If you’re itching to get started planting your garden full of spring flowers, you’re probably wondering if it would be better to buy plants from the store or grow your own starting from seeds. While buying young plants is convenient and quick, planting your own seeds is often much less expensive and can be a rewarding process. Here are some tips to help you achieve displays of romantic flowers that were started from seeds.

Benefits of Seeds

According to Garden.com, growing flowers from seeds is the cheapest way to populate your growing space. A packet of seeds generally costs a couple of dollars, depending on the variety, while buying a flat of plants from a retailer can cost much more. You’ll be able to use the money you saved to buy other decorations for your yard or ensure that your flowers have the best fertilizer possible. Another benefit of seeds is that you can often find greater variety. Commercially grown plants are limited by store, but you can pick up seeds from a variety of different places, like your family members, friends or online stores. “Seeds make it possible to grow heirloom plants and rare, unusual annuals and perennials that are not commercially available,” reports the news source. “The seeds from these plants can be harvested every year and shared to ensure the continued survival of these plants.”

How to Plant

To start growing your own seeds, Better Homes and Gardens Magazine recommends stocking up on egg cartons, plastic wrap, seeds and potting mix. You should begin planting about 6 to 8 weeks before the last potential frost, recommends FamilyFunShop.com. Punch holes in the bottom of the egg cartons for drainage, then fill them with soil. Follow the directions on the seed package to determine how to plant the seeds, then put a couple into each section of the egg carton. Label the varieties so you know what’s what, then water the soil so it’s moist but not washing out the seeds. Cover the cartons with plastic wrap, then transfer the containers to a draft-free spot in your home where the temperature is suitable to the types of flowers you’re growing. FamilyFunShop.com warns that you should never expose your seedlings to changing temperatures – especially cold ones. As soon as the seeds are germinated, take off the plastic wrap and move the containers into a sunny location. Remember to keep the soil moist. Once the seedlings have several leaves, transplant them into bigger containers (like plastic cell packs). After the last frost date, your seedlings will be ready for the outdoors.

Check out Personal Creations’ article on planting seeds in eggshells.