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Seeds - Autumn or Spring sowing?

alfharris8alfharris8 Posts: 311
Would like opinions on what time of year people feel is best for sowing hardy annual and perennial seeds please?
Autumn or Spring?
Thanks 

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  • AstroAstro Posts: 364
    Personally I prefer starting perennials early or late summer and hardy annuals at the start of autumn.
  • alfharris8alfharris8 Posts: 311
    @Astro ,- Thank you. 
  • JennyJJennyJ DoncasterPosts: 6,627
    I've had most success with September sowing for perennials.
  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 11,922
    There are so many variables to take into account: where in the country you are, where you have to keep the seedlings, what specific plants you are growing, etc.
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  • alfharris8alfharris8 Posts: 311
    I have some large propagators which have the option of adding a layer for height so could protect. 
    Also in South West so usually mild.
  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 11,922
    Many plants will not thrive if they are kept indoors for months.
    He calls her the chocolate girl
    Cause he thinks she melts when he touches her
    She knows she's the chocolate girl
    Cause she's broken up and swallowed
    And wrapped in bits of silver
  • JennyJJennyJ DoncasterPosts: 6,627
    I should clarify, when I've sown hardy perennials in September they've been outside from day 1, in a sheltered spot against the house or shed on the shelves from an old blowaway (the cover is long-since gone). Pricked out into small pots or modules as soon as they're big enough, then on to bigger pots in the spring when they're filling the small pot/module. Some die back in the winter then regrow in spring the same as grown-up perennials (don't panic!).
  • PosyPosy Isle of Wight.Posts: 3,422
    I don't have much luck with direct sowing in Autumn. A few things come up like weeds, such as nigella, but most disappear into the mud and the slugs. I sow HA's in trays in Spring and have much more success.
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