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Posted: Jan/24/2009 6:18 AM PST
I want to do a project with my garden club on growing flowers from seeds and I'm trying to find out what flowers will not only germinate fairly quickly, but how soon they will actually start to bloom. Any ideas?
Posted: Jan/24/2009 7:38 AM PST
Marigolds come to mind for me. It takes all flowers a bit of time to start blooming. This is the seed used to teach school kids about plants.
Most all seed packets will give you this information as well. LB
Posted: Jan/25/2009 6:48 AM PST
You can try this discussion for some ideas. (See link, remove spaces...)
Usually the easier to grow flowers are used for teaching. I tried to find a flower chart including days to maturity listed. I did not locate one. You can look up the days to maturity on each plant to see which ones will blossom rather quickly. (Days to maturity is typically the time between planting the seed and the first harvest or blossom.)
I read that the disco marigold is specifically bred for early show. I tried to find info on it and it gave days to maturity as 7-10 days... but that can't be right. Here is the link just in case.
The conditions you have will make a big difference too. I do not find zinneas will sprout so well until it is warmer. The same goes for petunias. I also think that petunias are fickle sprouters.
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Posted: Feb/19/2009 5:03 PM PST
How about sunflowers? Even beans have flowers on them before beans so that might be an option, too.
Posted: Feb/24/2009 12:02 PM PST
Zinnias usually bloom 6 to 8 weeks from seeding, so starting in pots will help speed that up
Scarlet runner bean should flower pretty quickly plus give you some veggies
Phlox and Vinca are early bloomers but you need to start these indoors too.
Some of the asters and Marigolds may be good for you, again if you start them indoors.
Inspire Appleblossom Geranium is fast blooming for a geranium, 80 days from seed. If you start some now you could have blooms by June.