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Kansas City (Joyce), MO
(Zone 5a)

June 10, 2014
8:26 AM

Post #9864339

My head is spinning from all the information.

Hopefully someone can help me. I did not start sowing before last frost cause I am so busy, but can I start sowing seeds for perennials now?

Shasta daisys

I don't care about blooms this year.
Manhattan Beach, CA
(Zone 10b)

June 10, 2014
11:16 AM

Post #9864498

This is a great question. I have a similar situation with my schedule however we rarely have frost where I live.
Kansas City (Joyce), MO
(Zone 5a)

June 10, 2014
7:54 PM

Post #9864909

Well I think I am going to go for it and see what happens. Seeds are reasonably cheap. I have purchased perennials late like August and planted them and they did fine. Hopefully with the warm weather the seeds should pop and grow quickly. Our first frost doesn't happen until usually late October. I will just have to make sure they get watered all summer. I searched on the internet read a couple of articles that says you can plant the seeds in the garden soil in the fall and you will have blooms the second year. Think I will plant in pots now and overwinter the pots in raised beds.

June 11, 2014
3:22 AM

Post #9865032

Of course you can start seeds over the summer.
Fall might be better in very hot climates.
I sow Biennials in June and July.
In cold climates, a good mulch will help the seedlings to winter over.
We can not always do gardening when it is supposedly, supposed to be done,
and must work around our own lives as best we can.
Experimenting is part of gardening too.
Kansas City (Joyce), MO
(Zone 5a)

June 11, 2014
6:36 AM

Post #9865136

Thank you. I was curious if anyone had done it and any tips to help with succuess.
Saskatoon, SK
(Zone 2a)

June 12, 2014
11:00 AM

Post #9866262

Sure, sow in summer! I have sown as late as the first week in July with great success. You likely won't get blooms this year though. I find there is just too much to do in the early spring and I find it much more enjoyable sowing perennials now. I start them in small flats in my greenhouse and transplant them out into the garden when they are big enough to handle (maybe a couple of inches tall) and there is rain in the forecast.
Kansas City (Joyce), MO
(Zone 5a)

June 12, 2014
11:34 AM

Post #9866290

Perfect I didn't expect blooms this year, but sounds like next year would be wonderful. Thank you so much!

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