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- The advantages of sowing summer plants in open ground
- What kind of annuals can be sown in the ground?
Video: 5 Best Annuals That Can Be Sown Directly Into The Soil. List Of Names With Photos
The vagaries of the weather are forcing an increasing number of flower growers to give preference not to sowing annuals in the soil, but to growing them through seedlings. A successful spring, allowing even the most persistent of seasonal flowers to be sown on time, is now a rarity. But among the cold-resistant annuals there are favorites that will endure all the unpleasant surprises of the May weather and will delight them later with their flowering. Colorful, traditional, somewhat rustic, these are never out of fashion.
The advantages of sowing summer plants in open ground
Sowing directly into the soil greatly simplifies the life of any grower, since, in addition to the actual sowing and thinning, such a cultivation option is much simpler than the seedling method. If in the latter case the plants need tireless, constant care, careful control, diving (and sometimes more than one), attention and care, then when sowing in open soil, care is much easier.
Sowing in open ground has another important advantage: plants sown in open ground are much stronger and more resilient than the best seedlings when hardened. And they bloom longer and more magnificently, subject to all the rules of agricultural technology (although flowering begins a little later).
What kind of annuals can be sown in the ground?
Summer plants, which can be grown not only by seedlings, are limited in choice. And there are much less of them than crops that can be sown before winter. And for one simple reason: this method of cultivation is suitable either for plants with a sufficient degree of cold resistance, able to accept the last frost and cold snaps, or for crops with such a short growing season that summer sowing will still allow them to fully bloom.
In open ground, you can sow: eschsholzia, mallow, poppy, delphinium, marigolds, godetia, sweet peas, clarkia, nigella, amaranths, annual chrysanthemums and asters, marigolds, cosmeas, flaxseed, cornflowers, mattiolu, reseda, ilioux, gailleus etc.
Previously, marigolds, and even lobelia, and sage, and many other plants that today prefer to be sown for seedlings were grown through sowing directly into the soil in the spring. Climate change, which has been so pronounced in recent years, has changed the approach to seeding methods for annuals.
Problems with germination and preservation of seedlings in a situation when the weather is constantly changing, force many to abandon sowing in the ground. But you cannot grow all the plants through seedlings, and buying ready-made seedlings is a considerable expense item for the garden budget. And even if you have to make some additional efforts to get the annuals (soak the seeds, cover crops or seedlings), then, all the same, sowing in open soil will save you energy, time and money.
Mattiola, calendula, cosmea or marigolds are classic choices for sowing directly into the soil, but far from the only candidates for seedless cultivation.
Let's get acquainted with five more favorites among the annuals, which are better sown directly into the ground, and not on seedlings.
For a list of the best summer plants that can be sown directly into the soil, see the next page
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