6 trendy seasonal plants that are best grown from seeds
The assortment of seasonal plants expands every year. But the price of finished seedlings from the best garden centers is growing rapidly. And the more unusual the plant, the more you have to pay for it. Moreover, the trend today is cultures that are characterized by just extravagance and non-standard features. Many seasonal flowers do not look like competitors of petunias, but as full-fledged substitutes for perennials. If you want to save on the purchase of original plants, which in spite of all their beauty will “last” you only one season, grow them from seeds.
New trends among annual stars
The desire for unusual forms and innovative solutions is the main fashion trend of recent years in landscape design. Familiar petunias, lobelia, marigolds and verbena - these, of course, are never out of fashion plants. But if you want to keep up with trends, it is better to look for options that are more extravagant. At the peak of popularity, pilots looking original, wild or “perennial”. The favorites of recent seasons can be safely attributed:
- heliotrope Peruvian;
- ash cross;
- powdery sage;
- matthiol gray;
- Purslane large-flowered;
- gubastik hybrid.
Seed propagation is the preferred option for most annuals and biennials. Only a few units of non-resistant, plentifully flowering crops can be obtained by cuttings. And the main stars from among the fashionable seasonal decorations just belong to cultures that simply grow from the seeds yourself. After all, the price of seedlings of such stars can “bite”. If you grow them yourself, you can choose outlandish colors and characteristics of the variety to your taste: the choice of seeds is always more than the choice of ready seedlings.
Choosing the “Right” Seeds
When purchasing seeds of fashionable plants, pay attention to the information provided by the manufacturer. To get started, try to choose only the brands and enterprises you know that you have already seen the seeds of. The more fashionable the plant, the greater the risk of buying low-quality seeds. In the case of the “pursuit” of garden fashion, you must check:
- expiration date and date of collection of seeds;
- availability of information on compliance with GOST;
- batch number;
- an accurate indication of the weight or number of seeds;
- completeness of information about the manufacturer, including contact information;
- description of the plant variety, its height, color, other features;
- basic information about the timing of sowing and planting;
- information about the distance when planting, the depth of sowing, about other "agricultural" moments.
By carefully choosing the seeds, you can easily grow any of the six most fashionable seasonal plants of recent years. Indeed, with all its non-standard and originality, these cultures are still unpretentious and “obedient”. Caring for them after planting in soil or containers is standard:
- for plants that prefer poor soils, such as purslane, feeding is not carried out, and all care is reduced only to watering;
- For those who prefer fertile soils, crops are fed regularly (at least 2-3 per season - in open ground, and every 10-14 days - for potted plants).
Let's get to know better the stars of modern design and the specifics of their seeding.
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