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How to raise cut flowers from seed

Overview

Cut flowers really brighten up a home, and growing your own can save you a fortune on floristry bills. There are plenty of varieties suitable for cutting, including ‘everlasting’ flowers, which can be cut and dried to use in arrangements all year round. Also, many attract bees, butterflies and other insects, providing a valuable resource for our native wildlife.

Raise cut flowers from seed in small pots or trays during spring, and the plants will be ready to plant out in May. Use them to fill gaps in summer borders or grow larger quantities in rows on the allotment or veg plot. Stagger sowings by a few weeks to give you a regular supply of blooms.

Many of the best summer blooms are easy-to-grow hardy annuals and, with seeds costing less than £2 per packet, you can enjoy a mass of colour even on a tight budget.

Cut flowers that are easy to grow from seed include Ammi, Antirrhinum, cosmos, larkspur, Nigella, scabious, sunflowers and zinnia. For flowers to dry, consider quaking grass, sea lavender, strawflower and Rhodanthe.


How to do it

1

Fill a pot or seed tray with seed compost, and tamp it down. 


2

Sow seed sparingly, following the instructions on the seed packet for sowing depth. Moisten your fingers to help pick up individual seeds.


3

Cover the seeds with vermiculite or horticultural grit, and label the tray. 


4

Stand the tray in a shallow dish of water so the compost saturates without disturbing the seed. Allow to drain and then keep the tray on a sunny windowsill or in a heated propagator until germination. 




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mary mitchell 02/03/2014 at 20:26

hi can you make a spot in a bed and use it like a giant tray covering with fleece till the seelings take.

thanks

mary

fidgetbones 02/03/2014 at 20:44

You can make a seed bed in the ground and then transplant or thin, but this only really works for hardy annuals. Sowing in a tray in a propagator means that the seedlings are less likely to be eaten by slugs, scratched up by cats, pulled up by birds etc. Also half hardy or tender annuals need to have more heat to germinate and be protected from frost.

Dovefromabove 03/03/2014 at 07:05

This might be of help http://www.sarahraven.com/shop/seeds/flower-seeds.html