If you’ve been dreaming of colorful blooms and lush greenery in your garden this spring, then it’s time to get started with seed-starting! You don’t need to be an expert gardener – this beginner guide will walk you through the simple steps of sowing flower seeds.
First of all, you’ll need to gather the necessary equipment. Healthy soil is essential for growing your seeds into vibrant plants so make sure you get a good-quality potting mix or seed-sowing mix. But what’s the difference between these two? Potting mix is primarily used for container-grown plants, as it contains composted organic matter from bark and peat moss which will help to retain moisture. Seed-starting mix, on the other hand, is a soiless blend with no nutrients or fertilizers added, making it less nutrient-rich but lighter in texture which is ideal for sowing seeds and propagating cuttings. So make sure you get the right mix to give your seedlings the best start!
Next, you’ll also need a light source if you don’t have access to natural sunlight – grow lights are easy to find and will provide your seedlings with the light they need. Pay special attention to the lumen and light spectrum of your grow lights, as these are two important factors in plant growth. Lumens measure the intensity of light while the light spectrum helps plants photosynthesize by providing them with a mix of blue and red spectrum wavelengths. A lumen reading between 2000 – 4500 should be adequate lighting that will help your seedlings develop strong and healthy roots. This will ensure that you’re on the right track to happy and colorful blooms in a matter of weeks!
If your climate is chillier like ours is here on Vancouver Island, supplying some additional warmth might be necessary to achieve the perfect environment for seed-starting: around 70°F (21°C). Heat mats come in a variety of sizes and can maintain temperatures perfect for starting your seeds. There are of course exceptions to this average temperature so ensure you are checking your seed packet to see what temperature your seeds need.
The last thing you’ll need is patience! It takes days or weeks for seeds to sprout and turn into plants, but the end result will be worth the wait.
So, get ready to start your spring garden – with this guide in hand, you’ll be well on your way to growing beautiful flowers! If you would rather us grow your flowers for you sign up for our bouquet subscriptions and you can even tell your friends you grew them yourself – we promise we won’t tell.