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We use several symbols and abbreviations in our catalog:
: especially fragrant
: great for containers
: great cut flower
: heat and/or drought tolerant
: attracts butterflies
: Honey Bee Favorite
: Native Flower
HA -- Hardy Annual.
Hardy annuals can stand some frost, so sow in the open ground well before the last spring frost date, or, in warm winter areas, sow in fall.
HHA -- Half-hardy Annual.
Half-hardy annuals will survive a very light frost but are planted in the open at the last spring frost date or a little later. They can also be started indoors 6-8 weeks before the last spring frost.
TA -- Tender Annuals.
Tender annuals are warm weather plants that cannot withstand any frost and prefer warm nights. Tender annuals with long weeks to bloom (16-18+) should be started indoors 8-10 weeks before the last spring frost.
I fell in love with Black-eyed Susan Vine in a plant nursery few years back when I travelled to Midwest. The plant in some way caught my attention because of the name. At home, I had and still have the Black-eyed Susan plant, the Rudbeckia family bushy with upright clumps. Since then, I searched for the vine seeds, but not seriously into the planting due to busy schedules.Beginning of the year, I took up time trying to search again and then I came to know Select Seeds web site. I debated myself should I get the yellow or the white. The one I saw was yellow, but the white was elegant. Then, I decided to go ahead the latter white 'Alba.' Wola, it turns out such a beauty. I received a lot compliments from people and from Facebook.I live in New York City and the planting zone is 7b, so the vine will be annuals for me. The seeds took time (~3 weeks, could not remember exactly) to geminate after I soaked them overnight, but the seedlings grow fast with nice greenish leaves and by 5-6 weeks I had flowers. I planted the seeds in big pots with tomato trellis for them to climb. The soil is just regular garden soil bought from Home Depot. A little creative and effort, if providing a big netting for the plant to cascade up or down, it must be eye-catching!It is my first experience with Select Seeds; great customer services, great seed packaging with planting instructions, great shipping, and healthy seeds, truly a great buy.