What to Plant for Spring
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Growing annuals and perennials from seed is easy and rewarding, and an inexpensive way to grow more flowers.
Sow seeds in late summer and early fall. Annuals, such as calendula and stock, bloom in the fall. Others, like larkspur, California poppy, and alyssum, will germinate but need a period of cooler weather to bloom in late winter and early spring.
In the Garden Center, look for wildflower mixes formulated with fertilizer and combined with a growing medium for easy planting.
Perennials such as ornamental allium, penstemon and lupine also need the head start of fall planting to take off in spring.
Water with a light mist after planting.
Water the seedbed daily, keeping it moist, until seeds have germinated. Then water every other day. Once plants are 4-6 inches tall, they need one inch of water per week.