With winter well under way, it’s hard to imagine gardening. But with our 2015 seeds arriving soon, many customers have begun to plan out their gardens and deciding what to start indoors. Many people start their vegetables inside, but many flowers can be easily started indoors as well. Here is a list of ten of the easiest flowers to start indoors.
1. Marigolds: Marigolds are an easy bedding plant that can be started from seed either indoors or directly in your garden. Their beautiful bright yellow, orange, red and cream colored flowers love sunny spots and are rabbit resistant. The seeds sprout in less than a week and with marigolds coming in all heights and various flower types, there is a marigold that will work for every garden.
2. Nasturtium: Nasturtiums do well on their own or in a container with other plants. They do well sown directly into the soil after the last frost and grow very quickly. The come in bright jewel tone colors and will fill in any empty spots you have in your containers. A great way to get the seeds started is to soak them in water for 12 to 24 hours before planting them. This will help their hard shell crack sooner and allow the plant to sprout in about one week.
3. Moss Rose: Moss roses are a great annual for sunny gardens. They are succulents and do not need a lot of water, making them great for the hot summers we have had the past few years. They do not grow very tall, but are great for the edge of containers and as a ground cover. They come in a variety of bright colors and once sown, the seeds sprout in two to three weeks.
4. Cleome: Cleome are also known as spider flowers. They have beautiful flowers in shades of white, pink and purple. These annuals are more like a tender perennial in the fact that they often reseed themselves in beds where they are planted. They are a tall flower and make great accent plants. Once sown the seeds sprout one to two weeks.
5. Zinnia: These annuals sprout very quickly from seed and are some of the easiest to grow. They grow so fast, in fact, that you don’t necessarily have to start them indoors. Zinnias come in a wide variety of colors, heights and shapes, meaning there is a zinnia that works for every sunny garden. Once the seeds are sown, zinnias will sprout within a week. When starting seeds outside, be sure that the last frost has passed as they are tender.
6. Cosmos: Cosmos are another annual that loves the sun and are easy to start from seed. These generally come in pink, white and purple blooms that resemble a daisy. They have beautiful fern-like foliage and do well in hot, dry locations. These seeds generally sprout in one to three weeks and can reseed themselves in the garden.
7. Sunflowers:One of the most popular flowers to grow from seed is the sunflower. They have many different varieties with different colors and heights, but all of these are easy to grow from seed. Sow the seeds straight into the garden with lots of sun. Being that most varieties grow quite tall, make sure you have some sort of support for the stems. Once the seeds are sown, the plants should sprout in about a week.
8. Sweet Peas: Known for their wonderful fragrance, sweet peas are great for starting from seed. Sweet peas are a vine and need something to grow on in a sunny spot. While they do like their water, they also do best if you keep cutting them. They make great cut flowers for in the house and are easy to start from seed.
9. Aquilegias: These beautiful flowers are easy to grow from seed and are perennials that will grow back every year. These do well if they are started indoors in smaller pots and then transplanted to your outdoor garden. The gorgeous bonnet-like flowers come in every color combination and do well in full to part sun.
10. Pansy & Violas: These flowers are a sure sign of spring. Pansies and violas are some of the easiest flowers to start from seed and available in every color you can imagine. Start these indoors or out, pansies are some of the first flowers that can be planted in the cool soil and tolerate the cool spring temperatures. The best way to keep them blooming is by snapping off the spent flowers.
So while the winter winds howl outside, start playing in the dirt and get your garden started indoors!