It will be January before we know it and many of us will be starting to think about starting some seeds indoors. Growing annuals from seeds is a fair amount of work and it sure is nice to have success for your efforts. Certainly makes for a lot more fun.
If you are relatively new to growing seeds indoors I recommend trying those plants which are generally easier to germinate. Many annuals fall into this category and can be started without the need for fancy equipment or elaborate set ups. I gathered up some of the easy annuals that I have grown from seed with good success rates. Some of these are best transplanted right into the garden beds while others work well in container plantings come spring.
Easiest Garden Annuals to start from Seeds Indoors:
Nicotiana (flowering tobacco), should be grown about 8 weeks before your last frost and will sprout within a week. An easy care plant, not needing dead heading or staking.
Nasturtium is a great plant for containers or for cascading over a wall. They make excellent cut flowers and are covered with sweetly scented flowers.
Marigolds are suitable for both garden beds and containers. Very appealing with their sunny shades of gold, orange, red and yellow. Transplant out after the last spring frost. Dead heading will encourage blooming.
Zinnia love the sunny border. Seeds can be started 6 weeks early and care should be taken when transplanting, watering both before and after. Dead head the faded flowers.
Alyssum (mad wort), is a wonderful ground cover and container plant. Alyssum sprouts within a few days and blooms about six weeks after sowing. Honey scented flowers will bloom in both sun and shade conditions.
Cosmos can be started indoors six weeks early and transplanted about 8 inches apart in a sunny location. Best to deadhead blooms to avoid the plant from going to seed.
Cleome (spider Flower) is the perfect cottage garden plant. Bearing spikes of fragrant flowers cleome will usually self seed itself the following season.
Coleus has multicored foliage and prefers a shadier location out of the direct hot sun. Gently pat the seeds into the soil as they require light to germinate.
Salvia is a great pollinator plant and also a very showy annual. Pinch transplants when you set them out to encourage compact, multi-branched plants.
You can start your seeds in just about any container that will hold dirt, and a sunny window sill can work very well.
(some photos are from Pixabay)