Perennials forum: Balloon flowers from seed - Easy to grow?

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Name: Julia
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JuliaNY
Feb 9, 2012 5:32 PM CST
I've been thinking to try and find some seeds for Balloon flowers in the catalogs I have but nothing so far so will start an internet search but wondered just how easy to start these indoors and then transplant out in late spring? Has anyone
grown them from seed indoors and then planted out in spring?

I haven't grown them before but thought the blues would add a touch of bling to the garden.

Julia
Upstate NY
Zone 6
Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Feb 9, 2012 7:04 PM CST
I tried to wintersow them for 4 or 5 years in a row and never had one sprout. I know lots of wintersowers who swear they're the easiest seeds to grow, but not for me. I think they just don't like me.

I've never tried them in the house.

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Name: Julia
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JuliaNY
Feb 10, 2012 8:06 AM CST
I don't have much luck with winter sowing so usually start all my seeds indoors and then transplant out in spring.
Julia
Upstate NY
Zone 6
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Feb 10, 2012 8:41 AM CST
I direct-sowed them here last year and they did fine. Now I'll find out if they come back this year. :greengrin

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Name: Julia
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JuliaNY
Feb 10, 2012 12:14 PM CST
Tee: Where did you buy your seeds from?
Julia
Upstate NY
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Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Feb 10, 2012 12:27 PM CST
Julia, I think I bought my seeds at one of the local farm supply stores here ... most likely Rural King. That probably doesn't help you very much since I can't remember the company name that was on the seed packs. Let me see if I still have an empty seed package. Sometimes I keep them.
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Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Feb 10, 2012 12:33 PM CST
Swallowtail seeds has a lot of varieties of Balloon flowers, if that helps, and they have a good reputation.
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Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Feb 10, 2012 12:43 PM CST
Good to know, woofie.

Julia, I'm thinking Summer Hill Seeds.
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Name: woofie
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woofie
Feb 10, 2012 1:03 PM CST
Tee, I bought a bunch of Summer Hill seeds on a co-op once, and I was not very pleased. The prices seemed a bit high for the number of seeds in a packet, and I did NOT have good germination rates from them. I mentioned it to them, too, and got no response. I hate to bad mouth a company for one negative experience, but I was not too pleased, and as I recall a number of other participants had similar complaints.
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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Feb 10, 2012 1:09 PM CST
Well, that's good know. My balloon flowers were okay, but that might not have been the company.

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Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Feb 10, 2012 1:41 PM CST
I haven't totally written off the company, because they do have some hard-to-find varieties, but they're a last resort for me now.
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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Feb 10, 2012 1:44 PM CST
True. Sometimes companies seem to go downhill for awhile and then they turn around. Hope that's the case. Green Grin!


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Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Feb 10, 2012 1:54 PM CST
Oh, and speaking of GOOD vendors, I've been really happy with Diane's Seeds, and she does have some balloon flowers, too.
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Name: Julia
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JuliaNY
Feb 10, 2012 5:56 PM CST
Thanks for the names of companies. It is always good to get recommendations for online vendors. Thumbs up
Julia
Upstate NY
Zone 6
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Feb 10, 2012 6:05 PM CST
And speaking of vendors, I wonder if Dave is going to set us up with a place to rate garden vendors?
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Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

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PollyK
Feb 28, 2012 6:37 PM CST
I surely hope he does, and I hope we can upload pictures into it. Not being able to see pictures makes me suspect some times, and I get suspect easily, LOL. I think if someone had seen some of the pictures I took of plants they would never even consider buying from a certain company.

But sometimes I see poor ratings on a good company, and wonder if perhaps the rater is just not a novice gardener, and maybe the product was fine.
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Feb 28, 2012 7:08 PM CST
You know, that is an interesting thought. Maybe when we do get a vendor list, would it make sense to allow other members to give a "thumbs up" or maybe just an "agree/disagree" rating to the posted opinion?
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Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Feb 29, 2012 3:36 AM CST
And people often tend to rate something when they are disgruntled, have a bad experience, and want to complain. When all is well folks tend to go on their merry way without a second thought or so much as a "thank you" quite often. Human nature.








The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Feb 29, 2012 10:39 AM CST
Oh, isn't that true! I just had the joy of selecting a new dishwasher, and reading all the reviews online....for every positive review of any product, there were at least two or three unhappy reviews.
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Feb 29, 2012 10:45 AM CST
I agree
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller

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