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May 13, 2017 3:29 PM CST
I need to know if I should plant them in a very small area around front yard tree or the patch with a larger area by front porch.
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May 13, 2017 3:42 PM CST
This does not anser your question but...
If you direct sow the seeds there is a good chance you will end up will very few plants. Best to start the seeds in a sterile seed starting medium. After the plants develop their true leaves you can harden them off and then plant them out. (In my experience) that's the best way to get the maximum plants from a seed pack.
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May 13, 2017 4:44 PM CST
Hi and welcome. As greene says, sowing seeds directly into a bed is a big gamble. You may get some plants or you may get none. Wind, rain and blazing sun, soil and critters all take a toll on seeds, and new seedlings need very consistent moisture (but not too much) and sometimes they need protection too, in order to get strong enough to grow.

If you'd let us know whereabouts you are, we could also advise you better. You can fill in your location in your profile.

The pansies are very tiny seeds and very slow to germinate. You'd bee better off to start them in the fall, winter over the tiny plants and plant them out next spring. If you have a very moist shady place, the Forget-me Nots might get a good start and establish themselves this summer, but most likely won't bloom until next spring as well.

The sunflowers will start in a sunny spot, with lots of water. IF you don't have squirrels and birds that will gobble up the seeds.

To be sure to get some flowers this summer, I'd advise you to buy some transplants, and get your seeds started for next year's garden.

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