Five Flowers That Anyone Can Grow From Seed

Written by Jennifer Charlotte   Date Posted: 17 July 2017 

Flowers are fun and lively space brighteners. Gardens look much more appealing with some color and life, but many people worry that they can't grow flowers because they don't know anything about gardening. General knowledge of gardening isn't a prerequisite for having flowers in your yard, though. There are some flowers that anyone can grow. Several flowers are so easy to grow that all you have to do is plant the seeds and water them.

 

Sunflowers

Everyone is familiar with the big, yellow bloom of a classic sunflower. They make a fantastic addition to any backyard or garden. Whether you plant the tall type that typically produces a single bloom or the branching type that produces several blooms, these popular flowers are easy to grow.
 
Sunflowers grow best in full sun. Plant the seeds 10mm deep and 20cm apart in early spring or after the lasts frosts of the season. Keep the soil moist, but not overly wet. Sprouts should start to show in 7-12 days. After your new flowers have sprouted, continue to keep the ground moist. Sunflowers are fairly drought tolerant but will have larger blooms if watered regularly.

 

Marigolds

Marigolds add pops of fiery color to yards all over the country. They come in many shades of yellow, orange, red, and combinations thereof. The best thing about marigolds is how quickly they usually sprout. This makes them the perfect plant for the kind of person who wants to see results quickly.

Marigolds are another flower that prefers full sun. As a bonus, they are tolerant of extreme heat. Loosen up the soil with a spade, moisten it, and drop marigold seeds about one inch apart on top. Cover the seeds lightly with soil and tap it down a bit. Seedlings should start to show themselves within a matter of a few days if the temperatures are warm. Keep the soil moist.

 

Cosmos

Cosmos are great because they will grow in soil of almost any quality. Even in the worst dirt, cosmos seem to survive. If the soil is particularly sandy, you may have to water a little more often. There is a large selection of colors to choose from, and cosmos often come in packets of assorted colors for those who can't decide.

Plant cosmos seeds about 6mm deep and 30cm apart in moist soil. They like to be in areas that get full sun. Don't plant cosmos until all chance of frsots has passed. If you live in a particularly hot and dry region, cosmos do well with partial shade. Cover the seeded area with some sort of shading material until sprouts appear if you live in such a climate. Cosmos seeds take about two weeks to sprout.

 

Zinnias

Zinnias come in a wider variety of colors than any of the flowers mentioned here. Bright red, muted peach, vibrant purple, sunny orange, and lime green are only a few of the colors available. Zinnias are also extremely drought tolerant flowers. Blooms may be small if not watered regularly, but zinnias can often survive on summer rain, alone. Blooms get quite large when the dirt is kept moist.

Plant zinnias in loosened, moist soil anytime after there is no longer a possibility of frost. Cover them very loosely with no more than 6mm of soil because zinnias require light for the seeds to germinate. Expect sprouts quickly as they should appear in 4-7 days. Zinnias will often bloom until late autumn.

 

Nasturtiums

One of the great things about nasturtiums is that they do not need particularly fertile soil. In fact, they produce more blooms in poor soil. These flowers bloom in a range of warm colors. They can grow from 15-60cm tall, depending on spacing. If you plant the seeds closer together (~25cm), the plants will stay short and make good bedding plants. If you plant them further apart (~50cm), the plants will grow much taller and make for good trellising plants. As an interesting bonus, nasturtium helps to control pests naturally.

Plant nasturtium seeds approximately 12mm deep and 40cm apart in full sun to partial sun. If you live in a very hot climate, nasturtiums appreciate some afternoon shade. The seeds will germinate more reliably if they have been soaked in warm water for no more than 24 hours immediately prior to planting. Water the newly planted seeds thoroughly. Sprouts should be seen within 7-10 days.

 

There is no reason you can't have flowers in your yard or garden when there are varieties that are so easy to grow. Don't be intimidated. Having flowers can be as easy as planting seeds and watering them. With a few dollars and a little bit of time, you could have flowers blooming all over the place this summer.

 

Browse our seeds:

Sunflower seeds

Marigold seeds

Cosmos seeds

Zinnia seeds

Nasturtium seeds

All Flower seeds

Recent blog posts:


Newspaper Pots - Thrifty, Sustainable Seed Sowing

Author: Jennifer Charlotte   Date Posted: 14 December 2018 

Making your own eco-friendly pots using old newspaper is quick, thrifty, and easy. This article details the method.

Read more


Should I Prune My Tomatoes?

Author: Jennifer Charlotte   Date Posted: 30 November 2018 

Is pruning tomato plants really necessary? Pruning certainly has its benefits, but also its fair share of drawbacks. This article sets out what you need to know to make your decision.

Read more


How to Make Zucchini Noodles: Healthy, Tasty, and a Great Way to Deal with a Glut

Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 27 November 2018 

Modern diets are often overloaded on starchy carbohydrates. However, cutting down on carbs doesn't need to mean missing out on your favourite pasta & noodle dishes. This article explains how to turn your zucchinis into a healthy, tasty noodle replacement.

Read more


Why You Should Grow Basil - True Royalty Among Herbs

Author: Jennifer Charlotte   Date Posted: 21 November 2018 

The quality of fresh, home-grown basil is a class above anything you can buy in a store, and it's not hard to grow it yourself. This article describes why basil is such a special herb, and gives advice on how to both grow it and use it in the kitchen.

Read more


How to Make Herbal Ice Cubes to Preserve Your Fresh Herb Harvest

Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 14 November 2018 

Many techniques can be used to preserve your herb harvest for year-round use, but the ice cube method is perhaps the quickest & easiest. This article explains what makes it such a useful technique, which herbs it suits best, & how to do it successfully.

Read more


View all blog posts