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How to raise cut flowers from seed


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 modular trays during spring, and the cut-flower 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


Fill a modular tray with seed compost, tap to settle, then level the surface. Where space is limited, you could sow in a small pot or tray.

Raise cut flowers from seed: sow 1-3 seeds per module


Sow one to three seeds per module, checking the seed packet for sowing depth. Moisten your fingers, to help pick up individual seeds.

Raise cut flowers from seed: top with vermiculite


Cover the seeds with vermiculite or seed compost, label the tray, then water well. Cover with a propagator lid or plastic film.

Raise cut flowers from seed: keep on a sunny windowsill


Keep the tray on a sunny windowsill or in a heated propagator until germination. Thin seedlings to leave one or two per module.

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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.



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

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