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 Post subject: Need Advise for Planting Perrenial Seeds
Post Posted: Apr 20, 2017 2:49 pm 
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I was gifted several variations of perennial flower seeds. Need some advise for getting these to grow at this altitude.

Forgive my typing if I didn't get these right. I'm new to this task. Seeds are:

Bachelor buttons
Sweet William
Primrose
Purple Bells
Columbine
Maiden Pink

Appreciate any feedback. I have a spot in mind on the property which has good top soil and viewable from the road and the driveway. Can't do too close to the house as that gets cut several timer per year. Also looking for input on the right time in the spring to plant or spread if that matters. Thanks for the feedback.


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Post Posted: Apr 21, 2017 11:08 am 
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Surprised the resident gardeners have not responded yet. Depending on your elevation, plant now or early May. I just scattered them into the soil, raked them in, and kept moist until growing well. Water as needed.

Sometimes they grow great. Sometimes not. I don't put a lot of effort into it. Bachelor Button, Purple Bell, Columbine and Maiden Pink come back every year which is cool.

The Deer will eat the Columbine.


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Post Posted: Apr 21, 2017 11:10 am 
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To get the best germination rate you can start them now in pots inside and then transplant later.

Or the easiest way...

Prep the area with some light raking (raking in some compost if needed). Scatter the seeds and cover with a thin layer (1/4 inch) of peat moss. Do this the day before our next predicted snow/rain storm. Then help keep it moist for a couple of weeks.

This is the right time of Spring to plant wild flowers ... mid April to mid May.

But be aware that the birds and various critters love those little seeds and seedlings. And once they flower the deer will thank you.

Good luck


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Post Posted: Apr 21, 2017 11:45 am 
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Thanks for the good advise. I think I'll get them in today as we are supposed to get more moisture over the weekend. The water truck will come in handy for keeping them moist ;)


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