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Old 07-24-2009, 12:05 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Never had much experience with seeds sown directly in the ground but yesterday dollar general store had these 70% off. Is it too late or should I wait for next spring? What I really want is the plants to flower and give me seeds for next year. says"Packaged for 2009 sell by 11-09"

Many thanks I'm in 7b

mixed colors Aster
Shasta Alaska Daisy
Mammoth Sunflower
Zinnia, lilliput

I just can't resist a bargain.
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Old 07-24-2009, 01:37 PM
 
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Good question! I too have some Thai pepper seeds, I plan to seed them in planters and was wonder if it's too late to do so this year? I am in Zone 7a.
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Old 07-24-2009, 04:38 PM
 
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Wow. I, too, just got "4 for $1" packages of some veggies and some flowers - asters, too, forget-me-nots, field poppies. I think I will plant them this year (zone 6a). I think I did it last year with cornflowers and they got to the seed stage... But, depends on how warm September and October are going to be.
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Old 07-25-2009, 05:17 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Talk to me folks. Surely somebody can answer this question. Obviously I'm not alone in this quest for info. PLEASE???!!!!
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Old 07-25-2009, 08:18 AM
 
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Wait on the sunflower at least. We planted a little late and ours hasn't even headed yet. I'd suspect daisies would grow quickly. Dunno about the others.
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Old 07-25-2009, 07:32 PM
 
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Talk to me folks. Surely somebody can answer this question. Obviously I'm not alone in this quest for info. PLEASE???!!!!
Sometimes there's no better way than just trying. They were cheap, right?!

People will ask this question next year, and you will know the answer!
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Old 07-25-2009, 07:39 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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I planted them all today and I'll be on the lookout for their happy little faces in a few days. I'll let you know what happens.
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Old 07-26-2009, 08:13 AM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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When I plant seeds of perennials -like the aster or daisy- in the summer, it's for flowers the following year, though I'm in zone 6b/7a. The zinnia may flower this year, but I think that it's too late for the sunflower. Yes, let us know what happens.
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Old 07-26-2009, 08:38 AM
 
Location: St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
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The "sell by" date on pretty much anything is way on the cautious side so if you're worried about the seeds not being good for planting next year, don't be. If the seeds are in a separate foil-type pack inside the outer pack they're secure enough - if they're loose inside just one pack, put the packs in an airtight plastic bag and leave in a cool place until next year.

Anyway, you've already planted them so it's a moot point - but might benefit someone else having the same dilemma!
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Old 07-26-2009, 10:02 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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but i can always go back and buy every pack they have!!!I love a bargain. When you say cool place do you mean fridge?
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