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Do the hardy ones first, and any that need stratification.
Is there such a thing as half hardy perennials? I suppose it depends on which zone.
Something which is hardy in zone 6 could be only partly hardy in zone 3.
Do the half hardy annuals later, and the tropicals last.
Would I separate the perennials from the annuals first? Then check to see which is hardy, half hardy or tender and proceed from there?
I would assume that perennials require longer germination than annuals..am I right on that so far?
Some of these seed pkts. only say Perennial or Annual and have you noticed how fine the print becomes the older you become? You think that is a sign I'm aging? LOL!
Quoting:Would I separate the perennials from the annuals first? Then check to see which is hardy, half hardy or tender and proceed from there?
Pippi, I would do just that. MOST but not all perennials require longer germination (do you mean whether you WS them earlier?) Half-hardy or tender perennials should definitely be WS later. Same with tender annuals.
What I do, when I can't read the fine print (it happens!) on the seed packet, or there is no available description on seeds I might have collected myself, is check Plant Files on Daves Garden. Just look up the plant, and you will see a classification as well as a detailed list of hardiness.
The other thing I want to reiterate is that WS is a forgiving mode of seed starting. There's not a hard-and-fast rule about exactly what date you have to start which seed. As long as you follow CL Scott's general guidelines, the seeds will just wait for the warming temperature that suit their germination.