Learning to grow various types of flowers from seed has seen a great increase in popularity. Though many annual plants are available at local garden centers, growing from seed allows for greater selection and bountiful blooms at a relatively low cost. Exploring ideal flower seeds for fall planting is just one way to begin planning for spring and summer gardens next season.
Planting Flowers in Fall
In planning a flower garden, possible choices can greatly be impacted by weather. Knowing the difference between cool season and warm season blooms will be essential to success. Many choose to sow perennial plants in the fall, as this allows for a longer establishment period and accounts for any vernalization or stratification that may be needed for germination. This method is especially effective for those planting native wildflowers.
To begin planting flower seeds in autumn, become familiar with the cold hardiness of various flower types. Cool season annual flower types will all demonstrate varying degrees of cold hardiness and tolerance. Cold hardy annual flowers generally germinate in the fall and overwinter in the seedling stage.
Upon the arrival of spring, the plants resume growth and bloom before the heat of summer arrives. Fall planting flower seeds is most commonly done in regions with mild winter growing conditions, such as in the southern United States.
Whether sowing annuals or perennials, also consider ideal growing conditions for the planting space. Flower beds should be well-draining, weed-free, and receive ample sunlight. Before sowing, growers should ensure that planting areas are well amended and have been cleared of any plant debris.