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What to Sow? You can choose using common plant names.
It is easy to choose plant varieties to Winter Sow. You don't need to know the botanical names of any of the plants you choose. All plants have common everyday names or descriptions that can bring to mind a natural environment, a regional location, or a description of reproductive habit. These names and clue-in phrases will help make it easier to choose which plants you can Winter Sow.
Natural Plant Names ~ Environments and locations.
Natural Environment Common Plant Names ~ Look for names showing natural environments, wild lands and other outdoor locations: Arroyo, Brook, Canyon, Creek, Desert, Dune, Field, Meadow, Mountain, Plain, Prarie, River, Sea, Swamp, Valley, Veld, Etc.
Some examples are:
Alpine Aster ~ Aster alpinus
Temperate Climate Plant Names ~ Look for global regional names indicating an origin in a temperate climate: Siberian, Chinese, Polar, Alpine, Oriental, Caucasian, Canadian, Russian, American, European, etc.
Some examples are:
Siberian Iris ~ Iris siberica
Catalogue and Seed Packet Germination Terms Indicative of Winter Sowing
Take a look at a seed catalogue; most will have some information about seed germination requirements. You will see some 'clue-in' phrases. Look for these or similar terms:
Needs pre-chilling, freeze seeds, refrigerate seeds, stratify for x amount of days.
More Ideas about Winter Sowing Seed Selection
Think about your own garden; think about your neighborhood gardens too.
Do you find plants that have volunteered each spring and shown up as seedlings that you did not sow? These are all good choices for Winter Sowing. Let's say that your orange marigolds have returned as volunteer seedlings. You can be pretty well assured that gold, lemon, mahogany, African or French varieties will all reseed. When it comes down to it, a marigold is a marigold, and is still a marigold.
Go to a local Botanical Garden and ask the gardeners which plants reseed on their grounds. Any plants they mention would be good choices for Winter Sowing because the nearby botanical garden has a climate and natiural growing environment similar to your own garden.
Take a walk at a nearby Nature Preserve to observe the wildflowers, sapling trees, bushes, vines, etc. All of these plants germinate and thrive outdoors with only Mother Nature to assist them. All of these plants are excellent choices for Winter Sowing,
This page last modified on Saturday, November 19, 2016