Seeding Flowers Indoors: An Inexpensive Way to a Beautiful Summer Garden

 


Article by: Debbie Rodgers

Every year you plan , A Quick Guide To Fish Pond Bridges that THIS will be the year you have pots , How to Build a Waterfall For Your Garden Pond and pots , Build A Simple Planter Box of lush plants , Winterizing Your Pond on your balcony or deck. , Winterizing Your Pond Then you visit your local , Traditional Wisdom or Old-fashioned Nonsense? nursery in the spring , Container Vegetable Gardening - The Easy Way To A Mouth-Watering Harvest and reality hits -- the cost for your fantasy is just outrageous! Sound familiar?

But you can have the planters of your dreams at a fraction of the cost and with a choice of varieties far beyond what the local garden , A Look at Fall Flower Bulbs center offers. How? Start your own flower , Birdfeeders & Birdhouses - The Perfect Outdoor Accessories seeds now.

If you've never grown from seeds , Some Practical Ideas For Designing Your Own Landscape indoors before, it's best to begin with just a few types. Easy starters: Trailing lobelia and petunias make a bright and simple garden , Spring Wild Flowers for sunny spots. Licorice plant , Flower Shops and dwarf nasturtiums are also attractive.

Once you've decided on your plants, , Bamboo: a Versatile and Renewable Resource you must know two things to determine when the seeds , Winterizing Your Pond should be started: the last frost date for your area, and the time required before transplanting.



  • The last frost date is the date beyond which there is a low chance (usually about 10%) of temperatures , Bamboo: a Versatile and Renewable Resource at or below the freezing mark. This is important because many traditional plants , A Look at Fall Flower Bulbs for hanging baskets are tender, that is, they will not survive when frozen. You may already know what the frost date is for your area. If not ask gardening , Guide To Growing Annuals neighbors or your local gardening , Mower Safety - Blood On The Blade! center. If you are in the USA, visit http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/documentlibrary/freezefrost/Spring32F_hires.jpg for information , Birdfeeders & Birdhouses - The Perfect Outdoor Accessories from the national Climatic Data Center.

  • The time required before transplanting is different for each type of flower. , Daylilies - The Perfect Perennial You'll see this listed in seed , A Look at Fall Flower Bulbs catalogs or on the seed , The Truth About Mosquitos and Water Gardens packet. For example, a packet might tell you to "start indoors , How To Choose The Right Trees For Your Front Yard Landscaping Ideas 6-8 weeks before last frost date." Some seeds , BBQ Food is the Mental Cue that Summer is Here such as nasturtiums, zinnias, or cosmos may be sown directly outside , Tips for Buying Plants Online but if you have to wait after the danger of a frost has passed, you may want to get a jump on spring , A Look at Fall Flower Bulbs by starting those inside , Build A Simple Planter Box too.

    Licorice plants , Tips for Buying s Online and geraniums need 12 weeks to sprout from seed. , A Look at Fall Flower Bulbs So if my last frost date is May 15th, I'll want to start them around the last week of February. Petunias, impatiens and lobelia require 10-12 weeks, so I would start them around the first of March. Morning glories, which make a beautiful , Tick Removal privacy fence from a plain piece of latticework, need six weeks from start to transplant, but can't be put outside , Sheds until two weeks after the last frost date. This would mean starting them indoors , Traditional Wisdom or Old-fashioned Nonsense? about mid-April. I'd start nasturtiums and zinnias about then too.

    Your goal is to promote germination (with heat , How to Build a Waterfall For Your Garden Pond and water) and seedling growth (with light) while preventing your seedlings' chief enemy, "damping-off" (with air , Decorative Garden Accents circulation and proper drainage). Here are some tips , Mower Safety - Blood On The Blade! for successful seed , A Look at Fall Flower Bulbs growing.

  • Use plastic , Some Practical Ideas For Designing Your Own Landscape containers, about 2" deep, fairly wide and with multiple drainage holes. Growers' cell packs are ideal but you can also use yogurt or cottage cheese containers as long as you sanitize them with a mild bleach solution (one part bleach to nine parts water) for 15 minutes and then punch several holes in the bottoms.

  • Use commercial seed-starting mix. It's sterilized and contains the necessary food , Grow the BEST Tasting Tomatoes to aid germination. You might also want to try using a product , The Feng Shui of Trees specially formulated to prevent damping-off.

  • Plant seeds , Dealing With Pests In a Hydroponic Garden sparingly. You'll have to thin them anyway. Some growers plant , How To Keep Your Yard Ornamental With A Proper Sago Palm Care only two seeds , Viburnum Dilatatum 'Cardinal Candy' per cell pot. , 9-11 Changed Everything for the Garden Tractor Business If you're planting in flat , A Guide To Japanese Gardens trays, place seeds , Aluminum Sling Patio Furniture. Comfortable Seating for Outdoor Settings 1/2" to 1" (1 to 2.5 cm) apart, depending on the seed , The Garden Gazebo size, and space the rows 1 1/2" to 2" (3-5 cm) apart. Make a depression in the soil , Planting Roses with your finger or a pencil and plant , How To Choose The Right Trees For Your Front Yard Landscaping Ideas the seed , Traditional Wisdom or Old-fashioned Nonsense? about three times as deep as its diameter. If the packet says the seed , Planting Roses requires light , Cheap Pond Liners to germinate, then put it just on the surface of the soil. , The Garden Gazebo

  • Set the containers in a water-filled tray. This allows the pots , Winterizing Your Pond to draw water , A Quick Guide To Fish Pond Bridges from the bottom without disturbing the seeds. , Aluminum Sling Patio Furniture. Comfortable Seating for Outdoor Settings Cover tray and pots , Planting Roses with plastic , Build A Simple Planter Box to help hold moisture , Feeding the Hummingbirds and heat. , Feeding the Hummingbirds

  • Place the entire set-up on a heat , A Guide To Japanese Gardens source between 75 - 85° F (24 - 29° C). Although a heat , A Look at Fall Flower Bulbs mat designed for this purpose is ideal, you can also use the top of a fridge, or a spot near a radiator or space heater.

  • Once the seeds , Ornamental Aluminum Fences have germinated, remove the plastic , Spring Wild Flowers and put the pots , Build A Simple Planter Box (with the water , Sheds tray) near a light , Build A Simple Planter Box source at a reduced temperature. , How to Build a Waterfall For Your Garden Pond Good light , A Quick Guide To Fish Pond Bridges is crucial at this point to ensure good growth. Fluorescent shop lights , Mower Safety - Blood On The Blade! within a few inches of the tops of the seedlings are perfectly suited. You can also try a sunny south window , The Garden Gazebo but ideally the light , Birdfeeders & Birdhouses - The Perfect Outdoor Accessories should be on the plants , BBQ Food is the Mental Cue that Summer is Here for 16 hours out of each 24-hour period. In my climate, , Decorative Garden Accents we just don't have 16 hours of daylight this time of year! Seedlings respond best to daytime temperatures , The Feng Shui of Trees of 60 - 70° F (16 - 21°C) and night temperatures , Dealing With Pests In a Hydroponic Garden of 50 - 60° F (10 - 16°C).

  • Here's where it becomes critical to prevent damping-off. One way to do this is to let an electric , Decorative Garden Accents fan blow gently across the surface of the soil , A Look at Fall Flower Bulbs during daylight hours. There are also specially formulated products , What Are the Appropriate Plants for My Landscape on the market that can be applied to the surface of the soil , Feeding the Hummingbirds when you are planting seeds , Build A Simple Planter Box that will help stop damping-off from developing.

  • When the seedlings have developed their first set of true leaves (not the round little germination leaves), pull all but one plant , Aluminum Sling Patio Furniture. Comfortable Seating for Outdoor Settings per cell. It's hard, I know, to pull up living plants , Create a Hummingbird Garden Habitat but it's necessary to prevent overcrowding that will kill all of them.

  • When the seedlings have developed their second set of true leaves, start watering them (from the bottom) with fertilizer diluted to quarter strength.

  • A week or 10 days before you plan , April Gardening Tips - Southwest Region to plant , Viburnum Dilatatum 'Cardinal Candy' them outside, , A Guide To Japanese Gardens start "hardening off" the tender seedlings. Stop fertilizing, and cut the amount of water , The Feng Shui of Trees in half. If possible, keep them in a cooler space inside , Bamboo: a Versatile and Renewable Resource and start introducing them to the direct sun , Three Tips for a Better and Cheaper Lawn and fluctuating temperatures , Mower Safety - Blood On The Blade! of the outdoors. , Can Robotic Lawnmowers Save the World or at Least You Money? Begin by setting the trays outside , Feeding the Hummingbirds for an hour in the mid-morning or mid-afternoon ad gradually lengthen the time to several hours. Don't put them out in heavy rain or cold, , How To Choose The Right Trees For Your Front Yard Landscaping Ideas strong wind and be sure to bring them indoors , Some Practical Ideas For Designing Your Own Landscape at night.



Follow these steps and you'll have a bounty of young, strong plants , What Are the Appropriate s for My Landscape to fill your hanging baskets and pots. , A Quick Guide To Fish Pond Bridges This year, you'll have the planters of your dreams!
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Debbie Rodgers owns and operates Paradise Porch, , How To Choose The Right Trees For Your Front Yard Landscaping Ideas and is dedicated to helping people create outdoor , The Garden Gazebo living spaces that nurture and enrich them. Visit her on the web , How to Build a Waterfall For Your Garden Pond at www.paradiseporch.com and get a free report on "Eight easy ways to create privacy in your outdoor , How to Build a Waterfall For Your Garden Pond space". Mail to debbie@paradiseporch.com

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