Seed Starting Guide: 5 Super Useful Things to Consider When Growing Flowers From Seed
1. Last Frost Date
2. Seed Starting Guide
Once you have your ‘last frost date’ and have marked the ‘weeks to last frost date’ you can check the back of your seed packages for when to start sowing the seeds. Most seed packages will include information on when these seeds need to be started. Some seed packages come with no information which is mildly annoying, especially if you are a new grower! I have created a ‘cheat sheet’ for all of the crops that I have grown in the past. It will be updated every year to include any new information.
3. My Favorite Seed Suppliers
4. Reasonably Priced Grow Lights
Grow lights can be quite expensive depending on the brand you buy. They don't need to be! I found an 8 pack on Amazon two years ago and bought it. I have been very happy with these lights! They come with connector cables so you can turn them all on with a single switch. I just checked again and there is a $15.00 off coupon check box on them right now. If you need some reasonably priced grow lights go check out these Kihung LED Grow lights.
5. Book: 'Cool Flowers' by Lisa Mason Ziegler
Cool Flowers by Lisa Mason Ziegler is one of my all time favorite flower books. Not all flowers love heat. In theory we all knew that, but before reading this book I never thought to plant cool loving annuals out six weeks before the last frost date in the spring! It takes a bit of faith to plant these little seedlings out when it is still freezing every night, but the cool season hardy annuals love it. It actually works! If you've never looked through this book I definitely recommend it to anyone living in an area that has a cool, or cold season.