Growing Wildflowers from Seed - Ideas and Tips
Growing flowers from seed
I love to grow wildflowers from seed! I didn't always, and thought it would be a lot of work. It came about by accident, the first time really. I and my young son, had a packet of seeds and a flower pot, part of a small gift.... He asked if we could plant them one day. I thought sure.... We had fun outside in the sunshine, and worked the ground a little. We cleared the area. Next, we planted seeds according to the instructions... and waited for a miracle.
I recall very distinctly, it was bachelors buttons, and zinnias that we first grew. Let me tell you, it was a pure joy to water them and watch them emerge, initially! Then later, after the first two leaves, then more, then more, then a bud one day... How could we know what a beautiful color they would turn out to be. The zinnias, were all different colors, a bright rainbow effect of colors.
Growing flowers from seeds can be easy and fun. My best tips are to follow the directions on the back, and don't over water them. Try to plant them early enough so that they don't get caught as a baby seedling in the scorching midsummer sunshine. Thin out the seedlings, if many happen to start growing together. Gently pulling the seedling out of the dirt, then making a new small hole elsewhere and replanting it often works. As the flowers bloom, any time spent "dead heading" the flowers, (cutting off spent flowers) will help your plant to grow more flowers. If you don't, its ok but know that the energy of the plant often gets directed toward making seeds instead, and the blooming period will decline.
You can start planting seeds before its warm enough to plant outside, and get a head start on the growing seasons in your area. You can purchase peat pots, and they range in sizes. You can fill these with dirt, plant your seeds, and just give them enough light and water to begin to grow. You can thin out the seedlings, and when its warm enough outside to grow your flowers, (or vegetables, for that matter), plant the peat pots directly into the ground. You plant the pot and all, and the roots grow beyond it, and it becomes a part of the soil around itself later on.
Here are some pictures of our garden of flowers, all grown from seeds since then. We have never lost the joy that comes from it. The best tip is to keep them watered, and protect them when seedlings. Later, they are pretty tough. When a flower starts to die, if you dead head it, meaning to cut it off, the flower will pour its energy into making new flowers. More to enjoy.:)