rudbeckia green wizard -- Ruds are easy too. most are second year bloomers, but i'd imagine in warmer zones, you could get them started in the Fall and they'd bloom the next summer.
hollyhocks -- easy. again most are second year bloomers as they are Bi-Annuals.
Green foliage the first year, flower stalks and blooms the second... But they drop enough seeds that after the first year you will always have them.
sunflowers -- easy. I have found they do not like being transplanted.. so do so when they are still small.
morning glories -- easy. once you get them, they drop so many seeds, you will have them forever.
Hollyhock reseed in my clay soil.
I find the amaranthus I direct sow grows faster than the ones that I WS because they don't suffer transplant shock. These reseed.
Ruds and coneflower reseed, also Knautia macedonica, Verbena bonariensis, Joe Pye weed, and Malva 'Zebrina' are some of my favorite reseeds.
mamajack... the soil where i plant [it actually is not my property, but state property] is an old corn field. My Hollyhocks do throw a lot of seeds, but I'm not over whelmed with them. this was only my second year with blooms... I actually just came in from weeding, if you really should weed in Nov... but I have tiny lil HH babies... so i will see what next year brings.
I have tried direct sowing some, with no luck.
I think MG's [all of them] will reseed. best place to ask would be the MG forum. I do not know enough about them to know if I have the Jap variety. but my GrandPa Otts have been reseeding since 07 ... and I only planted them that year... all others have come back by seed... luckily, i love them.
Blue Flax reseeds very nicely. Bachelor Buttons, Rudbeckias, Mexican Hats, I'd think any that would be considered a "prairie" plant would reseed nicely. those off the top of my head reseed in my flower beds. OH and Brazilian Bachelor Buttons.
as for Green Envy - I have not tried growing that one so i dont know if it is any different from any other Echine. I've got tons of the Eastern purpurea. Hopefully next year all the others I WS'ed will bloom.
I have had decent luck with the Amaranthus winter sowing them and planting out. Ones that come back from fallen seed tend to 'be behind' the WS ones and are much smaller in size.
well in miss. where there is sandy soil a guy there had the regular yellow ones reseeding. it's never happened here though. i have a bunch of thunbergia seeds that i bought in bulk from gardengirl so i'm going to try them both ways.
The native gaillardia don't need much to sprout, so don't WS them until mid-Feb. I think all they need is a bit of water and sun in order to sprout! LOL I WS a whole container of them last year and even the ones that didn't get covered with dirt germinated. I have 10,000 babies under the ONE plant I planted last spring, so they are prolific reseeders. Each head has about a bazillion seeds on it, too.
I've successfully WS plain rudbeckia with great success. They take awhile to get going as they like nice, warm soil. Again, I wouldn't sow until mid-Feb on those here in our area.
I've sown all kinds of rudbeckia. I sow them early, Jan or Feb. I also plant them out in very early spring, when really tiny. Often they only have a set or two of true leaves. Once in the ground, they take off and grow pretty fast for me.
Has anyone every WS delphinum? I would like to try those. Information I've read states that they should be sowed directly. I was told that any seeds that can be sown directly usually do well being WS in containers. You all gave some useful information. For winter sowing. I am going to try foxgloves, malva, hollyhocks, delphiniums,rudbeckias (several cultivars), butterfly weed and butterfly bush. I'm interested in having a bf and hb garden with xeriscape and native plants. If anyone has any advice I would greatly appreciate it, especially regarding delphiniums.
Diamond... did you happen to get any Bronze Fennel seeds? Great herb for the Swallowtails, and so cool looking too.
The only time i tried Delph seeds... they were old seeds, marked that way on the baggie, and i guess the seeds need to be fresh. I purchased two little ones, mid-season at WallyWorld on sale... did get some seeds, but now i have no idea where they are... but if i find them, i will WS them and hope for the best.
TC, I never heard of bronze fennel seeds but I will look them up. I bought a couple of delp plants and only one of them survived so I don't know if the one reseeded. What do you mean by "fresh" seeds? Are you saying that you have to harvet the seeds and plant them right away?
I still have some Guardian Blue Delphinium seeds that are fresh off my plants this fall, if you want some. Tcs, I will check to see if I put some in your Piggy bag. I am planning to get them in the mail today.
Diamond... the only Milkweed I have seeds for at the moment are the "Common" Milkweed Asclepias syriaca
I have very few of the scarlet Asclepias curassavica... but i'll sow them and have tons of seeds next year.
and with the Bronze Fennel being hardy here... i do not ever need to sow them again... so those seeds i still have.
the probably get 24-30" high.
I have had great! success ws hollyhocks and gallardia.
I have ws magnus coneflower seeds and grow true from seeds.
Anyone needing any 09 fresh seeds of magnus coneflower, let me know?
These are great! to ws.
I would love to have some of the magnus coneflower. I'm papraying I have as much success as you all have had. You all make it sound so easy. If anyine can mess up something easy I can and I'm good at it!
Tcs, it is just a simple get together ofa few of us local DGers, mainly who came to our house for the Roundup. We are going to meet at Pixydish's in January to share some seeds. None of them were in the Piggy Swap, so I am going to share my bounty with them.