A garden or balcony is not complete without some perennials that add color and aroma. We suggest that, instead of buying perennials at least, you consider the possibility of growing your own from perennial seeds.
Why from Perennial seeds?
The great advantage of growing from seed is that you can produce a large number of plants for very little money. So, considering the list of advantages of growing perennials from seed, it seems like a very good idea to do so. Seeds are inexpensive, and in a short time, you can produce a collection of plants that would cost a lot more money if bought at retail, which is great if you have a large garden, love to fill your house with plants or if you is on a tight budget. In addition, seeing them grow will be a great pride.
Adding that it is not very difficult, perennials need a bit of care at first, but they will give you years and years of joy, emerging every spring and delighting you with flowers summer after summer. Also, many perennials are self-propagating. The area in which they are grown expands over time, with very little intervention on your part.
Easy to grow perennials
Here’s a list of the easiest perennials to grow that even the novice can grow. We have added the hardiness zones to which they can best adapt.
You can read the 15 gardening tips for beginners
- Sow indoors in late winter or early spring.
- Cover the seeds very superficially with soil and wait for them to germinate. They take between 2 to 6 weeks if they are kept at a temperature of about 15 to 20 ° C.
- After germination, plant and grow gradually acclimatizing to outdoor conditions.
- Late sown seeds should overwinter under glass/cover.
- Aquilegias easily self-propagate, spreading wherever they have space.
- Composting is not necessary unless the soil is exceptionally poor. An aquilegia should not need tutoring, but if it is overpaid, it will start to fall.
- Sow from February to June or September to October.
- Sow on the universal substrate. Do not cover them, but press the seeds slightly inwards. Keep moist, but with good drainage-
- It is best to sow them in a transparent polyethylene bag at a temperature of 16-20 ° C.
- Germination usually takes 14 to 30 days.
- When they are large enough, you can leave them undercover and transplant them into individual pots of about 8 cm.
- Perhaps, from the list, these are the most difficult of the easy ones. But because of its low maintenance and beauty, we wanted to include it.
- It is best to sow it as soon as they are ripe in a cold plastic envelope. If you stratify them, they should be sown in March. Germination occurs from 1 to 6 months if it is kept at 15 ° c. Two weeks of hot stratification at 18 ° C followed by six weeks at 2 ° C can shorten germination time.
- When they are large enough to handle, transplant them into individual pots and let them continue to grow in a mini greenhouse during their first winter.
- Place them in their final location towards the last week of spring or early summer, always after the last expected frosts (if this is your case).
- Sow in early spring, early fall or late winter.
- Sow them on the chosen substrate and do not cover them. You just have to press them lightly into the ground.
- Keep the soil moist but not soggy. The ideal temperature for rapid germination is 15 to 20ºC.
- After germination, keep it at a lower temperature.