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Beginner Gardening: Flowers from seed

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Hudson, NY
(Zone 5a)

February 20, 2012
6:05 PM

Post #9014006

Hi everyone! I live in zone 5 and last year started some flowers from seed ie: marigolds, morning glory, cosmos ...what else do you all do, recommend are easy flowers to start from seeds? Thanks and happy spring soon!!!!


central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

February 20, 2012
6:35 PM

Post #9014060

Zinnias have to be the easiest I've found. I've wintersowed Sweet Williams(very easy)


Kiowa, CO
(Zone 5b)

February 20, 2012
7:21 PM

Post #9014127

In ground or inside? Alyssum is easy in or out, nicotiana sandersae Heaven Scent (very fragrant) seeds in or out and also reseeds even in z5. Hollyhocks can be started either, coreopsis grandiflora (p), some of the annual rudbekias are great. Just a few ideas for you to explore. Most of mine that have been started outside are dropped from plants in the ground.

pix: the dark purple is Salvia nemerosa which reseeds (p=perennial)
pix: papaver somniferum annaul, reseeds year to year
pix: verbascum phoenicium, (p) reseeds readily
pix: plant in the back is linum perenne (flax) reseeds readily (p)
pix: seed starting in the spring in my back bedroom with shop lights and a homemade stand

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Shawnee Mission, KS
(Zone 6a)

February 21, 2012
4:58 PM

Post #9015141

Zinnias, inpatients, columbines, coleus, hollyhocks, alyssum, lambs ear, four o’clock, yarrow, bachelor button, sunflowers, bee balm, borage, calendula, Black-eyed Susan’s, rudbeckia, begonias, coleus, lobelia, marigold, pansies, petunias, portulacas, salvia, violas, violets, nasturtiums, amaranth, and snapdragons.

Look and see if your local extension office has a list of what grows best in your area. I seed most items inside as I like to make sure that they grow. If there is an issue with the tap root not likeing to get disturbed then I grow them outside. Look at seed catalogs like Johnny's Seeds, Territorial Seeds, Burbees, Seed Savers, or Renee's to see what they offer. Some of these either self-seed or you can save seeds from.
Storrs, CT

February 25, 2012
12:52 PM

Post #9019658

2nd on the zinnias and marigold. I also found nasturtiums to be easy, I like the Empress of India one I tried last year, they are a darker red flower and a darker green foliage, pretty cool. Here is a link for the ones I bought. Are you familiar with Hart Seed?
Hudson, NY
(Zone 5a)

February 27, 2012
6:14 AM

Post #9021635

I have so many nasturtium and morning glories from last years blooms, I love them and they are easy! I am going to try alyssum in my peat pots. Thx
Lexington, KY
(Zone 6b)

February 28, 2012
9:25 AM

Post #9023281

Nozy, I'm glad to hear you liked Empress of India. I'm going to try it this year. True red flowers like that are hard to find. I love Nasturiums! This will be my first time to try them from seed.
Goldenway-I had good luck w/Impatiens. I haven't tried many from seed, but those did well. This was a good question-I'm glad to know Allysum is easy. . love those too & will now include them!
Thanks and Happy Spring to you as well!!
Storrs, CT

March 20, 2012
4:40 PM

Post #9050569

Hey idealpeggy,

Yea, I usually don't grow a lot of flowers. The company I mentioned up above had it in a kit I bought, so I planted them. It's always fun to try new things!

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