The Q&A Archives: Germinating Canterbury Bells Seeds

Question: Although the seed packet says to start Canterbury Bells outdoors in summer, is it okay to start them indoors and if so, what sort of conditions would be ideal for optimum germination and growth?

Answer: They need light to germinate, so sow them on the soil surface. They also do best with temperatures of about 70 degrees C. They may take up to 20 days to germinate. You can transplant them within about 4 weeks. Typically you wouldn't want to start seeds too early inside, because the seedlings become tall and leggy without sufficient sunlight. Canterbury bells is a biennial, so probably won't flower until the following year. Good luck!

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