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When to sow Gaura - The Bride

Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,496
I got some seed of the above from Simpson's seeds.
I usually sow perennials/biennials around June time, but there's no indication on the packet as to when to sow the Gaura seeds.
If I wait until June will the plants be big enough to plant out in autumn, or should I get them going now?
Thanks
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  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,863
    edited March 2019
    The last ones I had I sowed on the 1st August. I planted them out the following spring. 
    I never plant any perennials out until the following spring, just pot on until they are bigger. 
    I don’t know the correct time by the book, I sow when it suits me,  and sowing perenials in August September is the right time for me. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,630
    It's the first time this year and I actually done them last week and they have already germinated. I'm a bit worried now I have read Lyn's post! I was expecting to plant them out in late April and also expecting them to flower this year. 
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,863
    That’s ok, as I said it suits me to sow certain seeds later. They’ll be fine, keep potting on until they are bigger, they stand a better chance of survival, they don’t always overwinter, depends where you live.  I’m not sure they will flower this year, but then as I said, I don’t sow early, I don’t really know. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 11,199
    I have had them flower first year from seed, so if you sow now, they might flower this year.
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  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,863
    This seller says sow Spring to Autumn, I really don’t think they’re fussy. 

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,496
    Thanks all - ok I'm off to the greenhouse to sow Gaura and Agastache :)
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  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,630
    That's good to hear. I only had the seeds this year, otherwise I probably would try autumn last year. The seed packet suggested January to March for sowing indoors and May to June for sowing directly outdoors.
  • purplerallimpurplerallim LincolnshirePosts: 4,231
    You confused me. The 'Bride '  I know is the pearl bush. Are they different?
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,496
    Exochorda is not Gaura - completely different plants.
    Gaura is a perennial plant Exochorda is a shrub
    Both lovely but I don't grow Exochorda as the flowers only seem to last a week or two
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    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • purplerallimpurplerallim LincolnshirePosts: 4,231
    Ok thanks @Pete.8. I do wish these growers wouldn't use the same names for totally different plants. 🙄 My flowers last for about a month. I like the height it gives in spring and the backdrop green for bedding plants in summer.
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