How to Plant Spring Flower Seeds in the South

Overview

Springtime in the South brings to mind a vivid image of a colorful array of flowers. Capture nature's beauty by planting a variety of flowers that complement one another. Native spring flowers of the South are magnolias, azaleas and daffodils. The warm climate of the South makes for excellent conditions to plant flowers like pentas, which are a perennial. Most early spring flowers hail from the South; this is due to the warmer weather that allows the flowers to blossom quicker.

Step 1

Choose an assortment of spring flower seeds from the store. Look at the instructions on the seed packets and pick flowers that can grow in warm climates. Select colors that will flatter one another to enhance the beauty of the garden.

Step 2

Take the small containers and tap at least four holes in the bottom of each container for proper drainage. Fill the containers approximately two-thirds with potting soil. Dig a hole about the diameter of a pen and follow the seed packet instructions on sewing depth--usually this is about 1/4 inch deep. Place one seed in each hole and cover with a small amount of soil. If the seed is very fine, then several seeds may be planted in one container. Store the containers in a 2-inch-deep tray near direct sunlight.

Step 3

Water the seedlings by pouring a small amount into the tray holding the containers. This will allow the seeds to absorb the water through the soil. Switch watering methods once the seedlings start to sprout; use a watering can to moisten the soil lightly.

Step 4

Transfer the flowers into the outdoor garden once they have grown to reach 2 to 3 inches in height. Use the trowel to make a hole about twice the size of the plant's container in diameter and as long as the container in depth. Water the plant a couple of hours before the transplant to help ease the plant out of its former container. Massage the roots to loosen them and place the plant in the hole. Fill in the hole with soil and soak the ground with water.

Tips and Warnings

  • To avoid shocking the plants, allow the seedlings to sit outdoors for a couple of hours each day about two weeks before transferring them into the ground. Do not yank the plant by its stem when transferring it out of its container and into the ground. This action will damage the plant and may break the stem.

Things You'll Need

  • Flower seeds
  • Potting soil
  • Small containers
  • Tray
  • Watering can
  • Trowel

References

  • The Old Farmer's Almanac: Container Gardening with Flowers
  • Texas A&M University Horticulture: The Southern Garden

Who Can Help

  • The US National Arboretum: Native Magnoilas of Spring
  • Southern Living: Spring Pink Blooms
Keywords: southern flower gardens, planting spring seeds, transferring flowers

About this Author

Since May 2009, Christina Delegans-Bunch has been pursuing her career as a professional writer. Her work has been published on eHow and GardenGuides. She holds a certification in floral designing and wedding consultation from Harcourt Extended Learning.