Packet Annual Flowers
Packet Perennial Flowers
In 2012 Denali packet Flower, Herb, Vegetable
and Wildflower seed is available only online.
PLANTING DEPTH IN COLD CLIMATES
In the far North the shallow planting of seed is recommended because
of the cold soil temperatures. When seed is planted shallow, it is placed
in the warmest part of the soil which speeds up germination which
is very helpfull but also has one drawback, exposing the seed to drying
out which occurs more frequently near the soil surface. Be sure the soil
surface over the newly planted seed is well compacted to help retain moisture.
Keep the seed moist as it MUST NOT be allowed to dry out during the
germination period or the young sprouting seedlings will be killed. Unlike
mature plants, there are no visual warnings when the seed is too dry. The
results, however, are very visual: the seed just does not come up. With
this in mind, it is very important to keep the seed bed moist at all times.
This can be done by first watering the seed bed, then placing newspaper
or a piece of clear plastic over the moist row to reduce evaporation. The
use of plastic is very helpful where water is in short supply or where
watering must be done by hand. Clear plastic also raises the soil temperature,
which in turn speeds up germination. CAUTION: when clear plastic is used
it is very important that the plastic be removed from over the seedlings
as soon as the first seedlings break the soil surface. If the plastic is
not removed immediately most garden plants, with the exception of sweet
corn, will be sun burned. This will either stunt or kill the young seedlings.