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When is too late for Wintersowing ?

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When is too late for Wintersowing ?

Post  dk54321 on 2/9/2016, 1:51 pm

I had planned to try wintersowing this year, but haven't got around to it yet. Does its success depend on exposure to some minimum amount of winter weather? In Feb and March, thaws become more frequent and longer, hard freezes become less frequent and shorter in April, and our last frost is some time in May. 

Have you tried wintersowing in late winter or early spring? What were the results?

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 2/9/2016, 6:18 pm

Hi, dk54321, are you talking about direct sowing seeds outside right now? What plants? I think it is too cold for that!

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Post  sanderson on 2/9/2016, 8:16 pm

Hope this chart helps.
http://tomclothier.hort.net/page11.html

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Post  has55 on 2/10/2016, 2:29 am

@sanderson wrote:Hope this chart helps.
http://tomclothier.hort.net/page11.html

thank you. informative.

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Post  dk54321 on 2/10/2016, 10:58 am

Here'e what I'm talking about: http://www.wintersown.org/How_to_Winter_Sow.html

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Post  CapeCoddess on 2/10/2016, 11:56 am

I don't think it's too late. I've seen this done online with milk bottles. Seems like you could do it anytime during winter. They won't sprout til it's their time.
Why not give it a try, then you'll know forever more. Let us know what happens.

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Post  trolleydriver on 2/10/2016, 12:09 pm

Great article on winter sowing. Now I have yet another thing to experiment with.

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Post  sanderson on 2/10/2016, 6:11 pm

@trolleydriver wrote:Great article on winter sowing. Now I have yet another thing to experiment with.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 2/10/2016, 7:10 pm

@dk54321 wrote:Here'e what I'm talking about: http://www.wintersown.org/How_to_Winter_Sow.html

Very interesting, dk! I say go for it! All you have to lose is a few seeds and containers, etc. And the payoff could be amazing! I would love to hear about your journey if you give it a try!

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Re: When is too late for Wintersowing ?

Post  milt48 on 2/13/2016, 8:14 am

I have used  the winter sowing  method for a number of years, and it is not to late to start.

I have only used it for bell peppers, tomatoes, marigolds, and zinnias. I generally put them out in late Feb, early Mar. , which is about the time I do my indoor starts.

The flowers and peppers I use empty milk jugs like shown on the website posted, but with the toms I take a slightly different tack.

Since I have been using Earthboxes for my tomatoes I merely cut the bottom off the milk jug or two liter pop bottle, plant the seeds directly in the earthbox and place the container over the seeds. I also sink the milk container a couple of inches in the soil as well.

At some point I select the plant I want transplant extras into 3" peat pots and give them to my neighbors.

This season I will not do peppers as I plan on trying a grafted variety.

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