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The Agony of Planting 1000s of Babies

(Clint) Medina, TN(Zone 7b)

OMG. I overdid it again and planted the entire packets of seeds. LOL. I bet I planted over a 100 foxgloves yesterday. The weather called for rain last night and today so I tried to plant them before it rained. Perfect timing, but I am exhausted. I still have hundreds of Agastache to plant now. Each year I say I won't plant too many, but I always do. I figure it's better to have too many than not enough. My foxgloves should look amazing next year! I'm just walking around the yard and if I see a good spot, I plant a Foxglove. LOL.

I also planted an entire packet of red hot pokers, not to mention the red false yucca. Luckily my niece accidentally threw half of my seeds down the drain so I only have 6 of those, however.

The first step is admitting you have a problem. I now acknowledge that today.

Melbourne, FL

I wonder if there is a program to help you? :)

New Braunfels, TX(Zone 8b)

That's what I was thinking, although I'd have to be a member, too.

"Hello, my name is Tonya and I'm a seedplantingaholic"...

(Clint) Medina, TN(Zone 7b)

At least we admit we have a problem! I bet my Foxgloves will look good next year though.

Conneaut, OH(Zone 5a)

DG is our group therapy.You are not alone.We all share your pain and your joy of gardening.Thats why we are here.Its not easy to find unconditional love and support.LOL,Edge

Chalfont, PA(Zone 6b)

I'm with you. I had so many jugs that looked like chiapets! May plan is to sow many varieties, but fewer seeds per variety next year.

Lula, GA(Zone 7b)

I fortunately have an 'outlet' for my extras: my MG group has a spring plant sale. Then I have the MGs themselves for the remaining leftovers. I am so tired of labeling though. I'm thinking of just doing a flyer like for babysitting services at the community bulletin board? You know with tear off pieces for the phone #, in this case, the plant name. :)

I like your idea for the foxgloves, I have 6 more....must hunt for bare spots.

pgt- chia pets. I love it. If your containers were as rough as my recycled cat litter jugs, they were some odd pets.

Chalfont, PA(Zone 6b)

Yes, some of my chia pets were quite strange looking. This was my first time, and I didn't expect such great germination! But, next year I'm going to assume to get 100% germination when I sow (and sow a lot fewer seeds per jug). I also made the mistake of planting them out too close together when they were big enough to transplant. But they ALL survived transplanting, so now I have to thin them out AGAIN. I think that what I learned is that winter sowing is that it works extremely well, and to assume success instead of failure (or even partial failure). I must have about 100 larkspur planted out in my various beds, and then I still ended up with a whole bunch donated to the compost pile.

Cincinnati, OH(Zone 6a)

Ugh! If I don't get these things planted! I have one chia pet of alyssum that's a solid mass of flowers, blooming in the milk jug.


Kinderhook, NY(Zone 5b)

I just planted a chia pet of snapdragons yesterday. I got about 30 clumps out of one milk jug, but each clump had 5-10 stems. Do I thin down to one stem now ... at all? Wait a week? I've never done wintersowing or snapdragons before.

Same goes for Shirley Poppies ... I have 2 jugs of those to tackle.

Yes! Way too many plants! But lots of Delphiniums, so I am happy. Hopefully they'll flourish.

Lula, GA(Zone 7b)

sandstreet - I too await an answer on this from someone more experienced.....what to do?

(Clint) Medina, TN(Zone 7b)

Here's what I do...

I wait until we have a weather forecast which calls for rain. The past week we have had no sun! I separate all of my babies and plant them all. I want them all to have a fighting chance. Some times if I can't get them apart I shake them until they come apart. It's easy to do because the soil is so loose. This works for me. Others simply cut the chia pet into squares and just plant that and let nature take its course, but I'm the type that has to save every single baby. LOL :)

Cincinnati, OH(Zone 6a)

I cut them into squares and plant out hunks. I don't thin, or, heaven forbid, separate. I let them duke it out themselves. Maybe some don't make it but it's hard to tell. They just grow into bigger hunks.

Sometimes hunks are just an inch or two square. Sometimes they're entire gallon milk jugs. :-)


Leesburg, FL(Zone 9b)

we are expecting rain tomorrow... so i've been a planting fool the past 2 days....

between planting and weeding, I'm spending about 8hrs a day out there.

gittin bite by ants and mosquitoes though... but i'm making a good dent in my containers.

about 2 weeks ago, a gal on FreeCycyle asked for Butterfly plants... I was like.. Boy have i got something for you....

she came over today and i gave her 3 packs of seeds and 3 containers of Milkweeds [Pink MW (perennial) and scarlet and Silky Gold] She is in a Townhome and did not have more room, or i was ready to dig up some mature plants for her.

she home schools her kids and the "Butterfly Raising" thing is approaching.... she should have a good start with all those plants i gave her.... probably about 20 MW's.

Well -- i only came in to call DH, which i haven't done yet.... but back out to do some more planting.

Kinderhook, NY(Zone 5b)

Planting going great! I went overboard on wintersowing delphiniums and have about 40 babies and 75% looking like they will make it! The babies I planted early are not doing as well as the ones that got big in the container. Next year's strategy: Plant just a few seeds per container so I can plant the entire container (when I have multiples, I can't resists separating). And plant the container when they are bigger -- when they are just starting to fill the milk jug. THOSE plants are taking the best.

I'm ready to throw away the celosia and the NY aster -- don't have a spot for them. They are just languishing in the milk jug. I did throw out a poppy container, and gave away a crazy daisy and a flowering cabbage. TOO MANY PLANTS.

But YES, it's been great planting weather.

(Clint) Medina, TN(Zone 7b)

I'm a plantaholic so I overplanted! I planted an entire packet of Echinacea "Hula Dancer." I planted them all over the place. I even sneaked some into my mom's flower beds. She won't believe it next year when they bloom. LOL.

Palm Coast, FL(Zone 9a)

Welcome to Cue's 5 step program for plantaholics. You've already takent he first step in acknowledging you have a problem... but there is good news. You CAN overcome it with my 5 step program.

step 1 - admit you have a problem.

step 2 - gather up all your seeds... go on... even the ones you hid in your expensive shoes that you never wear in the back of the closet!

step 3 - place them all in a small box.

step 4 - mail directly to Cue-chik, Palm Coast Fl.

Step 5- pat yourself on the back for being strong enough to rid yourself of such a heavy burden.

and there ya have it.. cue-chik's 5 step program for plantaholics! now get out there and gather those seeds!

Brooksville, FL(Zone 9a)

cute, cue_chik..... but this seedaholic isn't givem up .....LOL


Silver Spring, MD(Zone 6b)

What do you do with all that many plants? Sell them?

Frederick, MD(Zone 6b)

Sell my babies??!?


I plant them out or pot them up, mostly in clumps (you'll see references in this forum to planting HOS -- that's "Hunks 'O Seedlings"). A lot of them find their way into my garden, many migrate to other people's gardens... I do a lot of perennials, so I'd have to pot them up and overwinter them before they're big enough to sell.

Leesburg, FL(Zone 9b)

pippi -- if you go back to that other thread, where Karen posted that image of her marigolds.... if you'd just break that into say,quarters, or thirds and plant them like that..... that is HOS, as Jill just described. It would be nearly impossible to plant each seedling as a plant in situations like that.

and if i have extras... they usually go to my neighbor or friends. Though as we are filling up our gardens - I know myself and Karen are more selective in what seeds we get and sow, as we are running out of room to put plants. ... so you try to do less each year, but that always does not happen.

Welcome to wINTER sOWING.... opssss. dang cap lock.


Greensboro, NC(Zone 7a)

I think WS is for me! I am too wimpy to thin seedling so if I make it impossible to do so by planting thickly sown WS containers, I won't have to make the horrible decision to thin them! Perfect:lol:

I still think I'll have to plant a bit sparingly--I'm in an apt with a small front bed and a patio full of containers---but I do have new neighbors to share with--they garden:)

Silver Spring, MD(Zone 6b)

Printed out Hunk-o-seedlings article and saying it in my garden journal or wintersowing folder. Somewhere I saw an article or posting where people use pages from seed catalogs to use for seeds exchange. I got some FREE seeds sent to me today by a Barbara-Va and that's what she did. Neat idea! She even had small labels on each envelope, important information one needs to know. I was impressed and so appreciative. I know Wintersown has templates of seed envelopes one can make. I guess one could use any catalog, not just ones that come from flower/seed ones. This lady even used some Splenda packets..clever!
I'm really getting an education into this wintersowing project. Thanks to all of you who have been so kind and generous with your information and tips and Free seeds.

Fremont, OH(Zone 5b)

where can I find the HOS article?

Leesburg, FL(Zone 9b)

try this.... written by Critter...

Fremont, OH(Zone 5b)

I found it!

Greensboro, NC(Zone 7a)

There are seed packet templates here too. I think under the extras tab at the top header. I've made several of the blank ones but the catalog repurposing idea is a good one and saves me printer paper:lol:

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