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blomma wrote:
Hi: Definately worth starting plants from seeds. I only buy plants that I can't obtain seeds for. It is much cheaper when you need lots of plants.

Lights, etc. is a one time purchase since you can reuse it. Likewise with seedling flats. And if stored in the fridge protected in a baggie, seeds can last for more than a year.

I live in Wyoming so my climate is much colder. However, plants that I know will grow in your climate are Sedums and Sempervivums (hen and chicks) Neither can seeds be found for but they are usually offered in Walmart, Home Depot, etc. The reason I list them is that you can start new plants easily from cuttings. Just stick in the ground to root. Sedum comes as ground cover, or upright growing.

If you live near Walmart you can purchase seed sowing items now.

A perennial to easily grow from seed is Gaillardia (blanket flower). It will grow in your zone and is a great cut flower. Blooms all summer. Walmart sell the seeds.

Google some seed companiers. Here are two that I have used. Lots of information about the plants.

http://www.parkseed.com

http://www.burpee.com

Here is a data base link for starting seeds and purchasing cheap. Also gives culture.

http://www.jlhudsonseeds.net/index.htm

How long seeds need to be in "dirt" depends on the variety you are sowing. Some take a week, others can take 30 days.

The photo is of Gaillardia. One package of mixed seeds will give you the blend shown. Easy to grow and drought tolerant.


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