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Counting the Days to Maturity

By January 10, 2013

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I often get asked whether Days to Maturity starts when the seed is planted or when the plant is transplanted. The truth is, it depends on who is writing it and they really should tell you. I'm guilty of this myself. However generally speaking,

  • If you start the seed indoors and transplant it into your garden, start counting from when you transplant.
  • If you direct sow it in the garden, start counting when you plant the seed.

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January 10, 2013 at 4:45 pm
(1) scotty says:

I get asked that a lot as well:)Believe me,I have often scratched my head about it as well.

On the seed pack it will state ‘days to maturity’ and I agree that when direct sown,one starts counting from the day the seeds are sown.However,so much depends on soil temp(the warmer the soil the faster germination)and the weather one gets after germination.Cool weather or lack of water can greatly delay maturity.

January 11, 2013 at 7:09 am
(2) gardening says:

Good point. These things are always just guidelines and averages. It takes as long as it takes.

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