Guide to Starting Annual Flower Seeds

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


Alyssum is an excellent annual flower to start from seedAlyssum
Lobularia maritima

Alyssum’s tiny, fragrant flowers of white, pink, or purple attract beneficial insects and butterflies. Use these ground-hugging plants to edge beds, borders, or containers.

To start seeds indoors: Sow the seeds on the surface of the medium without covering them, about 6 to 8 weeks before the last frost date. Keep the soil temperature at 60° to 75°F. Germination should occur in 1 or 2 weeks. Transplant the seedlings outdoors around the last frost date.

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