Purchasing enough bright annual flowers to fill your yard each year can be an expensive endeavor. Planting flowers in your landscaping, inexpensively, starts before winter has ended. Starting flower seeds indoors will allow you many more blooms for your money. With a few tips, you will find the process of planting flowers is easier and more enjoyable than you thought.
Collect small seeding containers. Use pre-used food containers, such as those that came with sour cream, cottage cheese or yogurt. Paper cups work well, also. If you prefer, use commercially made seeding trays or peat pots.
Fill each container up to 1/2-inch from the top with potting soil. Dampen the soil with a bottle mister. Stir the soil. Do not add so much water that you produce mud.
Poke holes in the top of the soil in each container at the depth recommended by the seed manufacturer. This information is usually found on the back of the seed packet. Different flowers use different seed depth. Drop a seed in each hole and push soil over the top of the hole.
Mark on each container the name of the flower planted. Set all of the seed containers into a tray.
Put a sheet of plastic wrap over the containers in the tray. Keep the plastic wrap loose, so that air can circulate. The plastic will keep the soil warm, hastening germination (sprouting).
Place the seed tray next to a southern window, where it will receive sunshine for most of the day. Keep the room temperature at a warm 70 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Mist beneath the plastic wrap as the soil begins to dry.
Take off the plastic sheet when the seeds start to germinate. Continue misting to keep the soil moist, but not sopping wet. Lower the room's temperature down to 60 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit.
Plant the seedlings outside in the yard when they have reached two to three inches. Make sure the last frost in your location has passed for the year.
Dig holes for your seedlings outside. Make a hole as deep as the soil in the container and a bit wider. Remove the seedlings (and soil) from the containers, and place them in the holes. Push soil around the sides of the seedling soil until the plant is compacted into the ground.
Give your seedlings a thorough watering. Fertilize them once a week with an all-purpose fertilizer. Stop fertilizing when you see flower buds appear.