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Seed Starting - The Basics of Growing Plants from Seed

Starting plants from seed gives you a huge selection of plant varieties to choose from. Seed starting is easy and doesn't require much more than soil, seeds and patience.

How Long Do Vegetable Seeds Last?
Seeds are very much alive, but they don't remain so forever. Here's a handy chart of how long different seeds last.

What are Cotyledons, Monocots and Dicots?
Plants are classified as monocots or dicots, based on the number of cotyledons, or seed leaves, they develop in their embryo.

Starting Tomato Plants from Seed
Tips for growing tomatoes from seed and transplanting them into the garden.

Scarify Seeds
Seeds with tough, hard coatings need a little extra effort to get them to germinate. You can let nature take care of this for you, or you can try these two techniques.

Startificiation - Fooling Seeds into Thinking It's Winter.
Stratification is a means of simulating the chilling and warming that seeds would endure if left outdoors in their native climate, for the winter.

3 Quick Tips for Starting Plants from Seeds
Three tips for getting seeds to germinate and starting plants from seed.

What is Direct Seeding or Direct Sowing?

True to Seed
Some seeds do not grow true. Ever wonder what that means? Read on and I'll tell you.

Seeds for winter sowing.
Winter sowing is a way to sow seeds in containers, outdoors in the winter, to germinate in the early spring. Winter sowing is an easy way to start seeds.

Seeds that Need Light for Good Germination
Some plant seeds germinate better if they are not covered in soil, but left exposed to light. Here are some tips for success with seeds that need light.

When and How Should Seedlings Be Fed?
Seedlings do not need fertilizer until their first true leaves appear. Then follow these tips on when and how much to feed your seedlings.

Growing Perennial Flowers from Seed
Tips for growing perennial flowers from seed,an easy, inexpensive way to grow more perennials.

10 Perennial Flowers to Start from Seed
Starting perennial flowers from seed is no more difficult than any seed starting . True, they often take a year to become established, before blooming. But there are ways around that. And starting perennial flowers from seed is a great way to fill out your garden without breaking your budget. Here are 10 perennials that are easily grown from...

What are Seed Potatoes
Seed potatoes aren't seeds at all. They are pieces of potato. Here's how to prepare and plant them.

Mother Plant - What Does a Mother Plant Refer to When You're Taking Cuttings?
What is a mother plant and what do you do with it when you make plant cuttings?

Keeping Cats Off of Newly Planted Seeds
Cats love to dig and newly planted seed beds are soft and inviting to cats. Here's a tip for keeping cats off your newly sown seed.

Planting Carrot Seeds
Carrots take a long time to germinate and the tiny carrot seeds need loose soil to be able to break through and grow. Here's a tip for planting carrot seeds successfully.

Testing Old Seeds - How to Test if Older Seed is Still Good
Do you need to throw away seeds from last year? That depends. Here's an easy way to test old seed, to see if it will still grow.

Seed Starting FAQ
Starting plants from seed is a great, inexpensive way to get exactly the plant varieties you want to grow. Seed starting indoors requires the same basic elements as growing plants outdoors. . Maintaining seedling indoors will take a bit more diligence though, since you can’t rely on rain and sun to do the work for you, and your...

Plant Lights for Starting Seeds and Growing Plants Indoors
Starting seeds indoors usually requires some type of supplemental plant lighting. Your choice of plant lights depends on how many seedlings you are starting. Choices range from single lamp bulbs on up to 1000 watt high intensity lights. Follow these guidelines to choose which plant light system is right for you.

Seed Starting - How to Successfully Start Plants from Seed
Starting plants from seed isn't rocket science, but there are several seed starting tips that will help your success rate with seed germination and give your seedlings a healthy start.

When to Start Seeds - Growing Your Own Plants from Seed
Growing plants from seed is an easy, inexpensive way to get more plants. The hard part is often knowing when to start the seeds. Here are a few easy tips to get you on the right track for seed starting.

Seed Exchanges - Swapping Seeds with Like Minded Gardeners
Whether you have seeds to trade or a seed wish list that's gone unfulfilled, these Seed Exchanges are worth a look.

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