7 Plants I Always Start From Seed Learn about the plants I love growing from seed each year! Whether it's trying something unique, growing heirlooms, or saving money, I'll share how & why here. My favorite plants to start from seed every year & why!
Seeds can be started many ways: outdoors directly in the ground, indoors under lights or in a greenhouse, and even in the refrigerator in a paper towel. I use all of these methods. The needs of the plant and how it germinates best determine the way I do it. But the reasons I grow specific plants from seed vary. For example, sometimes it’s because that’s the only way I can find a particular variety. Let me walk you through seven plants that I always start from seed and highlight the whys and hows.
If you want to grow a lot of the same plant Petunia (Petunia spp. and hybrids) Why grow petunias from seed?
I use petunias in mass plantings, and it can be expensive to fill in large beds with flats of plants from the garden center. I may not be able to find some of the fancy colors or double cultivars, but the seeds of many great landscaping petunias, such as the Shock Wave® series above, are available.
Tips for starting petunias from seed
Start petunias indoors about 10 weeks before the last expected frost in your zone so they are blooming and ready to go in the garden as soon as the weather is consistently above 60 degrees F. Petunias’ tiny little seeds are often pelleted (coated in a clay material that dissolves when it’s wet), which makes them easier to handle.
I plant petunias in a seed-starting row flat in moistened potting mix. They need light to germinate, so just lightly pat them onto the surface. Set the flat on a germination mat until they sprout. When seedlings have two
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Coneflowers (Echinacea species) are a favorite perennial of millions of gardeners, and growing Echinacea from seed is fun and easy, if you follow the strategies I’m about to share. In this article I’ll introduce 3 methods of planting Echinacea seeds and the correct timing for each technique. With a little patience and forethought, you can grow hundreds of coneflower plants for the price of a single packet of seeds.
Knowing when to plant collard greens is key to their success. They can be grown directly from seeds or the seedlings transplanted into garden beds or containers to get a head start on the harvest. When deciding how and when to plant collard greens, your local climate and the length of your growing season are some of the most important factors to consider. In this article you’ll learn about the importance of timing, when to start collard green seeds indoors, when to direct sow outdoors, when to transplant seedlings, and get tips for growing healthy plants.
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Cross summer-blooming begonias with some of their cold-tolerant counterparts and you get the Rieger begonia—a great option for a pop of tropical color during the winter season. Pronounced “REE-ger,” the Rieger begonia is a winter flowering plant with blossoms like tea roses. Although these hybrids don’t have any scent, they more than make up for it with their riotously colorful, creamy blooms. Riegers range from reds, pinks, and bright yellows to shades of orange and stark white. What’s more, under the right conditions, they can bloom indoors for several weeks and they’re fairly easy to propagate, too.
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