Gardening

Another Advantage of Growing from Seed

Seed display in a garden center. Photo: jardinerie-toulousaine.fr

Hi,

I was just reading your article Why Bother Starting Seeds Indoors? and thought I would add an advantage to growing plants from seeds that you didn’t include.

When I first started growing plants of all kinds, I only did so by sowing seeds. I continued that way for many years. And I didn’t start having problems with insect pests (mealybugs, aphids, etc.) until I started buying plants in nurseries instead of buying seeds.

So, starting plants from seed helps prevent importing pests!

Thank you!

Patrick

And thank you, Patrick, for your comment, which hereby I’m sharing with my readers. 

You’re absolutely right: seeds in seed packets are naturally pest-free, a major plus for any gardener!

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. After studies at the University of Toronto and Laval University where he obtained his B.A. in modern languages in 1978, he succeeded in combining his language skills with his passion for gardening in a novel career as a garden writer and lecturer. 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 is a regular contributor to and horticultural consultant for Fleurs, Plantes, Jardins garden magazine and has written for many other garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening, Rebecca’s Garden 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 50 other titles in English and French. He can be seen in Quebec on French-language television and was notably a regular collaborator for 7 years on the TV shows Fleurs et Jardins and Salut Bonjour Weekend. He is the President of the Garden Writers Association Foundation and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. An avid proponent of garden tourism, he has lead garden tours throughout Canada and to the gardens of over 30 countries over the last 30 years. He presently resides in Quebec City, Quebec.

1 comment on “Another Advantage of Growing from Seed

  1. That is partly why I brought seed back from Oklahoma, rather than live plants. We already have enough problems with imported diseases and insects.

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