Guide to Starting Annual Flower Seeds

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


Medallion Daisy is an excellent annual flower to start from seedMedallion Daisy
Melampodium paludosum

Melampodium bears beautiful small, golden, daisylike blooms on bushy plants that tolerate heat, drought, and pests. Grow them as an edging plant or in containers.

To start seeds indoors: About 14 weeks before your last frost date, sprinkle the seeds over a premoistened medium, then cover the seeds lightly with vermiculite. Keep the temperature at 65° to 70°F. Sprouts should appear in a week or two. Transplant the seedlings to the garden 2 weeks after your last frost date.

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