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Old 07-16-01, 08:39 AM
JamesnRhonda
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Just bought a home that was primarily used for rental property and so there is absolutly no landscaping or bushes/flowers around it. I'd like to grow all the plants from seed to save money. Can bushes like hydranga's or other ornamental plants be grown from seed or how do you start this. I just like the idea of starting off with all of these tiny plants and having a beautiful yard 5 years later. Does anyone have any links to good web sites for seeds or bulbs?
 
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Old 07-16-01, 01:07 PM
Gami
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Hi James & Rhonda,

First off, sorry, but in 5 years you won't have a beautiful yard with full size shrubs. Starting them from seed will take many years before they reach that size. Does anybody know how long?

The shrubs you buy at the nursery, take about 3 years before you REALLY see any substantial growth.

If you want to grow flowers from seeds, I recommend some kind of seed rack with adjustable fluorescent lights so you can start them in the winter. You can also wait until the ground warms up in the spring, but it's best to get an early jump on them. I have plans for a seed rack with lights that is made out of 2 x 2's that costs around $100 to build. I would be happy to email the directions to you.

Perennials can be started in the ground now and moved where you want them in the spring.

I've gathered some sites on growing shrubs, trees, flowers and herbs.

http://www.ianr.unl.edu/pubs/horticulture/g873.htm (growing shrubs from seeds)
http://www.greatgroves.freeserve.co.uk/growing.htm (oak trees)
http://www.colostate.edu/Depts/CSFS/growseed.pdf (trees and shrubs--pdf file)
http://w3.aces.uiuc.edu/NRES/extensi...-44/VC-44.html (growing herbs)
http://www.starnursery.com/notes/sn_315.cfm (flowers)
http://www.ianr.unl.edu/pubs/horticulture/g721.htm (annual flowers)

http://www.shepherdseeds.com/

I suggest searching for the "well known" nurseries, such as Stokes, Burpees, Gurney's, etc. and request a seed catalog. You will have photos, if it will grow in your zone, how tall/wide it gets, etc. Stokes is a great catalog for giving additional info besides just selling you their plants/seeds.

Good luck!

Gami

 
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