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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
May 9, 2017 9:17 AM CST
I am so jealous. I have tried both types of Ratibida but they never reseed or come back the next year.
Zone 6a must be too cold.
Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
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TexasPlumeria87
May 9, 2017 11:57 AM CST
Wow I can't believe your ratibida never reseed. I'm having the opposite problem, I'm finding seedlings everywhere and if I don't pull them up, I'll have a huge clump of ratibida. I've transferred a few to other parts of my yard and given some seedlings to friends as well. Yesterday I had to use the weedeater because the seedlings were popping up outside of the flowerbed and in the lawn. What type of soil do you have? Mine seem to be happy and grow the best in compacted clay soil. My only issue is I have to stake them because they get floppy.
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cat Lover Heucheras Hellebores Container Gardener
Birds Region: New York Irises Garden Ideas: Master Level Avid Green Pages Reviewer Lilies
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ge1836
May 9, 2017 12:09 PM CST
WOW ,What a problem. I believe they are barely hardy here in New York State.
I do have clay soil but winters here are terrible.
I tried to find the plant at Bluestone where I first bought it but they don't carry anymore.

I have the overabundant problem with annual poppies.
They are everywhere.
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Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
Winter Sowing Butterflies Salvias Houseplants Native Plants and Wildflowers Birds
Bulbs Amaryllis Cactus and Succulents Tropicals Region: Texas Bromeliad
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TexasPlumeria87
May 9, 2017 1:34 PM CST
I was looking at the plant database and it said they were hardy to zone 3. I wonder why they're not thriving and reseeding in your zone? Confused I wonder if it's the amount of rainfall and snow your area gets during winter? Our winters are usually dry and fairly mild with a few exceptions, but you would think that wouldn't be a factor since they're supposed to be hardy to zone 3?
Those annual poppies are beautiful! I grew a double flowered poppy last year but the first light rain we had knocked all of the petals off it. Thumbs down
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cat Lover Heucheras Hellebores Container Gardener
Birds Region: New York Irises Garden Ideas: Master Level Avid Green Pages Reviewer Lilies
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ge1836
May 10, 2017 2:50 AM CST
Yes, I believe I checked the zone on Bluestone and thought I could grow them.
Thanks for the info.
Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
Winter Sowing Butterflies Salvias Houseplants Native Plants and Wildflowers Birds
Bulbs Amaryllis Cactus and Succulents Tropicals Region: Texas Bromeliad
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TexasPlumeria87
May 10, 2017 5:18 AM CST
You're welcome. I wonder if the ones at the nursery were a weaker strain? Sometimes I have to help mine out with reseeding, and I just take the seedpods and run my fingers through it to scatter the seeds in other parts of my garden, most of the time it doesn't need my help at all. I tried to start some Red Midget ratibida from seed but the seedlings died despite my care.
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cat Lover Heucheras Hellebores Container Gardener
Birds Region: New York Irises Garden Ideas: Master Level Avid Green Pages Reviewer Lilies
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ge1836
May 10, 2017 8:23 AM CST
YUP Red Midget was the one I had. I loved the color.
I also planted the yellow variety 2 years ago and the main plant came back a second year.I haven't seen it this year.
Such an unusual shape too.
Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
Winter Sowing Butterflies Salvias Houseplants Native Plants and Wildflowers Birds
Bulbs Amaryllis Cactus and Succulents Tropicals Region: Texas Bromeliad
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TexasPlumeria87
May 10, 2017 9:12 AM CST
I wonder if Red Midget is a weaker cultivar? I think mine are the wild kind? I sowed some of the yellow flower kind but the seedlings are still small. I'll transplant them once they grow a little larger because I'd love to mix the regular ones with the yellow ones. I wonder why your yellow one hasn't returned?
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cat Lover Heucheras Hellebores Container Gardener
Birds Region: New York Irises Garden Ideas: Master Level Avid Green Pages Reviewer Lilies
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ge1836
May 10, 2017 10:01 AM CST
That would look fantastic.
Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
Winter Sowing Butterflies Salvias Houseplants Native Plants and Wildflowers Birds
Bulbs Amaryllis Cactus and Succulents Tropicals Region: Texas Bromeliad
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TexasPlumeria87
May 10, 2017 11:19 AM CST
Hopefully they'll do well? Thumbs up I wonder if you mixed some decomposed granite and pine bark to your soil, they would have a better chance of reseeding? I've been using that mix for a lot of my wildflowers and they do very well in it. Since you get more rainfall and snow than me maybe that's causing the seeds to not germinate?

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