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Winter seed sowing


I’m thinking of trying winter seed sowing. The seeds I want to grow are pansies, stocks and petunias. Has anyone had any success with this germination method? Dennis, what do you think? - Wild Child


  1. 1 year, 2 months ago

    Winter seeding is one of those fun things to try. For many plants such as larkspur, hesperis and poppies I think it is best to scatter the seed in the fall as these need to germinate in the fall, overwinter than flower come spring.

    Pansies are very slow from seed. I would maybe try some of the violas that are more durable than the large flowering pansies. I have not experimented with stocks. For the petunias I would wait a while longer and like the violas try some of the older heirloom type varieties.

    Hope that helps. I would love to hear some other comments and experiences. Dennis

  2. 1 year, 2 months ago

    I love winter sowing and will put down seeds in the fall and sometimes over the winter months. Here are some of the seeds that I collect from plants for sowing over the winter:

    Love in a Mist: sow in fall so it germinates. Mine is up and still green, even in January. This plant dries up and peters out in the heat of summer, but it’s a real beauty. The seed heads are beautiful.

    Snapdragons Garden Balsam Basket of Gold Alyssum (a perennial) Portulaca

    I also leave my zinnias and annual vincas at the end of the season as they self-sow very nicely the following season.

  3. 1 year, 2 months ago

    Thanks for the ideas.

  4. 1 year, 2 months ago

    Petunias will not grow under fluorescent lights alone. Hang a small clear incandescent bulb with then. It produces a red ray of light that fluorescent lights do not have.

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