Have you tried starting perennials from seed? I often see the seeds for sale but I worry that it will take many years to grow an actual flower head or a decent sized plant. However, what I have learned is that there is a way to jump start perennials from seed so that they are large and established for the coming season.
Just like with vegetables, herbs, and annual flowers, you can speed up the maturity of the plant by starting the seeds indoors using light, heat, and humidity to mimic springtime/summertime growing conditions.
This guide covers everything you will need to know about seed starting. From what containers to use, to the best soil, plus heat, light, and humidity. There is information on how to start different kinds of seeds like heat-lovers and root veggies, as well as plans for making an indoor seed-starting shelf with lights.
The trick with perennials is to make sure that you are starting those who will bloom in 1-2 years when grown from seed. Otherwise, it’s better to buy a plant division or start it from a cutting. The benefit of starting the right perennials from seed, however, are many: to save money, to grow rare cultivars, and for fun. Overall, though, growing your own seeds from scratch means that you are certain what sort of soil, fertilizer, additives and growing conditions your plants have been subjected to.
Here are my favorite 14 perennials to start from seed:
- Delosperma cooperi
- Leucanthemum × superbum
- Linum lewisii
- Rudbeckia hirta
For more ways to save money in the garden, check out The Easy Way to Start a Garden from Scratch (that Won’t Break the Bank!)