Guide to Starting Annual Flower Seeds

Save money and grow flowers not usually available in stores by starting your own annual flowers.

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Vinca is an excellent annual flower to start from seedVinca
Catharanthus roseus

These bushy 12-to 14-inch plants bear a profusion of single blooms in white, apricot, pink, or rose. ‘Stardust Orchid’ produces big blooms and is easy to grow.

To start seeds indoors: Start the seeds indoors about 8 to 10 weeks before your last frost date. Sprinkle seeds over the moist medium, cover them with a scant 1/6 inch of soil, then lay damp newspaper over the soil surface to keep the seeds moist and dark. Maintain the soil temperature at 70° to 75°F. Check daily for signs of germination; remove the paper as soon as sprouts appear (2 or 3 days). Plant the seedlings outdoors 2 to 4 weeks after your last frost date.

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