The Q&A Archives: Sowing Seeds Indoors To Get Annuals Started Early

Question: In Northern NJ, when should I start seeding my annuals indoors in peat pots? I'd like to try making hanging baskets with mixed annuals this spring, and to save money start the plants from seeds in my basement. There is plenty of natural light in my basement.

Answer: The length of time depends on what you are trying to grow, but a typical time frame might be eight weeks prior to the last average frost date for your area. The seed packets often include an indication of weeks for the specific plant in question. Although your basement may seem bright, most gardeners do find it necessary to add supplemental lighting on a timer for about sixteen hours a day in order to produce good quality, healthy seedlings indoors. You might keep an eye on your plants and consider that if they seem to be "leggy".

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