Get your flower garden growing with any of these 10 Annuals To Grow From Seed.
Three cheers for spring, warmer weather and finally being able to dig in our gardens! I so love this time of year. Our greenhouses are bursting with color and our garden center is bustling with customers ready to add some bright beautiful flowers to their yard. While it is certainly easier to buy a flat of annuals to plant in the ground, you may decide you want to try your own hand at growing flowers from seed. That’s ok, because there are a lot of flowers that can easily be grown from seed. It’s really cool to see plants grow from start to finish, or maybe I should say seed to plant.
Here are a few basic guidelines. Generally, the hardier the flower, the easier it is to grow directly from seed. Before you begin, however, you need to determine a few things.
- Your climate zone or area. This will determine whether you can direct-sow your seed or you will need to start them indoors first. For example, if you live in the northeast, you will most likely need to start your plants indoors first since it is a cooler climate.
- Your growing conditions. Do you have mostly sun, shade or a combination of both? I have said this before, and I will say it again – the back of the seed packet is your best friend. It will give you all the important growing information like days to maturity and ideal growing conditions.
- Your choice. Once you determine your growing conditions, then you can decide which annuals would grow best in your yard.
Here are my suggestions for 10 Annuals To Grow From Seed.
Here’s another tip! Annuals that bloom later in the summer, like zinnias and sunflowers can be directly planted into the ground in late spring. Flowers that are planted in early May, like marigolds and celosia, are often started in seed flats.
Here are some gardening supplies you will need too!
Like any other living plant, annuals need proper care. Be sure to water, feed and weed you plants as needed. Just a few simple steps will have you well on your way to a beautiful annual garden. Happy gardening!