I purchased the Fall Seed Collection for some container gardening this autumn and have been very pleased with the results. Germination rate was fantastic and I had to do much more thinning than I usually do from store-bought seeds. The little growing guide helped with varieties I haven't grown before (hello, kohlrabi). All of my plants are hardy and healthy and I'm already enjoying the early harvests. Looking forward to maturity on the longer growers. Will be buying the Granny's kitchen garden pack for spring. Thanks so much!
I planted several varieties over the past couple years. These have been the most reliable producers so far. Averaged 10-15 lbs. one larger one about 20. Nothing remotely close to 40 lbs. that’s ok. Huge ones are a pain to break down.
I planted a whole bunch of this to attract bees and butterflies. It grows like crazy. However I protected the seed with hay because my first round died because of the hot Florida sun and lack of rain lately.
We started these indoors in January. We transplanted them twice and finally out to our raised bed (full coastal sun). The plant is massive and the tomatoes are TASTY! The best little tomatoes we have ever had. We will likely plant them in a separate bed next year since they grow to such a large size and can crowd out other plants.
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Penstemon Rocky Mountain
Penstemon Rocky Mountain
Packet contains 1/2 gram, approximately 520 seeds
Native to sage scrub or woodland communities in the foothills and mountains of the southern Rockies, this Penstemon provides food for a wide array of native bees and also attracts hummingbirds. The stunning purple/blue flower spikes resemble delicate snapdragons, and makes a great cut flower. The evergreen basal rosette of leaves turns from deep green to reddish in winter.
For additional resources, see: http://plants.usda.gov/plantguide/pdf/pg_pest2.pdf
Type: Evergreen perennial herb, clumping, spreads by stolons
Seed Depth: 1/8 inch. Barely rake seed into the surface of soil.
Height: 1-3 feet
Spacing: 1-3 feet
Light: Full sun to part shade
Water: Low, Drought tolerant
Soil: Well-drained, sandy, average. Not too rich.
USDA Zone: 3-6 (may be extended to zone 9)
When to sow: Direct sow 2-3 weeks before last frost, or up to 2 months before first frost. For transplants, sow 6-8 weeks before last frost, cold/moist stratify for best results: place seeds between moist paper towels inside a sealed plastic bag for 2-3 months at 40 degrees F. Divide clumps in early spring.
Optimal soil temp for germination: 55-60 deg F
Time to germination (after stratification): 15-30 days
Blooming period: Mid- to late-spring from 2 years after sowing. Dead-head to prolong bloom period, but leave some stalks for pollinators to enjoy.