I’ve collected perennial seeds in the past and started them in small pots, but after I watched this video about seed starting, created by the park staff where I live in Dane County, Wisconsin, I decided to “go bigger!” Perennial seeds in the midwest need a cold period to germinate, so they have to spend time outside in the winter.
I collected seeds from plants that I already grow in my garden:
Orange (native) Columbine
Indian Grass (Sorghastrum nutans)
Coneflower “Cheyenne Spirit”
Purple and White Columbine (seeds saved from 2018)
Early Sunflower or Oxeye (Heliopsis helianthoides) from a free seed packet I received from Prairie Moon Nursery
In the spring, when it’s warm enough, I’ll flip open the top of the jugs to let sunlight in. Once the plants have a couple sets of true leaves, I’ll transplant to individual pots. Then when they’re big enough, in to my garden.
I also collected seeds from my annual flowers and veggies, and I’ll start those indoors next spring. Seed starting keeps me hopeful:)
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Hi. I’m Rachel - an artist, feminist practitioner, and crone of compassion and wisdom living in Madison, Wisconsin, USA. I hold a bachelor of arts in studio painting and art education.
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I’ve saved the milk jugs, purchased the potting soil, and am just waiting for my seed order for some new perennials to arrive and then I’ll be following your lead and planting for spring!
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