dahlias:pinkThere are a number of good reasons to start your plants from seed. Cost is certainly one of them, but choice could be the most important. Whether it is a particular tomato variety or color combo of annuals, even a certain perennial you are seeking, some times growing them from seed is the only way to get them.

Take dahlias for instance. Not many realize that they can be grown from seed. (order online from Renee’s Garden Seeds) Gardeners in the Deep South can start seeds in the fall and have blooms by summer. The same goes for hollyhocks and foxgloves.

Biennials such as hollyhocks and foxgloves can be grown in the Deep South by starting seeds in the fall for blooms come late spring. Biennials, as you may know, in moderate climates produce foliage their first summer and bloom their second. Then they set seed and die. However in the Deep South these plants cannot be grown by sowing seeds in the spring as is the traditional method because they often do not survive the heat of summer to return for a second summer. By starting the seeds in the fall, the plants have enough time to grow and then they’re “tricked” into thinking that is their first growing season. They’ll go dormant in the winter and then grow in the spring to bloom late in that season. No need to worry about cold protection for these plants in the winter as the cold is exactly what they need to flower. mix'd ffxglvs