Starting Plants from Seed

Starting plants from seed is to us, a very gratifying experience - one that is not as difficult as many people think. Unless you are planting a wildflower meadow, we recommend that you start your seeds indoors. This allows the seed the best conditions in which to germinate and removes the possibility of competition from weeds. Most people do not have a greenhouse but almost everyone has a sunny window ledge that can provide an ideal space to start your seed.

It's best to sow the seed in a sterile, soil-less mix that can be purchased at your local garden centre. As a rule of thumb, plant the seed at a depth of twice the diameter of the seed. Some seeds, however, require light to germinate and should be placed on the surface of the soil mix. Keep the soil moist but not wet and never allow it to dry out. A hand held mist sprayer is ideal for this. Almost all the seeds will germinate at average household temperatures of 18 - 21C. (65 -70 F.) Some patience is also required, as some seeds will germinate within a few days while others may take a few weeks.

All of the seed packs we offer have specific germination instructions printed on the seed pack to assist you in successfully germinating the seed.


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