Seeds that didn't succeed with winter sprouting

by Catherine
(Chicago, IL)

Hi there,

I am very excited to try this method because I find that hardening-off my little plants to be most difficult.

My question for you is: are there any seeds that you haven't had great luck with so far?

You mentioned that marigolds are tender plants. I am shocked to imagine that this works with tomatoes, eggplants and peppers who love it hot.

Does this really give them much of a head start, or do they grow about as fast as the "volunteer" seeds that fell onto the soil from last year?

Thank you for posting so much useful information for us. It really is such an asset to be able to question an expert like this. Thank you for taking time for all your readers.


Editor says: Thanks Catherine. Happy to help. My advice would be, give a wide range of seeds a try. There isn't much to lose, and the results can be surprisingly positive!

The head-start is definitely better than anything we've managed by growing seedlings inside (heated or greenhouse). The hardening off process is pain (carrying trays in and out) and inevitably something gets damaged, dropped or wilted.

Make sure the container allows lots of light to penetrate. That is the #1 problem with winter sowing methods.

Good luck, and write again with your results!

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