growing floret flowers from seed

Like everyone else, we’ve been a bit obsessed with Floret Flowers for years. Reading Erin Benzakien’s gorgeous books, following her Instagram, dreaming of fields of flowers.

So when, Floret introduced their own seeds this year, I ordered right away.

A lifelong gardener, you might think I’d purchased a greenhouse before, but it was always on the wish list– like this one from Costco (you should watch the video– it’s dreamy). I have started seedlings in domed trays before, but they don’t do very well when we have snow all the way through may. So I decided this was the perfect time to buy a baby greenhouse and get serious about growing seedlings.

By the way, if you want to grow flowers from seeds without growing seedlings, I highly recommend sweet william, canterbury bells, zinnias, and cosmos. You can simply toss those seeds in the garden (in May in Utah, but whenever it warms up in your neck of the woods) and they will fill your garden with joy.

But you can’t grow dahlias from seed in Utah, without giving them a really good head start. And yes, you can buy dahlia tubers or plants at any garden store, but you can’t buy floret dahlias. And the cost of seeds cpmpared to plants makes up for the cost of the baby greenhouse the very first year.

I chose this little Ohuhu greenhouse on Amazon. I put it together in twelves minutes, it doesn’t require any tools, and it survived a pretty intense windstorm yesterday.

And I chose these domes, trays, cells, and heat mat as a set because I couldn’t find any other trays that fit the heat mats.

You’ll need seeds, seed starting potting mix, and vermiculite. I’m also starting tomatoes, delphiniums, forget-me-nots, hollyhocks, and lupine.

Mix the seed starting potting mix with water– just enough that it’s soggy and easy to put in the seed cells.

Use a chopstick to make a small hole for the seeds and drop in one or two per cell. Well I’ll let Fritzie show you:

We mostly did one seed per cell and four seed packets from Floret filled two 60-cell trays.

After you plant the seeds, spread a layer of vermiculite over the top. VermiculiteĀ helps to aerate soil while simultaneously retaining water and nutrients. To fill all four of my cell trays, I used two bags seed starting potting mix and one bag vermiculite.

FYI– seed starting potting mix is available everywhere for about $8, but you can’t buy vermiculite at Home Depot. You can find it at Ace Hardwarde or any specialty gardening store for about $10. It’s also available on Amazon. I would buy this off-brand that’s less than half the price of what I bought.

Be sure to put your baby greenhouse in a sunny, protected spot. After the windstorm and snowstorm yesterday, we weighed in down with bricks.

My yard looks like this today, but the little domes are still nice and warm and steamy so I should see some green pop up soon!

And if you possibly can, find a tiny helper to plant with you. Little one turn gardening into pure magic!

You’re definitely not too late to get started this year– I easily could have waited until the end of March. Happy planting! Happy growing! šŸŒø

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1 Comment

  1. Brayan Sawayn

    March 19, 2024

    Your blog brightens my day.

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