Annual Manual - How To Grow Annual Flowers & Plants

Discovering Annuals, by Graham Rice

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Raising annuals indoors

From Bedding Plants

The majority of summer bedding plants are raised from seed early in the year. They may be half hardy annuals such as zinnias, hardy annuals such as alyssum or tender perennials such as zonal pelargoniums, which are treated as half hardy annuals. All are raised by sowing seed in warmth in early spring, growing on and then hardening off before planting out in beds and borders. Many bedding plants can be raised on a windowsill but a greenhouse and heated propagator will give them the best start.

The advantages of a greenhouse
Raising plants on a windowsill
Using a propagator or heated mat
Choosing pots and trays
Compost/Potting soil
Seed sowing technique
After sowing the seed
Pricking out the seedlings
Looking after seedlings
Planting out

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