How to Plant Perennial Flower Seeds


Perennial plants have flowers that continue to bloom every spring. Baby's breath, cardinals and daisies are examples of perennial flowers. To grow perennial flowers, plan where each of the flowers will go. This is very important because the flowers will remain in their location for several years. After a plan is finalized, planting the seeds can begin.

Step 1

Till the soil so to a depth of at least 6 inches. Remove any rocks, pebbles or debris.

Step 2

Add 2 inches of peat moss to the top of the tilled soil.

Step 3

Add a 5-10-5 fertilizer to the soil. Apply 2 lbs. of fertilizer for every 100 sq. ft. of garden space.

Step 4

Till the soil a final time to mix everything together.

Step 5

Wet a piece of vermiculite so that it is just damp. Place the vermiculite in the bottom of a plastic freezer bag. Set the perennial flower seeds in the bag and seal shut. Stir the seeds and vermiculite together with your fingers. Keep them in a refrigerator for a 10 weeks while the seeds germinate.

Step 6

Dig holes 6 inches apart by sticking your finger into the soil. Drop the perennial flower seeds into the holes and cover with the soil.

Step 7

Water the seeds immediately after planting so that the soil is soaked 6 inches deep. Repeat this once per week if no adequate rainfall is present.

Tips and Warnings

  • Divide the perennials every three years to keep them active and producing flowers.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden tools
  • Peat moss
  • Fertilizer
  • Perennial flower seeds
  • Plastic freezer bags
  • Vermiculite


  • Cornell University: Introduction to Perennials
  • Purdue University: Growinig Perennial Flowers
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