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Growing Flowers from Seed

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There are many flower species that can be grow right in your own home from seed. Most seed is available from seed suppliers or garden centers. You can also save your own if you wish. Obviously there are too many for me to list on this single page. So I am only going to name a few. If you want flowers for your flower beds or pots as soon as frost has passed you should start these seeds 2-3 months ahead of time to ensure they are blooming. The time required usually depends on the flower, and some may not be feasible to start on your own.

Here is a list of some easy-to-grow flowers:

Inpatients – Inpatients are probably one of the most common potted plants. They are smaller plants only reaching about 6 – 10 inches tall. They generally bloom all summer long and are very easy to start on your own.

Petunia – Petunias come in a wide range of colors and varieties. Recently the wave petunia has been gaining popularity. It has smaller flowers and grows out in a vine like fashion. They are very easy to grow and are especially great in pots.

Moss Roses – Moss roses are a great bedding plant. They grow very close to the ground and are extremely heat tolerant. They come in a wide range of colors to choose from. They are also a great addition to your pots.

Snapdragon – Snapdragons come in different heights and colors. They are great for flower beds as well as potted plants. They are very easy to grow from seed. If you pinch the flower together and release it you will know how the flower got its name.

Zinnias – Zinnias are extremely heat tolerant. They originate in the South and produce wonderful showy flowers all season long. They can be sown right in the ground in rows or scattered. They come in a wide range of colors, and attract bees and pollinating insects to your vegetable garden. They make wonderful cut flowers and great accents.

Marigolds – Marigolds are probably one of the easiest plants to grow from seed. They give off a distinguished odor, and are said to repel insects and animals. This makes them great for garden boarders, accent plants, and potted plants.

Sunflowers – Sunflowers are known for their height and their seeds. They are commercially grown across the country. The seeds can be eaten, used for bird food, and made into oil. For the home gardener sunflowers can add something extra to your garden, and makes the perfect bird feeder in the fall.

Cosmos – A tall showy delicate flower. This plant grows well in wide open areas. It is often included in wildflower mixes.

Bachelor Buttons – A nice little showy annual. This plant is very easy to grow and can be planted almost anywhere. It only reaches about 15 inches tall, and is perfect for accents.

Hollyhocks – A very tall plant that is perfect next to buildings. It is a biannual, which means it takes two years for this plant to flower. The hollyhock once established will typically re-seed itself. Therefore, no additional planting is usually required.

Morning Glory – A flowering vine which blooms primarily in the morning and closes in the evening. Seeds can be sown directly in the ground. The morning glory requires something for it to climb on. A tip to increase germination is to soak the seeds in water overnight prior to planting.

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