Seed Starting Tips and Information [Part 2 of 6]


WHEN TO SOW SEEDS

Inside: Generally, tomatoes are started inside 6 — 8 weeks before the average last frost, peppers 8 — 10 weeks, onions 8 — 12 weeks.

Outside: Warm season crops, crops that are frost sensitive such as beans, cucumbers, melons, pumpkins, squash and watermelons should be sown AFTER the average last day of frost in your geographic region. Cool season crops such as carrots, lettuce, peas, radish, chard and many leafy greens can be sown as early as 8 — 10 weeks before the average last frost for a spring harvest and in late summer for a fall crop (see specific variety information on the front and back of each packet). Most annual flowers are generally sown around the average last frost date even though some can be sown earlier. Perennial flower seed Flower seed can vary from 4 — 12 weeks before the average last frost depending on the variety. For specific variety in can be sown almost anytime – early spring through late summer – as long as they have enough time to germinate and get a root system established. Even a late fall sowing works – seeds stay in the ground dormant until conditions in early spring permit the seeds to germinate.

This six part series has been taken from Botanical Interests, Inc. You can follow them at @BotanicalSeeds

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