Seeds forum: Do you think this idea would work?

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Name: Bonnie
Chandler, AZ (Zone 9b)
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droughttolerant
Feb 9, 2015 9:24 AM CST
I have poppy seeds and didn't winter sow because I kept seeing 'they don't transplant well'. Sighing! Has anyone tried it successfully? Anyway, direct sowing is a disaster for me. I step on spots where I've sown. So I thought, I have a bazillian sour cream and large yogurt containers I use for making seedling labels. What if I cut the circular tops off the containers, keeping the sides at a depth of just two inches or so, stuck them in the ground and sowed within the circle? Gives me a visual so I know where I sowed and hopefully I wouldn't step on the seeds. Do you think this would work? Hey, we need a smilie scratching his head! Big Grin
Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Xeramtheum
Feb 9, 2015 9:26 AM CST
Here is an article I've done for transplanting plants that don't like their roots disturbed. Since I've been using this method have never lost a plant. I also make templates for plants going into the ground.

http://garden.org/ideas/view/Xeramtheum/1497/No-Stress-Plant...
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Name: Bonnie
Chandler, AZ (Zone 9b)
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droughttolerant
Feb 9, 2015 9:32 AM CST
What a great idea! Definitely will be using that! Thank You!
Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Xeramtheum
Feb 9, 2015 9:38 AM CST
You're welcome!
"Don't judge your day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant."

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Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Feb 9, 2015 10:05 AM CST

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I have wintersown poppies in jugs and transplanted, no problem. The trick is you have to transplant them when they're really tiny, like one or two true leaves. You have to do it before the taproot is well formed. If you're weather is still cold, no problem. Poppies love the cold weather.

Poppies From 2006

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RockGardner
Feb 9, 2015 10:27 AM CST
It is a great idea, though a little bit of a process. To make it a little more simple, here's what I do. I buy those screened pencil cups at the Dollar Store and place them over the planted seeds, open side down of course. I'll bury the cups about an inch to keep them in place. I'll also place the tag inside the cup so it won't go anywhere. This idea will also keep the seeds (and seedlings) from being disturbed by critters like squirrels and such. When the seedlings begin to outgrow the protected space, time to remove the cup.

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Name: Bonnie
Chandler, AZ (Zone 9b)
Region: Arizona Bee Lover Butterflies Hummingbirder Xeriscape Birds
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droughttolerant
Feb 9, 2015 11:23 AM CST
Kqcrna, thank you! Wow, those are beautiful. Our temps right now are high 70s in afternoon, falling to mid 40s early hours. Too hot already? What are the approximate temps you set out your poppies?

RockGardener, thanks for such a great idea! I hope nobody needs pencil holders right now, because there may be a shortage in the valley! Green Grin!

I want to give a big shout-out of thanks to all who have posted here. I just went through every thread in this forum. There is so much you've shared, so much knowledge, so many great ideas, and everyone is so friendly! Thanks for helping all of us who are learning how to grow from seed. Thank You!
Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Xeramtheum
Feb 9, 2015 11:25 AM CST
That's why we are all here .. to learn from each other!
"Don't judge your day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant."

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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
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kqcrna
Feb 9, 2015 12:53 PM CST

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I'm not sure about the temps, it was so long ago. I haven't grown them in years. But mine did better in cooler weather, so if you're going to sow them, I'd recommend you waste no time.

We're delighted to have you, Bonnie!

Karen
Name: Allison
NJ (Zone 6a)
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Onewish1
Feb 10, 2015 5:13 AM CST

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yes I would get moving if you are going to sow them.. but I transplanted from a milk jug to cow pots.. made sure I put lots of perlite so the soil would stay loose and it would be easy to separate them.. did I have some losses ... yes.. but enough survived that I had some to give to friends and plant what I wanted
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Feb 10, 2015 8:56 AM CST
I have used plastic colanders to cover outdoor sowings,
but the pencil holders would allow more light.
I anchor the colander with a garden staple so critters don't move them.

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