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I've looked up what Hardy Annuals are, and I have some poppy and Love in a Mist seeds.

If I sow them now do I need a green house to keep them in over winter?

I do have a studio/shed that has windows, but no top light.  If the seeds are on the bench they won't freeze, but unless I'm working (I'm taking a break at the moment) then it won't be heated, and then that's while I'm in there.

Will the studio be suitable?

And how do I care for the seedlings over the winter?

Thank you.


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 26,984

    our poppies (ie Papaver rhoeas, Field Poppy) are best sown now, outside, where you want it to grow and not transplanted.

    Californian poppies (Escscholzias) won't survive any but the mildest winters here. None of them like being transplanted. It can be done but it sets them back.

    Love in a mist self sows here and over winters well. Bigger plants than those that germinate in spring.

    Hardy annuals aren't plants for indoors and GHs

    Last edited: 19 August 2016 23:24:58

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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,527

    If you have a clear piece of ground, and you won't be mulching in winter, scatter the seed now. I grew Ammi majus this year from seed in Spring, but it is very late. I will be sowing next years soon so that I get bigger and better plants next year.

  • I've no where to sow them outside. We've got weeding, soil improving, and now we've taken out the big tree we have no idea what moisture our clay will hold, we can get standing water in some areas. 

    I'm not planting anything until I know it won't be drowned come next winter.

    Would they be okay in pots, just to give a few seeds a head start?

    I've already been told to put my bulbs in pots due to the clay.  We are hoping to improve the soil where we can a bit at a time. 

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 82,740
    He was talking about sowing herbaceous perennials now to give them a head start next spring - and yes, he was sowing them in pots.  
    If they're hardy perennials they'll be fine outside in a sheltered corner - or maybe in a cold frame or under a cloche  - just watch for slugs - use copper tape around the pots. 


    Last edited: 20 August 2016 08:30:40

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