Spring is upon us and this is a great time to learn how to start flower seeds indoors. I’m sure we are all itching to soak up some sunshine outdoors and get our hands in the dirt. Winter can be fun, but here in New Hampshire, you usually have to put three layers on to keep warm. I can’t say I’m going to miss that. Watching all the snow melt gets me excited to clean up the yard and start some new projects.
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Since I’m not going to be eating these flowers I wasn’t concerned about using all organic materials. We went with something easy and fast. This Jiffy greenhouse kit already has soil pods in them and all you have to do is add water. It comes with the plastic lid for the top to create the perfect environment for your seeds. You can use a greenhouse kit like we did, or you can create your own.
How to know when to start flower seeds indoors:
Each flower has a different time frame from the time you sow it until it blooms. The packet will tell you the turnaround time on the back. Most packets say to start the seeds at least 6 weeks before you want to transplant them outside. You want to make sure there isn’t going to be anymore frosts because that will kill your flowers.
Materials you will need:
You can add whatever flowers you are wanting to have around your house. We will be planting these at my mother-in-laws house and she has full sun on her property, which most of these require. If your yard has partial shade you want to make sure you are picking flowers that say partial shade in the description.
Steps of starting flower seeds indoors:
Using warm water, evenly spray the soil pods until they expand to 1.5” tall. I was surprised how much water they absorbed until they became that tall.
Cut out the chart that is on the back of the Jiffy packaging, or make one if needed, to keep track of which pods have which seeds in them. This will help you stay organized while planting them.
Use a toothpick and make a little hollow area in the middle of each soil pod. This makes it easier to get the seeds in the pod.
Follow the directions on each packet for the depth that you should plant the seeds. If it doesn’t, I place them at least 2-3 times the width of the seed down into the soil.
Cover the seeds up with the peat moss. I found the toothpick to come in handy here too.
Place the plastic lid that comes with your greenhouse kit and keep the container in a warm area. Store the chart with your greenhouse Make sure you aren’t over watering your seeds, just make sure they are moist. Once they sprout a few leaves you can remove the top and place them in a sunny area.
Transplant the flowers outside once there isn’t a threat of frost.
- Jiffy Greenhouse Kit
- 3-4 packets of flowers of your choice
- Using warm water, evenly spray the soil pods until the expand to 1.5'' tall.
- Cut out the chart on the back of the Jiffy packaging & label which rows you have planted which seeds.
- Use a toothpick and make a little hollow area in the middle of each soil pod. This makes it easier to get the seeds in the pod.
- Follow the directions on each packet for the depth that you should plant the seeds. If it doesn't list it, plant the seed 2-3 times the width of the seed down into the soil.
- Cover the seeds up with the peat moss using the toothpick.
- Place the plastic lid that comes with your greenhouse kit on top and keep the container in a warm area. Place the chart on top of the lid.
- Once your seeds have sprouted and have a few leaves, you can remove the plastic lid permanently. Store the greenhouse in a sunny area.
- Transplant your plants once there isn't threat of a frost. Happy planting!
Make sure you aren't over watering your seeds, just make sure they are moist but not dripping.
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