On Doing a Little Research Before Jumping In

Last Friday, I posted a picture of our Bachelor Buttons that we planted back in August. They will grow this fall, and hopefully survive the winter to bloom next spring. At the same time we planted the Bachelor Buttons, we also planted Larkspur seeds. They are another flower that is best planted in the fall in Kansas. Unfortunately, none of them grew! I assumed that we must have had poor quality seed and moved on. We planted some mixed lettuces in that area for fall salads. The lettuce is now doing great, but we are seeing these guys popping up:

Yep, you guessed it. Those are some of the larkspur seedlings that we had given up on! I was reading an article the other day that explained why they are just now starting to grow. Apparently larkspur seeds only germinate after 14-21 days of soil temperatures below 55 degrees. Our soil temperatures were nowhere near that in mid-August when we planted the seeds! We are just now getting down into the proper range, and we are seeing germination because of it. I think we are going to plant some more seeds in between the lettuce rows for bloom next spring.

About Rebecca

I'm a Horticulture Educator with Sedgwick County Extension, a branch of K-State Research and Extension, located in Wichita, KS. I teach about fruits, vegetables, and herbs.

Posted on October 5, 2010, in Around the Garden and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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