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Seeds to Sow: Early March

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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 more than 60 gardening books, the laidback gardener, Larry Hodgson, lives and gardens in Quebec City, Canada. The Laidback Gardener blog offers more than 2,500 articles to passionate home gardeners, always with the goal of demystifying gardening and making it easier for even novice gardeners. If you have a gardening question, enter it in Search: the answer is probably already there!

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