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Easy Cut-Flower Gardening from Seed
October 1, 2018 at 8:51 am
Following your Cool Flowers book. Planted 10 varieties. Hope to have beautiful flowers early spring. Any advice about forcing bulbs?
October 3, 2018 at 3:20 pm
Hi Pat, I don’t do any forcing these days,but a search on the web will surely bring up so good choices.
September 30, 2018 at 8:45 am
Hi Lisa. I’m a bit confused about cool flowers. Can I plant flowers in zone 6 in the fall or should I just sow them? Thanks
September 30, 2018 at 4:20 pm
Wendy, hardy annuals that are winter hardy in your winter hardiness zone can be planted in fall. Page 138 in Cool Flowers has a quick reference of winter hardiness.
When fall direct seeding the point is for the seed to sprout into a small plant before winter.
Follow the suggested planting choice in Cool Flowers for direct seeding or transplanting.
Hope this helps-
September 28, 2018 at 11:03 pm
I’m planting out 400 snapdragon babies tomorrow! Cool flowers rock!
September 30, 2018 at 7:46 am
September 28, 2018 at 7:22 pm
Very interesting tour of your nursery Lisa. Thanks!
September 28, 2018 at 2:35 pm
Lisa, do you store all your seeds in the freezer?
September 30, 2018 at 7:47 am
No just Cool Flower seeds in freezer- the rest are in the frig.
September 28, 2018 at 2:23 pm
Hi Lisa — very motivating video with all the babies. Good to see and yes, I have similar results with stretching, but all in all, feeling good about my results so far.
Question on degrees, do you set it at a specific temp? My snaps haven’t germinated, and I planted the Chantilly and also rocket mix. Maybe because I ran out of “heat mat” space and put the trays on my gas fireplace vent. Maybe too warm?
I have the temps at 75 degrees on my other mats, and other seeds (sweet william, Black Knight, rudbekia, scabiosa) are all doing great. I read somewhere that Sweet Peas should be 70 degrees on the heat map – and they started to crack after 5 days!. Any advise on standard tems and why my snaps haven’t germinated? Maybe too warm on gas stove? geesh.
Loved the cookie sheet explanation — I read that tip in your book and for some reason, I didn’t understand it. I thought it meant to put racks to create a barrier between mat and seeds. Which I didn’t do. Duh!
September 30, 2018 at 7:49 am
Wood stove definitely to hot- replant when you have room on the heat mat at 70-75 degrees.
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