How to grow nicotiana from seed

Do it:

Mar, Apr

Takes just:

30 minutes

At its best:

Jun, Jul, Aug

For the price of a few packets of seed, half-hardy annuals, such as tobacco plant (Nicotiana), can be sown in March ready to flower in summer. Start your half-hardy annuals in the greenhouse or on a sunny windowsill, then acclimatise them to life outdoors before planting out in their final position.

You will need

Seed tray

Seed compost

Vermiculite

Propagator

7cm pots

Sieved multipurpose compost

Cold frame or patio

Advertisement

Fill a tray with seed compost, then sow a tiny pinch of seeds in each cell. Cover with a vermiculite, water and place the tray in a propagator in a warm spot such as a windowsill.

Once seeds have germinated, wait until two pairs of leaves form. Then, holding each seedling by its leaves and not its stem, transplant each one individually into a 7cm pot filled with sieved multipurpose compost.

Water seedlings well after transplanting and keep the pots in a warm, bright place. Avoid exposure to bright sunlight, which can scorch the young leaves.

When all risk of frost has passed, move the plants to a cold frame or patio, bringing them in at night. After a week you can plant them outside.

Advertisement

Discover more ideas and inspiration

Related content

How to grow annual flowers indoors

How to grow agapanthus from seed

How to sow sweet pea seeds

Related offers

Offer

Patio shrubs, plus free gift

Save £38 when you buy this collection of patio plants, including compact wisteria, philadelphus, and loropetalum, for just £21. You'll also receive 10 free giant freesia bulbs (worth £14.50) when you buy the collection.

Order now

SAVE 10%

Save 10%, plus free gift

Save 10 per cent across the entire gardening range at Primrose, including planters, water features, sail shades, plants and more. Plus you'll also receive a set of three wooden bird feeders with your order. Simply enter the discount code at checkout.

Use code: 10OFFGW

Order now

FREE P&P

Subscriber only content

Save on plants for shade

Enjoy free p&p, worth £4.95, on all plants for shade and groundcover at Sarah Raven. Simply enter the offer code at checkout to claim your discount.

Unlock now