How to Plant a Flower Garden From Seeds

Overview

Planting a flower garden from seeds is a great way to save money. If you buy transplants from a garden center you are spending way too much on something you could do yourself at home. Plus, by growing flowers from seed you have a larger variety to choose from so your garden can be more spectacular than ever. Try planting something exotic and different when you plant your flower garden from seeds.

Step 1

Choose which flowers you want to plant in your garden. Remember that annuals are easier to grow from seed than perennials, as perennials usually need a period of cold stratification to break dormancy. Wrap perennial seeds in a damp cloth, place them in a plastic bag and put them in a refrigerator for two to three months before you plant them.

Step 2

Start slow blooming annual and perennial seeds indoors one to two months before the last frost. Prepare the seed trays for the flower seeds. Fill the trays with the starting mix and water it until the soil is moist.

Step 3

Dig holes for the flower seeds in each tray. The hole should be twice as deep as the seeds are large. Place the seeds in the holes, one per hole, and cover them with soil. Keep them in a warm place and make sure the soil is constantly moist.

Step 4

Transplant the flowers outdoors once the soil has warmed to 70 degrees F. Dig a hole as deep as the root balls and twice as wide. Place the flowers in the holes and cover with soil, patting down firmly.

Step 5

Water the transplanted flowers until the soil is moist.

Tips and Warnings

  • Be sure to plant flowers in their ideal growing conditions. Always label the flowers you start from seed so you know what you are growing.

Things You'll Need

  • Seed trays
  • Starting mix
  • Spade
  • Grow lights

References

  • Sow Seeds to Grow Your Own Flowers
  • Growing Annual Flowers from Seed

Who Can Help

  • Planting Schedule for Flowers in Your Area
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About this Author

Hollan Johnson is a freelance writer for many online publications including Garden Guides and eHow. She is also a contributing editor for Brighthub. She has been writing freelance for over a year and her focus' are travel, gardening, sewing, and Mac computers. Prior to freelance writing, Hollan taught English in Japan. She has a B.A. in linguistics from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada.