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Name: Abbey
Eastern New York State (Zone 6a)
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Garden10
May 5, 2017 9:43 AM CST
Hi, please give me your opinions on this, I was reading about this plant, it's supposed to be native to my area and wonderful for butterflies and it propagates without becoming a nuisance (these are my impressions, feel free to say, uh, no!), a local nursery doesn't have it but can order it, $20 a pop, I'm imagining (hoping!) that's for a quart size, bad price, good price, I'm at the budget groaning stage for my garden, my soil is rocky clay. Anything you can teach me, I'll be happy to learn, thank you!!
"Every now and then I leave the book on the seat and go and have a refreshing potter among my flower beds from which I return greatly benefited, and with a more just conception of what is worth bothering about, and what is not." The Solitary Summer -- Elizabeth von Arnim
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
May 5, 2017 9:52 AM CST
Can you find seeds ???
Youll probably need to amend soil with mulch or compost. Clay soil eats it up pretty fast.
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
May 5, 2017 9:58 AM CST
Abbey : I googled: ironweed seeds. Found them. Thumbs up
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Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
Name: Abbey
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Garden10
May 5, 2017 10:12 AM CST
Philip honey, don't you know by now that seeds in my hand = disaster?? I need plants if I'm to stand a chance!! Big Grin
"Every now and then I leave the book on the seat and go and have a refreshing potter among my flower beds from which I return greatly benefited, and with a more just conception of what is worth bothering about, and what is not." The Solitary Summer -- Elizabeth von Arnim
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
May 5, 2017 10:36 AM CST
Abbey ! I'm 😭😭😭
I dont understand. I plant my seeds, sprinkle some snail pellets and bug-b-gone granualls on top. Water every day ( a necessity ) .
And !!! pow # RADISHES !!!
Opps 😬! I mean plants come up.

Are you trying indoors or outdoors ?
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Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
Name: Elena
NYC (Zone 7a)
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bxncbx
May 5, 2017 10:44 AM CST
Garden10, not sure if this is near you or not but the Catskill Native Nursery in Kerhonkson is having a seedling & wildflower festival May 20 & 21. I expect they probably sell ironweed. They also have an ugly plant sale the first of July where you could probably get some pretty cheap. I haven't been there (I just found out about them yesterday) but I bet if you call them they can give you good information in its growing habit (845-626-2758). I'm hoping to get up there at some point this spring/summer to see if they have anything that would do well for me.
Name: Abbey
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Garden10
May 5, 2017 11:29 AM CST
Ah Philip, it's always hard for people who have the touch not to understand how someone can't do it, but this is a lifelong thing with me, more often than not, critters get the seeds, but I've had weird gardening adventures with seed, either the plant doesn't come up, or it does and it's all foliage and no fruit -- but I'm OK with plants! I do have two sunflower seedlings that have just poked their heads up though, indoors -- 2 outta 10 ain't bad, huh?? Green Grin!

Elena, that sounds great, and I like their website, I was hoping they shipped, because the truth at this point is, although the place is about an hour from me, it is on the wrong side of the Hudson, and I've spent too much time on the wrong side of the Hudson, and with only less than 10 months under my belt on the RIGHT side, non-stop, I'm not ready to go back, even up by Woodstock! But I read through the literature on their site, and ironweed is listed as a native plant suitable for the Catskills, so it should work here, and also as a native alternative to the dreaded butterfly bush, so if no else has anything to say, I might just give it a go and see what happens. Thank You!
"Every now and then I leave the book on the seat and go and have a refreshing potter among my flower beds from which I return greatly benefited, and with a more just conception of what is worth bothering about, and what is not." The Solitary Summer -- Elizabeth von Arnim
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
May 5, 2017 1:15 PM CST
Abbey 😁
Two out of ten ain't bad, its a beginning. Hurray!
If your watering rite with good soil.
Then the other thing ya need to know, is your opponents !👺!
Critters, bugs, whatevers making a meal out of your seeds or seedlings.
Take care of them guys....and seeds are free to grow. 😁
Hear in the city, all i have to be concerned with is ! Cutworms snails slugs earwigs sowbugs and pillbugs. I deal with them dudes, and its a walk in the park, getting seeds started.
Do you know the opponates your up against ? Bugs, critters, etc.
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
Name: Abbey
Eastern New York State (Zone 6a)
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Garden10
May 5, 2017 1:42 PM CST
Philip, Joanna instructed me to plant these sunflowers with a collar to protect the seedlings from cutworm, that's why I'm doing them in cups, I'll cut out the bottom and trim the top and put them right in. Squirrels, raccoons and chipmunks are my friends here, not to mention any number of birds who may or may not take a fancy to them. So I'll plant them with the collars, put some Frank's or pepper around them and say a prayer! Angel
"Every now and then I leave the book on the seat and go and have a refreshing potter among my flower beds from which I return greatly benefited, and with a more just conception of what is worth bothering about, and what is not." The Solitary Summer -- Elizabeth von Arnim

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