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#33 – 3 Perennials to Start from Seed with Dave Dowling

by | Apr 20, 2023

Did you know that many perennials can actually be started from seed? Today, Lisa and Layne are joined by Dave Dowling of Ball Seed to discuss three perennials grown for cut-flower use that can be started from seed. They cover why each plant is worth growing, USDA hardiness zones, favorite varieties, the meaning of “first-year flowering”, growing and spacing tips, the proper harvest stage, vase life, and more. Listen to the podcast and get ready to grow echinacea, echinops, and yarrow from seed!

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The “Seed Talk with Lisa & Layne” podcast is produced by The Gardener’s Workshop and co-hosted by Lisa Mason Ziegler and Layne Angelo. Lisa is the founder and owner of The Gardener’s Workshop, where Layne works as Seed Manager. Lisa is the award-winning author of Vegetables Love Flowers and Cool Flowers and the publisher of Flower Farming School Online, Farmer-Florist School Online, and Florist School Online. Watch Lisa’s Story and connect with her on social media. Layne is an avid gardener, seed starter, and engineer who loves learning and applying her technical knowledge to all areas of life, including gardening and growing flowers. Thanks for joining us!