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Gracie5Gracie5 Posts: 125

This is probably a stupid question! I sowed some hardy annuals two weeks ago and the wildflower Small Scabious has germinated.  What happens to hardy annuals during winter, do they die down to come back up again in the Spring or will I lose them? How do I look after Hardy Annuals during Winter?  Just to say I've been gardening for years but am fairly new to growing from seed!



  • Hardy annuals don't do much over the winter - they get their roots down and put on some growth now and so have a head start on the same seeds being planted in the spring - so hopefully bigger plants which flower earlier...

  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802

    They do not die down-hardy annuals will survive the winter in situ then when the warmer weather arrives off they go again to give your earlier flowers than if you sowed in the Spring

  • Great question Gracie5. I have gardened for years but have just started to use seeds as I am in a new house and want to bulk out. There's no such thing as a stupid question. My son asked me the same question yesterday and now I can answer him and look all knowing. Thanks.

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  • Gracie5Gracie5 Posts: 125

    Your replies have given me more confidence. I have sown a small meadow with hardy annuals and perennials but kept half of the seeds to sow next Spring in case I lose some in a harsh Winter.  I have some hardy annuals germinated in a small pot which I will pot on when they are big enough.  Thanks for the very helpful replies. image 

  • I was always told the only stupid question is the one you didnt ask !

  • Alina WAlina W Posts: 1,445

    One thing, Gracie - many hardy annuals don't like being moved, but should be sown in situ. Poppies are a good example.

  • can anny hardy annuals seeds be sowing in autumn

  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802
    gerry andrews wrote (see)

    can anny hardy annuals seeds be sowing in autumn

    Yes-that is what the discussion is about.

  • thanks for ur reply  sotongeoff

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