do you think it is too early?

United States
March 27, 2009 10:13am CST
[i]I started planting some flowers now and they like 4 cm tall this time, I am curious enough if I just started too early? Last year, it was my first spring and summer here and I planted some flowers too late also and I didn't enjoy it much. When do you plan to start planting some flowers? or do you have enough perennial flowers which will just show up anytime soon?[/i]
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@winterose (39929)
• Canada
27 Mar 09
you need to call up a garden specialist store and ask them, it depends on the area where you live, but if you plant too early and then their is frost you will lose your seeds, but it goes by the temperature where you live, it is too early here in montreal to plant.
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• United States
27 Mar 09
Hi winterose, I never thought about that, thanks for giving me that idea!
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@madasp (563)
• United States
27 Mar 09
where I live I usually don't get to plant anything until around the first week of may, if not later. Right now its still to cold (and there is still snow on the ground in some places) I do have a lot of perenials planted so they usually give me a heads up to when I can start planting my annuals. There are websites out there that will tell you when the right time to plant in your region is. I don't have any specific ones, but I usually just type flower gardening into a search engine and go from there. good luck! I hope the ones you've planted already make it!
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• United States
27 Mar 09
Hi madasp, Thanks for giving me some idea..I do hope also this will survive but if not, another lesson learned for me..
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@JoyfulOne (6243)
• United States
27 Mar 09
I don't know what area of the country you live in, so it'd be hard to say if you're too early for your planting zone or not. Where I live the last frost date is around Memorial Day, and almost everybody plants then. I was just discussing this with my one daughter (early planting) and told her that once when I planted too early they said we were going to have a killing frost that night. What I did worked really well...I took an old sheet and covered up the plants at dusk, and then took them off the next morning just as the sun was coming up and starting to shine it's warmth. All of the annuals (flowers & veggies) that I had planted weren't harmed. I have lots of perennials around that come back each year. The way I have them planted keeps the areas looking pleasant until I get the annuals in to fill in those empty spots. I start most of my annuals in the house during late March and April so that they'll be ready to plant, and large enough too. Have a wonderful spring!
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• United States
27 Mar 09
wow..thanks for sharing that JoyfulOne...I guess I need to cover it with old sheets also whenever we will have another cold nights here...
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@JoyfulOne (6243)
• United States
27 Mar 09
Glad it helped :-) The biggest thing is to put the sheet over top of the plants before they start getting that evening dew on them. The sheet helps hold the warmth in, and the dew (that will freeze) won't get to them and ruin the leaf system. Then in the morning it's most important to take the sheet off just after sunup. One friend of mine uses paper sacks opened up and set over top (upside down) for the bigger plants, that works really well too. I have a picture of this whole veggie garden covered in paper sacks lol, the joke used to be 'so that's where paper bags come from...the paper bag garden." Here's a great link for beginners, or people new to gardening, whether flowers or for veggies: http://www.geocities.com/mastergardener2k/
@lkbooi (16102)
• Malaysia
5 Apr 09
Hi che, I live in a tropical country and the climate here is very much different from that in your place. So I could just share with you how and when we start planting flowers here. The climate here is almost the same year in and year out, so we could start planting whatever flowers we love at anytime except those which could not adapt to the hot weather here. I believe those summer flower plants most probably could suit the hot weather and grow well here. I plant some sunflowers in the courtyard and the plants are in full bloom now. I like watching the big yellow flowers in the morning. It is weird to see that all the flowers face to the east all the time. Wish you all the best my friend, and happy posting.
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• United States
5 Apr 09
[i]Hi friend, Thanks for sharing...That is also what i love about Philippines, my Country! We can plant any plants anytime, You know I have also sunflowers this time and I am sad that they seems can't handle the cold weather this time, It supposed to be warmer this month but this weather here is very weird. I wish they will just survive, I love to watch them also when they will start to have flowers![/i]
@chrislotz (8207)
• Canada
4 Apr 09
Of course it matters where you live, as to when you can plant those first plants. When I lived in Winnipeg the winters were so wicked we didn't dare plant our gardens or flowers till after the May longweekend. So we usually ended up doing them in the first week of June. Now I live in Calgary and we don't plant our things outside till late June as we can still get frost and snow right into June. Most years we are finished with winter by the end of May but sometimes we still get snow in July and August so people here don't do a lot of garden planting. By the sounds of it, I think you live in the States and you have warmer weather than us and can plant sooner since you are talking about it already, in March. Lucky you.
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• United States
5 Apr 09
[i]Hi chris, Every years seems different since last year, during this time, we have a warmer weather already but this time, it's just weird. I have all my veggies and flowers now growing so fast but most of them looks weak as this weather is changing from time to time![/i]
@aseretdd (13712)
• Philippines
29 Mar 09
I have not planted flowers in a very long time... last time i think was in 2003 and i was not even able to see them bloom because i had to leave to work abroad... and when i came back... still no chance to plant because i moved our of my mother's house to an apartment with no garden... so i really have no idea if it is too early or too late for you to start planting...
• United States
29 Mar 09
Hi aseretdd, Thanks for dropping....I understand that, when I was working also in Visayas and was renting, we never had any time to plant and no one can take care of it since even weekend back then, most of us were working!
@Bebs08 (10691)
• United States
27 Mar 09
Hi Che, I will not be planting flowers this time. This is my 3rd spring here and I was frustrated the other year when I planted flowers and it did not grow good. I am having a garden but was frustrated too because of the deer and raccoons that eat my plant. I think, April is the best time to plant.. late April so that there will br no more frost. good luck.
@se7enthbird (8328)
• Philippines
28 Mar 09
oh sorry but i can not help you regarding flowers. i think that is not my forte har har har. my wife does like to take care of some plants to but we have no space for we only leave in an apartment. maybe she can start planting when seven is a litle bit older. even on pots only. i hope your plants and flowers grow as you expect
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• United States
27 Mar 09
I have enough perennials in my yard I have had white daisy out since Jan my azalies are all full now and my roses
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@marketing07 (6266)
• South Korea
27 Mar 09
perrenial flowers - for post
i think its on time...summer time is past approaching i dont have much perennial flowers how i wish i could..
@krajibg (11942)
• Guwahati, India
27 Mar 09
More than the season planting flowers of special nature depends on the climates of the region. Look if your climate is suitable for those flowers.
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@slickcut (8141)
• United States
28 Mar 09
I don't think it is too early, of course it really depends on your location..If it is still really cold or snowing then it might be to early, but here in Texas we are already planting...
• United States
28 Mar 09
Hi slickcut, Actually, no more snowing for us but unfortunately, we have this cold weather again..When I started planted 3 weeks ago, it was 60-70 deg F all the time and I thought it was all the way!
@bombshell (11268)
• Germany
28 Mar 09
if your weather is the right time to plant why not?but sad we have no garden
• Philippines
28 Mar 09
I don't think it is that too early,but it is good to have them in advance.
@gr8life (6253)
• Malaysia
28 Mar 09
Hello checapricorn, This is one of the questions that I can't answer! I don't like gardening and I don't know how to plant anything. If you give me some flowers to plant, I think they will die immediately when they reach my hands. I am very bad at this!