sowing in summer?

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

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?

Ex:
Shasta daisys
coneflowers

I don't care about blooms this year.

Manhattan Beach, CA(Zone 10b)

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)

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.

Calgary, Canada

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)

Thank you. I was curious if anyone had done it and any tips to help with succuess.

Saskatoon, SK(Zone 2a)

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)

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

Natick, MA

Happygarden,

What did you plant? Are they coming up yet? I was curious about this also. I ordered some seeds for winter sowing (a new project for me) and then I wondered about how certain plants seed themselves and wondered if I could plant some NOW as an experiment. I also would love to hear anyone's input about sowing now directly in the garden. I dont care, either, if I dont get blooms this year (wouldn't expect it) but then I'm that much further ahead for next year, no??

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

I did start Shasta daises but honestly I am afraid to plant them afraid I won't remember to water them, so I think I will wait until things cool down before putting them in the ground. I am on a well so I don't water the gardens. You gotta be tough to make it here as a plant.

Pueblo, CO(Zone 5b)

Remember when Mother Nature sows her seeds - summer or fall - NOT spring. Some plants prefer it that way.

Calgary, Canada

I am sowing seeds of greens now for my September salads.
I did not get all the biennials sown, so will do more of those.
And still have delphinium seeds, so sowing those too.

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