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The Best Perennials to Start from Seed for Your Region


Home gardeners often assume that growing perennials from seeds is more difficult than sowing annual flowers or vegetables. In fact, it’s as easy to grow a primrose as it is to germinate that bean in a mug in elementary school. Given the many benefits of starting perennials from seeds, it seems silly not to do so. Seeds are economical and in a short amount of time you can produce homes of plants that would cost hundreds of dollars to buy. This is ideal if you have a large or new garden, or are on a tight budget. Many plants have to be grown from seeds because they are otherwise unavailable or otherwise difficult to propagate and seedlings often establish better than large plants. I am more adventurous and less inclined to regret plant losses when I know I have an inexpensive, ready-made source. Abundant supply also means that plants are left over and must be divided.

Are you ready to grow your own plants from seeds? How to grow perennials from seeds and what are the best plants for beginners First of all, avoid the mistake that gardeners grow seedlings. Seeds want to grow, and as a propagator, you just let them start and avoid them. Success follows when you approximate as closely as possible the conditions that the seed would naturally encounter. For example, do not plant the seeds indoors, but in pots outdoors and let the natural freeze-thaw cycles work their magic. See more of 10 perennials easily grown from seeds.

Below are some of the best perennials to grow from seed for your area.

  • Southeast regional reports

  • Lovage

    Northeast regional reports

  • Northern California regional reports

  • Regional reports of the northern plains

  • Summer sorbet mullein

    Regional reports of the southern plains



Robert Dunfee