How To Grow Flower Seed


Growing flower seeds saves money and is an enjoyable hobby. The cost of a pack of flower seeds is minimal compared to a flat of flowers from a nursery. You can also grow more flowers from a seed pack than the number of plants in the flat. Start the flowers indoors and transplant them to the garden or sow the seeds directly into the flower bed in spring or summer.

Step 1

Read the planting instructions on the flower seed packet to determine seed requirements. Each pack will state planting times, planting depth, light requirements and whether to cover the seed or just press into the soil.

Step 2

Plant the seeds directly into the flower bed according to directions, in the spring or early summer. Add a standard fertilizer to the soil when you plant the seeds. Water the seeds thoroughly but do not make the soil soggy.

Step 3

Water the seeds daily until they start sprouting. Thin the flower seedlings to the recommended spacing. Handle the seedlings you pull out by the top leaves if you desire to transplant them elsewhere.

Step 4

Allow the flowers to bloom, fade and die on the stems. Use pruning shears or a sharp knife to clip the dried flower heads from the stems. For flowers that develop seed pods, let the pods dry on the stem before removal.

Step 5

Place the flower heads and seed pods on a screen in a well-ventilated area, out of direct sunlight. When the flower heads are completely dry, break them open to collect the seeds. Store the flower seeds in an airtight container. Label the containers for easy identification the following growing season.

Things You'll Need

  • Spade
  • Fertilizer
  • Pruning shears or sharp knife
  • Airtight containers
  • Container labels


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Julie Richards is a freelance writer from Ohio. She has been writing poetry and short stories for 30 years. Recently, Richards has written a variety of e-books and numerous articles on gardening, small business, and farming. She is currently enrolled at Kent State University completing her bachelor's degree in English.