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I've started marigolds (several varieties), tomatoes, african daisies, crocosmia, globe amaranth, echinacea, dutchman's pipe, bells of ireland, and a couple of other things. I've got sprouts on about half. Just waiting for a little bit warmer night temps so I can get them out into the cold frame. This is my first time for doing this, so I hope I end up with at least a few things! My biggest worry is damping off.
The things that are doing good for me so far are, Zinnias, sweet peas, Hyacinth bean vine, and everything else is being really slow or got burnt when my husband put them out on a cold day the other day :(
As Anita mentioned above, there is no "damping off" with wintersowing. If you sow your seeds indoors and grow them under lights or in a sunny window, they can get "damping off", which is a fungal disease. Grow your seeds outdoors and you won't have that problem. However, do be mindful not to put them directly in the hot sun as it will dry out your seeds and soil. A location that gets morning sun is preferable.
Scott, I started in January. I tried impatiens and although a few germinated, I wouldn't do them again. It's easier for me to just go buy the 2 flats that I normally plant of them. Seeds that I loved the results from include lavatera, phacelia, morning glory and california poppy. I sowed others as well, but these just stood out for me. For some reason Shirley, my marigolds didn't do anything. I'll try them again next year.
Your marigolds didn't do anything??!! I plant marigolds here every year and they thrive under my neglect!! LOL I plant them and water them really good til they are really established then I quit watering them and you would never know the difference. If I keep watering them regularly they still do just fine. I can't kill them!!
Anita: I think that Marigolds "thrive on neglect". I think they prefer lean soil with few amendments, just like Nasturiums which I planted & promptly forgot about them. They are now covered in blooms. I think Pepper23 is right. Just water and they'll be happy. I didn't wintersow Marigolds. I think I ran of out time with sowing to many perennials.
I had wonderful success with California Poppies - I got them at Thompson and Morgan as well as Value seed. They are not the same as regular poppies as they bloom all summer long and are an annual. I will find out if they re-seed on their own.
Anita, oh my yes, CA poppies definitley re-seed. Lots! At least here on the west coast. But they are easy to ID and easy to pull up when they encroach where they're not wanted. Cheerful things aren't they? I love all the poppies.
I love them! I like them better than the Oriental Poppies. As much as the Oriental Poppies have beautiful flowers, they only last for a short period of time. I've already ordered more varieties of the California Poppy.