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We usually buy our seeds online in the middle of the winter to start in our greenhouse. When we get the seed packs, the first thing we do is look at the planting instructions on the back of the package. In most cases all the information we want is not there. We then make out an index card on each type of seed. If information we want is missing from the back of the seed pack, we go online to get the additional information to write on the index card. We want to know the best temperature for germination, and the length of germination. If we are planting perennial seeds we want to know if the plant will bloom the first year and when to transplant in the garden. You must know if the seeds will be shade or sun plants. We like to mix the colors in our perennial garden, so we write the color on the index card. On the card we also write the date the seeds are planted and when the seeds actually form a seedling. If a transplant into a larger pot is necessary, what was the date of transplanting? Knowing how tall the plant will get is helpful when you are deciding where in your garden the plant will be placed. We planted some dahlias we grew from seed in pots without paying attention to the size the plants would be at maturity, and later discovered they could reach 3 feet tall. Not a good plant for a small pot. Don't forget to put the recommended space that should go between each plant on your card. We have been guilty of planting too close together and then having to move plants as they mature. We have also noticed that many plants get much taller then suggested on the seed pack or the online information, so keep that in mind when you decide where to place your plants. We then keep our seed index cards handy so we can refer back to them and add new information. When it comes time to transplant into our gardens, we use the seed index cards to decide where each plant should go.
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Hi Steve & Lila,welcome to the "stew". That's a lot of good information. You are very organized in your approach and I'm sure you get a lot of good results. Keep it coming.
Some sound advice there Steve. I just wish I were as organized as you are.
I'm afraid I'll never be that organized but you do have the right way to go about all your plants.
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