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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!

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, laidbackgardener.blog will continue its mission of demystifying gardening and making it more accessible to all.

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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