Growing flowers from seeds is an excellent way to grow a wide variety of flowers at little to no expense. Sometimes you may even get seeds from friends and neighbors, so you won't have any out-of-pocket expenses to get your flower garden started unless you needed to buy compost, potting soil or flower pots to plant the seeds in.
Growing flowers from seeds also allows you to see how much you've accomplished in a short amount of time. It's a wonderful feeling to see brand new sprouts emerging from fertile soil just a week or two after you planted the seeds.
The instructions for planting flower seeds may vary slightly depending on the types of flowers you're planting. Some can be sown directly into the soil while others will need to be soaked or stratified. As a general rule of thumb, any flower seeds that have a very tough outer shell will usually need to be soaked or stratified before planting.
Gather or buy the flower seeds you want to plant.
Research the individual flowers at your local library or through an online search engine to see if you can determine whether the seeds need to be soaked or stratified. Morning glory and four o'clock seeds need to be soaked for example, while Texas mountain laurel seeds have to be stratified.
Lay out the direct sow seeds in your prepared garden bed or flower pots. Lay the seeds at least six to twelve inches apart if you're not sure how far to space them, then cover the seeds with soil. Tiny seeds only need about 1/4 inch of soil over them while larger seeds can have as much as 1 inch.
Water the cover soil enough to make it damp without washing the seeds away.
Before planting tough, hard shelled seeds such as morning glory, soak them in lukewarm water for one to five hours.
If soaking does not seem to soften up the flower seeds, try stratifying them first--scratch or knick them with a knife or file--then soak them for several hours.
After soaking or stratifying, follow the planting instructions noted in Step 3.