (Regional variability?)

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Name: Eric
Hawthorne, fl (Zone 9a)
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Feb 3, 2020 11:27 AM CST
I have success usually putting one seed in a small pot and transfer them as they get bigger. I may try one of those jiffy green house pellet things just to see if it works because the price seemed reasonable compared to buying a bag of potting soil.
Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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gardenfish
Feb 3, 2020 1:00 PM CST
That works, too. Cosmos, marigolds and zinnias work well doing this. The seeds are larger and easy to handle.
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Hamwild
Feb 3, 2020 1:12 PM CST
katesflowers said:Oooo - delphiniums !
I usually buy a flat of tiny plants from my local mom&pop nursery in early Spring. I like the tall ones. The mix of colors are in the blue tones, but you never know what you'll get.

Yesterday Meijers started pulling out Valentine fun stuff. These are Sweetheart Hoya starts.
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Sadly, those are just rooted leaves. They won't turn into anything and die eventually. Sad
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Hamwild
Feb 3, 2020 1:13 PM CST
Can you sprinkle seeds over mulch or do you have to move the mulch and plant individual seeds?
Name: kathy
Michigan (Zone 4b)
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katesflowers
Feb 3, 2020 2:26 PM CST
I direct seed zinnia & other annuals in my flower garden. I first work up the soil, cut a shallow furrow (using a string line), place the seeds in the row and gently rake a light covering of soil over them. Tamp the newly planted area down with your boots. You would need to lightly sprinkle the area each day, until the seeds sprout, if it doesn't rain.
Don't forget to save your dried flower heads next fall, so you don't have to buy seeds in Spring of 2021.
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Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
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Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
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Gina1960
Feb 3, 2020 2:51 PM CST
I may have to try seeds this season
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Name: Bob
Vernon N.J. (Zone 6a)
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NJBob
Feb 8, 2020 8:43 PM CST
HD here just received Fruit trees and Forsythia.
Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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gardenfish
Feb 9, 2020 2:58 AM CST
Fruit trees pooping up all over here.
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Name: Eric
Hawthorne, fl (Zone 9a)
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Miamiu
Feb 10, 2020 12:30 PM CST
Went to lowes. They had a lot of salvia. Some indigos, red, and peach. I bought a salvia splendens. They may think winter is over because the label says zone 10 hardy for cold on the label.
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
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Gina1960
Feb 10, 2020 1:42 PM CST
HA Eric I know right? Winter isn;t over for me until April 1
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Hamwild
Feb 10, 2020 2:09 PM CST
If I'm lucky, it's April 1st (supposed to be our last frost date). We had a freeze the middle of April last year. Blinking
Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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gardenfish
Feb 10, 2020 4:10 PM CST
Our last frost date is April 15. The latest frost I remember was a hard frost on April 25, which took out all the peaches here and 75% of the strawberries. Haven't been to Lowe's lately, but you can bet they have tomatoes already. Grumbling
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Name: Bob
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NJBob
Feb 10, 2020 5:23 PM CST
Safe planting here is May 15th, but you need to be careful till the end of the month.
Name: kathy
Michigan (Zone 4b)
Zone 4b, near St. Clair MI
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katesflowers
Feb 11, 2020 6:31 AM CST
Me, too Bob. Spring seems so far away.
I see seed racks & seed starting kits at HD & Lowes, but that's it.
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Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
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Gina1960
Feb 11, 2020 6:36 AM CST
Our actual average frost free date is supposedly March 10-15ish. But we almost ALWAYS have another episode of cold in the last week of March. Once we had a single night of 28F sandwiched in-between 2 nights with a low in the 60's! I have learned over the years it better to just bite my nails and wait. Nothing worse that planting something nice out and it getting frost nipped, or moving out a bunch of camper plants and having to schlepp them right back in. I cruised Lowes yesterday for some orchid bark and they had all the pansies and ornamental cabbage on the discount rack for 50 cents. But the only 'new' stuff that I have not seen before were all the ubiquitous Valentine's Day phalaenopsis
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Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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gardenfish
Feb 11, 2020 6:56 AM CST
Totally agree with you about waiting, Gina! I used to put out tomatoes in March(!) , and then rush out to cover them up every time the night time temps dipped below 32 degrees.... I found out personally that this stuns the plants and they never produce as well as they should. I put them out May 1st, now.
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Hamwild
Feb 11, 2020 8:28 AM CST
As I was leaving Walmart this morning, I saw the Bonnie guy setting stuff up. Blinking
Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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gardenfish
Feb 11, 2020 12:26 PM CST
D'Oh! D'Oh! Grumbling Grumbling
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Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
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Gina1960
Feb 11, 2020 1:14 PM CST
There were people buying tomatoes at Home Depot today. HD was unloading the full complement of the 'usual' tropicals....common bromeliads, spathiphyllums, etc. Nothing new.
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Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
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Gina1960
Feb 17, 2020 7:45 PM CST
Lowe's here has BIG nice ALocasia Regal Shields for $16.98
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