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 twoRead more on gardengatemagazine.com