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Old 03-08-2015, 07:15 PM
 
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I just bought seeds at the dollar store 4-$1 , one didn't have Any seeds in it tho. lol
Zinnias and california poppy. I think they'll be fine.
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Old 03-10-2015, 12:36 AM
 
Location: Staten Island, New York
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BAH.... i could stuff an envelope of marigold seeds for you for a buck 49. [or buck 27 or whatever going postage is now]

I had sandwich sizes bags full of them.

I had so many seeds this year!! gave most of them away.

I'm one of those that walks around in the Fall with baggies in my pockets snagging seed heads... and in my yard, can't let any go to waste.
I did that for the first time last fall. I hope they grow!
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Old 03-10-2015, 08:30 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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Ditto, no trouble with cheap flower seeds. I would pay more for vegetable seeds that have resistance to various diseases.
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Old 03-10-2015, 09:36 AM
 
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One thing I've noticed is that the cheap seed packets often have less info or even wrong information. The more expensive packs usually have a USDA zone map showing when to plant in which region, and more detailed instructions. On cheap packets I've seen some weird things suggested like planting tomatoes 2 inches apart instead of 2 feet. Sometimes they don't mention how deep to sow the seed, or things like soaking or scoring seeds that benefit from that. Or whether it's heirloom or hybrid.

None of that's really a big deal, but I do find myself on google more often when I buy unfamiliar seeds in cheap packets.
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Old 03-11-2015, 03:43 PM
 
Location: West 'Burbs of Chicago
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I did that for the first time last fall. I hope they grow!
Generally - marigolds easily germinate.

I moved to FLA in Oct and brought my one and only still blooming marigold with me, in Feb, there were dried seed heads, I just sprinkled them [1 in a pot and 1 directly in the ground] and now I probably have 70 babies. the first ones sprouted in days..

how are you doing yours? Direct, under lights or winter sown?

But -- I'll echo what others have said... cheap seeds sprout as easily as the same seed that costs more.
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Old 03-12-2015, 07:20 AM
 
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Since we're talking about marigolds, I did the same thing last year for the first time. I have 3 quart-sized zip lock baggies full of seeds and flower heads (I didn't always separate the seeds out). Can you really just sprinkle on the ground and still get decent germination? No need to place individually? What about raking them in or sprinkling soil over top or anything like that?

I have matted down leaves in some areas, so I'll at least have to get those out of the way right?
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Old 03-12-2015, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Staten Island, New York
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I separated most of the chaff and have them in homemade paper envelopes. I forgot to stratify them, so I'm wondering if they'll still grow. I may just throw them in the freezer for a week.

I'll start some indoors. After the first week of April I should be able to sow directly outside.
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Old 03-15-2015, 09:47 AM
 
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Walmart sells Burpee marigold seed packets for 20 cents. Lowes sells Burpee marigold seed packets for $1.49. The packets look different, although I can't see any indication that one is a superior plant breed or something like that.

What do you guys think? Is a 20 cent packet just as good as a $1.49 packet? I have a huge area to fill, so the cost of buying seeds could really add up for me. I'd love to use the 20 cent ones if they're any good.

yes they are just as good
you can also save your OWN sees from your flowers that produce them like Zinnias, sunflowers, black eyed susans and countless others as well as veggies!!
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