Get Sowing

When have now entered the New Year and with that it brings the opportunity to plan your garden for the year. Get sowing! There are a number of seeds you can sow now that will produce flowers in spring and summer. Kick start the growing season now.

Early sowing Do’s and Don’ts

Do’s

  • Do use new compost- the best compost to use is free draining but yet holds enough moisture. Peat free compost would be ideal to use.
  • Do reserve a bright and warm windowsill for your seeds.
  • Do sow seeds even more thinly than usual. This gives the seeds space to grow
  • Do give germinating seeds loads of air by opening windows or vents
Using peat free compost is the best way to allow free drainage
Using peat free compost is the best way to allow free drainage

Leave your pots near a bight window so they have access to light
Leave your pots near a bight window so they have access to light

Don’ts

  • Don’t use too much heat- results are a bit slower but there’s less risk of legginess and more damping off
  • Don’t place the trays with your seeds in near drafts which can dry out the seeds.
  • Don’t forget to water, but don’t over water. Using a spray bottle is an easy way to water your seeds without over watering them
  • Don’t forget to check your seeds everyday

5 Seeds to plant during January

1. Delphinium

Add a pop of colour into your garden with delphinium. Image source: Jacques Gaimard Pixabay
Add a pop of colour into your garden with delphinium. Image source: Jacques Gaimard Pixabay

Sow thinly in trays of seed compost  with 1/3 vermiculite, barley cover with vermiculite. For the first here weeks keep the seedlings in the fridge. Then in a temperature range of 15-21 °c.
Germination takes roughly between 7-28 days. Delphinium flowers in June and July.

Delphiniums normally flower between June and July. Image source: Sue Rickhuss Pixabay
Delphiniums normally flower between June and July. Image source: Sue Rickhuss Pixabay

2. Dahlias

Sow 1-2 seeds in small pots and using seed compost with 1/3 vermiculite. Keep in a temperature range of 18-21°c. Germination can take up to 5-20 days.
Dahlias flower from July to October or November.

Dahlias are very eye catching and add a beautiful vibrant colour to a garden Image source: Blaque X Pexels
Dahlias are very eye catching and add a beautiful vibrant colour to a garden Image source: Blaque X Pexels

3. Petunias

Sow thinly on the surface in small trays of seed compost and with 1/3 filled with vermiculite. Lightly dust the vermiculite to barley cover.
Keep in temperatures ranging from 24-27°c. Keep somewhere the seedlings will get light to germinate. Germination will take 14 days.
Petunias flower late June to September.

Petunias are a great summer flower and look good in pots or hanging baskets. Image source: congerdesign Pixabay
Petunias are a great summer flower and look good in pots or hanging baskets. Image source: congerdesign Pixabay

4. Sweet Peas

Sow seeds 6cm deep in tubes or 7cm pots using seed compost and fill 1/3 with horticultural grit.
Keep in temperatures of 12°c in an unheated greenhouse or a cool place. Germination takes between 10-14 days.
Sweet peas flower May to August.

Sweet Pea is a beautiful climbing plant which would thrive in a larger garden Image source: Nowaja Pixabay
Sweet Pea is a beautiful climbing plant which would thrive in a larger garden. Image source: Nowaja Pixabay

5. Basil

Sow thinly on the surface of pots or trays filled with seed compost and cover with vermiculite.
Keep in temperatures ranging from 15-25°c. Germination takes up to 14-21 days depending on the temperature.
Harvest Basil from May until October.

Mix it up and plant some herbs this year. Image source: Crepessuzette Pixabay
Mix it up and plant some herbs this year. Image source: Crepessuzette Pixabay

We’re here to help

If you need any help with picking out the right seeds for you or and questions about sowing seeds talk to any of our horticulturists in store. We’d love to help.