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Name: Jane
Tobyhanna, PA (Zone 5a)
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May 5, 2016 6:13 AM CST
I have some 4 o'clock tubers stored in a closet that I would like to plant in about a week or so. Should I soak them first for an hour or two and then plant? Or plant dry and then water the planting area once until they begin to sprout? I have researched online and answers vary.
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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May 5, 2016 12:35 PM CST
I thought Four O'Clocks were annuals that went to seed like crazy. But you have tubers. Maybe they are treated as annuals but actually tender perennials?

I don't think you need to soak the tubers. You do need to soak seed but just to make them germinate faster. I would plant and water them in and wait.

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