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RE: starting seed outside? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: roberta_z5 on 02.20.2007 at 09:50 am in Daylily Forum

I first re-hydrate my seeds in a zip-lock baggie. Each cross goes in its own baggie with a handful of damp peat moss. I sit the box of baggies outdoors in a sheltered spot about 2/3 weeks before the day I plan to plant them outdoors. Most will have sprouted, but all get planted that day. By being outdoors while re-hydrating, they don't need to be hardened off.

I pick a day after the last frost when the ground can be worked. I will always have a large bed prepared with rows about 2' apart and cardboard and hay (covering the cardboard) on the pathways. The planting rows are very narrow so I don't have to do much weeding. I plant the seeds about a foot apart. Once I see them coming up through the ground, I pull the hay around each seedling.

It is easy to keep weeded this way and the moisture is held in.

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