The Q&A Archives: Seed Starting Indoors or Outdoors

Question: What is more successful, starting seeds indoors or outdoors?

Answer: That depends on many factors including type of plant, weather conditions, soil temperatures and so on. Some plants do very well sown directly into the ground, such as root crops like carrots and beets. Others are better off started indoors and then transplanted, such as tomatoes. Some need warm soil to germinate, others prefer cool soil. At this time of year in your area, indoors is best! In spring, when temperatures and the soil warms, outdoors will be fine. A good reference book that is usually available in stores and at libraries is the Seed Starter's Handbook. It will give you more specifics. Good luck!

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