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Definition of days to maturity

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Definition as written by Linnea:

The time it takes for a plant to grow from seed to harvest. This is especially important to Northern gardeners with limited growing seasons.

Definition as written by Terry:

Also important to southern gardeners when growing cool-season crops since the early onset of summer's high temperatures will cause the plants to bolt

Definition as written by dave:

It is not clearly defined anywhere that I've seen what constitutes the beginning moment when you start to count the days to maturity. The following has become my rule of thumb:

1) When seeds are directly sown in the garden, count the day the seeds GERMINATE until the first harvest to determine the days to maturity

2) When seeds are started indoors and then transplanted, begin counting the day you TRANSPLANT them into the garden.

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