Sowing out flowers

Garden Life
Goodbye winter! Hello spring! In March, our gardens truly come alive. New green shoots are everywhere, and colourful spring flowers brighten up the day. Enjoy the coming of spring! At the same time, remember to sow out your first flowers. We have gathered a few tips for your sowing activities.

English marigold (Calendula officinalis)

The English marigold is not just known for its healing properties, but is also used in many gardens as a particularly luxuriant decoration.
To sow: Preculture from the middle of March in a mini greenhouse; sow out directly where the flowers are to grow from the middle of April to the middle of June. Work them a little into the ground as the seeds are quite large. Germination temperature: 15 – 18°C. Germination duration: 10 – 14 days.

Garden amaranth (Amaranthus caudatus)

The garden amaranth is also known as love-lies-bleeding, pendant amaranth, foxtail amaranth or tassel flower, and belongs to the pseudocereals.
Sowing and cultivation under glass from the middle of February to the middle of April. Germination temperature 15 – 20°C. Germination duration: 10 – 20 days.

Garden violet (Viola odorata)

Garden violets are one of the first spring flowers. They are garden plants which require little attention and are happy in any soil. They are suitable as groundcover in dry and shady locations and spread easily in flower lawns.
To sow: August – March outside, expose the seed tray to frost (cold germinators)! Plant distance: 20 cm seed depth: Only press the seeds down well; cover them very thinly Germination duration: Very long, not until spring; flowering time: March – May

Sweet pea (Lathyrus odoratus)

The fragrant sweet pea (Lathyrus odoratus) is a plant variety from the Lathyrus genus in the legume (Fabaceae) family. It is a highly decorative plant, known for its delicate fragrance.
To sow: Sow in rows, cover with approx. 2 cm of soil, press down and keep moist. Requires deep soil in a sunny, protected location.

Common snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus)

Snapdragons have been an essential part of home gardens for centuries. This is hardly surprising, as the robust plants often flower right into the winter months, require no particular care and attention and are even self-sowing if their location is suitable.
Sow in trays or pots, do not cover with earth but simply press down and water carefully. Sowing is also possible directly where the plants are to grow. Snapdragons are cold germinators, and therefore require a cold phase after sowing. For this reason, it is best if you sow the seed outside in autumn. If you are sowing into pots in spring, put the pots into the vegetable compartment of your refrigerator for ten days.


Sundrops (Nemesia strumosa)

Sundrops, in all their beauty, are an enrichment for any flower garden – they grow best in sunny to half-shade locations in balcony boxes, hanging baskets and planters, and of course also in flower beds. If you are cultivating the plants yourself, they will flower in June. If the plant is cut back after the initial flowering period and fertilised correctly, it will produce new shoots and flower right into October. Sundrops do not like being waterlogged.
To sow: Place 2–3 seeds into small pots on the cultivation soil (in case of cultivation, put them in a cultivation station on the windowsill from the beginning of April) or plant them directly into loosened soil in a plant bed outside (from the beginning/middle of May). In both cases, do not cover the seeds with soil; simply press them down and keep them moist. At 20 degrees Celsius, the plants will germinate within two weeks.

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