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Old 01-10-2014, 05:13 AM
 
Location: Bangor Maine
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Here we are at almost the middle of January and I am thinking of starting some flower annuals to set out when spring arrives. The ones that come to mind are morning glory, cosmo, maybe nurstirsum (sp). I have beem buying small plants of morning glory and moon flower for the past several years to put right next to my back door, where they climb up a string and greet me as I come and go. These are usually $3 or more each at the nursery so I hope I have some success in starting my own from last seasons seeds. Do any of you do this?
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Old 01-10-2014, 05:30 AM
 
Location: Dallas
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Yes, I routinely start my morning glories and moonflowers indoors. Since they bloom all season, it gives me more time to enjoy them, instead of waiting for the seeds to germinate outdoors. Not to mention is much cheaper to start from seeds than buy plants.
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Old 01-10-2014, 05:52 AM
 
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Do any of you do this?

Many years ago, I did the routine, but the seedlings were weak and straggly. Then a couple of years ago, I was going to try again, but ended up giving away my tiny peat pots, grow kits, and seeds. I invested about $20 in all of it, then never got around to it. I buy the plants now.
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Old 01-10-2014, 06:18 AM
 
Location: Dallas
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Many years ago, I did the routine, but the seedlings were weak and straggly. Then a couple of years ago, I was going to try again, but ended up giving away my tiny peat pots, grow kits, and seeds. I invested about $20 in all of it, then never got around to it. I buy the plants now.

Usually the result of insufficient light. Seedlings need a LOT.
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Old 01-10-2014, 08:56 AM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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the warming mats are an excellent way to jump start and achieve propogation, once they sprout they can be moved under your lights and a new tray started above the mat, I like the ones with the wire tray that sits an inch or two above the actual mat.
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Old 01-10-2014, 04:30 PM
 
Location: Land of Free Johnson-Weld-2016
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Usually the result of insufficient light. Seedlings need a LOT.
I am just realizing that. I think I may have sworn not to try again but I still have peat pots and dirt. Because of the chickens, I have an extra heat lamp. The wattage was too low for red bulbs, but it may be just the thing for seedlings.

I am going to try to keep the light on 24 hours. I am too lazy to remember to turn it off and on. I read that even a sunny window won't cut it, and I learned that the hard way last year.

Good luck, OP.
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Old 01-10-2014, 04:54 PM
 
Location: South Carolina
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I have my tomatoes already coming up under the lights and they are in super big pots ....and also have basil coming up ...all kinds . Love those lights .
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Old 01-10-2014, 05:08 PM
 
Location: near bears but at least no snakes
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Spring is a long way off, unfortunately. I do start nasturtiums and morning glories in pots in March. If I started them now there would still be snow on the ground when they needed to be transplanted. I don't have room inside the house to put lights but that would be nice for herbs.
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Old 01-10-2014, 11:32 PM
 
Location: Staten Island, New York
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Too early for NYC
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Old 01-11-2014, 03:45 AM
 
Location: Europe
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Only thing I started on a windowsill is chilli peppers in a small pot.
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