How to grow quick-growing perennials from seed

Do it:

Mar, Apr, May

Takes just:

30 minutes

At its best:

Sep, Oct, Nov

Early spring is the ideal time to sow quick-growing perennials, to grow on for planting out later in the year. Follow our simple steps, below, to raise healthy seedlings with a strong root system.

You will need

A shallow tray

Seed compost

Seeds

Sandpaper

A large plastic pot

Advertisement

Fill a shallow tray with seed compost, and firm gently. Water the compost thoroughly and allow to drain. Scatter seed thinly over the surface. Don't forget to label the seed tray.

Sieve compost through a large plastic pot, covering your seeds with a fine layer of compost about 1cm deep, then place the seed tray in a warm, sunny spot.

Plants can take anything from two weeks to two months to germinate, so be patient and keep the compost moist by misting with water regularly. When seedlings are large enough to handle, pot them up in individual pots, ready to plant outside into their final growing positions.

Advertisement

Discover more ideas and inspiration

Related content

How to grow annual climbers from seed

How to take basal cuttings

How to sow tender cyclamen seeds

Related offers

Offer

Farmer Gracy 15% off begonia tubers

Save 15% on begonia

Save 15 per cent on entire range of begonia tubers. These colourful flowering plants are suitable for both indoor and outdoor planting. Buy now and your tubers will arrive in March 2018 ready for spring planting.

Use code: BBCGWBEG15

Order now

SAVE 10%

Save 10 per cent at Bloom & Wild

Save 10% at Bloom & Wild

Save 10 per cent on the entire range of flowers and gifts by post from Bloom & Wild. Designed to fit through letterboxes, these delightful parcels are perfect to send as Christmas gifts and include floral bouquets, gift sets and pre-decorated Christmas trees.

Use code: GARW10

Order now

Offer

Save £17 on hellebores

Enjoy reliable spring colour year after year with these gorgeous hellebores. Buy five plants for £11.99, or save over £17 when you buy the saver collection, including 10 of each, for just £29.99.

Order now