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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)

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

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