on 50+ Perennials


Many perennials can be propaagated from
seeds. Follow these steps:

  1. Prepare a fine seedbed in a cold frame
    or in the garden. Thoroughly mix into the soil enough
    humus material and sand to give a friable soil, then
    mix one tablespoonful of fertilzer per square foot
    of bed area.
  2. Sow seed of most perennials in early
    summer (May or June) in rows 6 inches apart. Cover
    3 times the seed diameter with soil sifted over them.
    Tamp the soil firmly with a flat board after sowing.
  3. Cover bed with burlap or cheesecloth.
    Water often, sprinkling through the cover.
  4. When seedling plants appear above ground,
    raise cover to about 1 foot high.
  5. When seedlings are about 6 weeks old,
    remove shade cover and scratch fertilzer into the
    soil between rows at the rate of 1 tablespoonful per
    3 feet of row, using 1/2 on either side of row.
  6. In late summer or early fall the plants
    may be transplanted into permanent position or puS
    into another bed for further development.

In some cases seeds of perennials may
be sown in the fall.


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