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Seeds to Sow: Early March


Time to get started! In the Northern Hemisphere, the sowing season really begins in March, then reaches its peak in April. In early March, the choice of seeds you should be sowing is still quite limited… and the use of artificial lighting is still strongly recommended because the days are still short. After all, you don’t want weak, floppy seedlings do you?

Here’s a list of plants you should consider sowing soon!

Alternanthera (Alternanthera spp.)

Clematis (Clematis)

Climbing Snapdragon (Asarina, Lophospermum, Maurandya asarina)

Columbine (Aquilegia)

Dusty Miller (Senecio cineraria)

English Daisy (Bellis perennis)

Flowering Maple (Abutilon)

Goatsbeard (Aruncus)

Honeywort (Cerinthe major)

Houseleek or hen and chicks (Sempervivum)

Ivy Pelargonium (Pelargonium peltatum)

Knautia (Knautia)

Knotweed (perennials) (Persicaria and Polygonum)

Leek (Allium porrum)

Leopard’s Bane (Doronicum)

Madagascar periwinkle or vinca (Catharanthus roseus)

Mealy Sage (Salvia farinacea)

Penstemon (annual forms) (Penstemon hartwegii, P. x gloxinioides, etc.)

Red Valeriane (Centranthus rubra)

Silver Sage (Salvia argentea)

Toothache Plant (Acmella oleracea, syn. Spilanthes acmella)

Wax Begonia (Begonia x semperflorens-cultorum)

Zonal Pelargonium (Pelargonium x hortorum)

Garden writer and blogger, author of 65 gardening books, lecturer and communicator, the Laidback Gardener, Larry Hodgson, passed away in October 2022. Known for his great generosity, his thoroughness and his sense of humor, he reached several generations of amateur and professional gardeners over his 40-year career. Thanks to his son, Mathieu Hodgson, and a team of contributors, will continue its mission of demystifying gardening and making it more accessible to all.

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