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Direct seeding of containers?

Calgary, Canada

Sometimes, I like to just seed the containers.
I cover the seeded pots with a large plastic bag.
One, I am planning for this year will be Utrecht Blue wheat as the tall;
white agrostemma and white Shirley poppy as the intermediates; and blue california bluebells as the trailer. If any of the direct seeders do not sprout well, I will fill in with
white, blue or orange petunias.

These would also be for full sun positions.
Caroline

This message was edited Dec 9, 2011 6:30 AM

Edmonton, AB(Zone 3a)

Caroline, good idea.
Is the plastic bag to give them a mini green house? Did you use large containers?

This year I have done a similar thing with a pot of bulbs that I started in the fall and let freeze and then moved into a neighbor's ( very kind one) garage. It is an experiment to see if the bulbs will give a good showing when I move them back out to the sunny South side of my house in March. I had a lot of folks tell me it won't work. I'm thinking that once they are frozen it will keep them consistently cold. I also used a container that was 36" across and planted only in the middle to give a buffer zone to the edge of the pot.
Will you let me know how well yours get going in the spring please?
Alberta Ann

Calgary, Canada

My pots are about 20 inch diameter.
I cut the corners off the plastic bags so they are vented.
I am not sure about doing bulbs that way--------do they freeze when they are in the ground? Some of the smaller bulbs must as they tell us to plant them shallow.
I'll be curious to hear how the bulbs fare.
I had thought that they were to be chilled-----ie. frig temperatures,but not freezing?
But in a severe winter the bulbs in the ground must freeze?
Good snow cover would keep them from freezing.
Your bulbs are somewhat insulated by being in the center so maybe that will keep them at the right temperature.
We shall compare notes in the spring.

Edmonton, AB(Zone 3a)

Sounds Good Caroline
I figure at 6-9 inches down they freeze at -30 anyway so it couldn't hurt in a container if they get a bit of help.
Will keep you posted.
Alberta Ann

Calgary, Canada

I still have bulbs in the bottom of the frig---I might pot some and see what happens.

Pittsford, NY(Zone 6a)

C L thats a great idea about seeding.
Bulbs in containers do OK here I think the problems for bulbs is if they are in pots with poor drainage.

Edmonton, AB(Zone 3a)

Caroline, I think they need 6 weeks to establish them selves before they freeze. So if you do pot them up do it in a cool environment so they can set their roots then put them out to freeze. It would be worth a try. Oh and I heard not to store with Apples as the ethylene promotes rot.
Alberta Ann

Pittsford, NY(Zone 6a)

Great tip Alberta ann

Calgary, Canada

Thanks for the tips.
I'll try to get them potted right after holidays.

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