Live outside of Boston.
About a month and a half ago I bought a package of "wildflower" seeds.
A very good, well known, brand, but I don't remember which.
Also, some top of the line potting soil.
Planted them in one of those long rectangular planters, with the
drain holes in the bottom.
Well watered, and outside in plenty of sun. No flowers !
So, any opinions on why no flowers ?
Plenty of green stalks; looks like a jungle.
Could it be we used too many seeds ?
Should it be thinned out, or are other possibilities more likely ?
Any thoughts or opinions would be most appreciated.
This seems rather unlikely, it might alter the germination rate but once you
had a jungle of stalks the germination conditions become irrelevant.
If the plants look healthy and they get plenty of sun I would say give them
more time. Six weeks from seed planting is pretty optimistic, if the soil
was cool it could have taken 2-3 weeks to germinate. Of course it would
help to know what they are.
Marigolds are anuals... they won't be back next year unless some
reseed. Many wildflower seeds in those packets are biennial, they
won't flower the first year. It's best to plant wildflowers directly
into the ground, they don't do well in pots.
I was wondering that because here in SoCal they always come back. When I
was growing up here we had marigolds covering a backyard hill that bloomed
Many wildflower seeds in those packets are biennial, they
And they never last for long. We have a lot of wildflowers blooming all
around town but they are gone in just a couple weeks.
They get huge because the hybrid "dwarfs" revert. All of my
marigolds this year are reseeded from last Spring's. Unfortunately,
descendants of "French" dwarf hybrids get pretty rampant so I prune and
deadhead the daughter generation ruthlessly and plant new seeds the
USDA zone 9b, peninsular Florida, U.S.A.
was this seed mix an annual mix, a perennial
mix, a biannual mix or some of all of the above
soil too rich and planted too thickly together.
for the biannuals and perennials it can
take a few seasons to get going.
and as others have mentioned, patience.
nah, at this point, just keep 'em watered
when they look to be getting too dry.
otherwise i'd let them be. i wouldn't
fertilize them either.
you might have troubles getting
anything through the winter, but
perhaps this was an annual mix
so it doesn't matter anyways...
for the general homeowner these mixes
can be dangerous (contain invasive
species). we have some weeds running
around here that came from one of
these mixes. very cute little blue flowers.
dies back long and scraggly, bugger to
pull and reseeds heavily.
also, never plant seeds or plants
that people give you without looking
into it further.
just general advice from someone who
spends way too much time trying to
recover from invasive species gone
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