Sunday, January 22, 2012

When to Start Seeds Indoors

I'm sure you've been getting seed catalogs since December as I have, and it's time to make decisions on what, if any, seeds you'll start indoors. If you don't have a lot of space, one packet might be more than you need. If so, partner up with a family member, friend or neighbor and swap seed packets once you've taken out what you need. Below are suggested times for starting various flowers, herbs and vegetables. Use this to give you an idea of what you may want to sow indoors this year.

-Lisianthus takes up to 17 weeks has beautiful blooms in white, and various shades of pink, lavender, or deep purple. It's also known as Texas bluebell, Prairie Gentian or simply bluebells. Gerbera daisies also need a lot of time to grow, and should be started in January.

Early February:
-geraniums, pansies, violas or wax begonias

-onions, leeks

Mid February:
-impatiens, larkspur, fountain grass, lobelia and stocks


Early March:
-coleus, dahlia, gazania, heliotrope, petunias, rudbeckia, snapdragons, verbena

-broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, head lettuce

Mid March:
-bells of Ireland, candytuft, cleome, pinks, hollyhock, African marigold, nicotiana, phlox, salvia, statice, strawflower, sweet alyssum

-peppers, eggplant

Early April:
aster, babys breath, bachelor buttons, balsam, calendula, cornflower, four o'clocks, marigolds, morning glory, nasturtium, moss rose


cosmos, sweet peas, zinnias,

Obviously I didn't include all flowers, herbs and vegetables in this list. I tried to get the most popular plants included. I do have to say that there are flowers I always sow outside without fail as soon as the heavy frosts have left. They are: nasturtium, morning glory, calendula, bachelor buttons, sunflowers, and zinnias.

This should give you an idea of which seeds you can start indoors and when you need to do it. I've also blogged on previously on seed starting:


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