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Easiest Annuals and Perennials to Start from Seed

Zinnias
Zinnias

Some annuals and perennials are easier to start from seed than others. Sow all seeds with some care.

Seeds sown in the open garden should be planted in well-prepared loamy soil; add plenty of aged compost to the planting area in advance. The soil surface should be light and find; this will allow roots to penetrate easily. If the soil is stiff or heavy add a mixture of sand and humus to lighten the texture.

Seeds can be started indoors in a greenhouse or sunny window in pots or flats of well-pulverized soil or seed starting mix. If only a few plants are desired, use pots. Use flats if you are starting a number of plants.

Clean the pots or flat then add seed starting mix or finely sifted soil composed of equal parts garden loam, humus, and sand. Scatter the seed thinly over the surface then press the seeds into the soil; large seeds should be covered as deep as their diameter. Set a piece of glass or plastic over the top of the pot or flat and place it in full sunlight.

Morning glory, Ipomea tricolor ‘Heavenly Blue’

Annuals and Perennials That Are Easy to Start from Seed

A-M Common NameBotanical NameZone
Black-eyed SusanRudbeckia spp.3-10
CelosiaCelosia spp.Annual
Coneflower, purpleEchinacea purpurea3-9
Cornflower, annualCentaurea cyanusAnnual
CosmosCosmos spp.Annual
HollyhockAlcea rosea3-11
MarigoldTagetes spp.Annual
Morning gloryIpomea tricolorAnnual

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Shasta daisy, Leucanthemum
Shasta daisy, Leucanthemum
P-Z Common NameBotanical NameZone
PansyViola spp.Annual
Shasta daisyLeucanthemum x superbum4-9
SnapdragonAntirrhinum majusAnnual
Sunflower, annualHelianthus annuusAnnual
Sweet peaLathyrus odoratusAnnual
YarrowAchillea spp.3-9
ZinniaZinnia spp.Annual

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