Step 1: Sow Larger Seeds Individually in Each Pot
Sowing in small pots works well for larger seeds and where fewer plants
are required. Fill the pots with multipurpose or seed compost, firm
gently, and push the seed in to the correct planting depth. Label and
Step 2: The Seeds Germinate
Cover pots with clear plastic, or put in a propagator until the seeds
germinate. Thin seedlings to leave a single plant in each pot. Keep pots
moist and turn those on windowsills daily to stop plants growing toward
Step 3: Move Hardened Off Plants to Larger Home
Harden plants off gradually in a cold frame or put them outside during
the day and bring them inside at night. Plant them out into large pots
before the roots become restricted, and water well.
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Tender plants and half-hardy annuals and perennials are started indoors, since they need artificial warmth or frost-free conditions. The seeds of most hardy plants can be sown indoors, too, if you want closer control of their germination and early growth.