How to Buy Fruit Seeds


Few fruits grow easily from seed. You'll typically only find a few strawberries varieties and several melon varieties--honeydew, cantaloupe, muskmelon and watermelon--available in seed form. Start strawberry seeds indoors. Sow melon seeds directly in the garden. Choose your seed varieties carefully. You want to buy the right varieties of fruit seeds for your area and garden conditions.

Step 1

Buy seeds early in the season, December or January, for the best selection.

Step 2

Choose between hybrid, organic and heirloom varieties. Find hybrid varieties at nurseries and garden centers. Purchase most organic and heirloom varieties online or through seed catalogs.

Step 3

Plot out garden space and sunlight availability. Measure the garden's width and depth. Spacing requirements vary greatly with each fruit variety. Verify the amount of sunlight received by your garden by monitoring it at various times through the day. Most fruits prefer full sunlight.

Step 4

Contact your state university extension office to determine the best fruit varieties for your areas. Only plant those fruits guaranteed to do well in your area.

Step 5

Look on the back of the seed packets to check freshness dates. The date printed should match the current year. Only purchase fresh seeds. Older seeds may not germinate.


  • Iowa State University Extension: Planting a Home Vegetable Garden
  • National Gardening Association: Getting Ready to Seed
  • North Carolina State University Extension: Home Vegetable Gardening

Who Can Help

  • Cooperative Extension System Offices
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