10 Easy Seeds To Start Indoors

Starting seeds indoors is a lot of fun and even educational. There are many methods for starting seeds indoors – and a slew of seeds to choose from. Over the years however there are ten seeds that stand out as super easy to germinate and grow indoors under lights. However, do not be discouraged by not having grow lights – there is another way to start seeds indoors without them becoming leggy or needing grow lights however it does mean you have to wait a little longer before you sow those seeds.

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For those who have years of seed starting experience, most seeds are easy to germinate and grow indoors, however for beginning gardeners, here are 10 seeds that are not only super easy to germinate but easy to grow indoors.

Tomatoes

10 easy seeds to start indoors

Tomato seed is one of the easiest and fastest seeds to germinate. Tomatoes germinate best at warmer temperatures. The average germination time for tomato seeds is 3 to 14 days. Start tomato seeds indoors 6 to 8 weeks before the estimated date of the last spring frost in your area. I find the paper towel germination method is best for starting tomatoes.

Peppers

Beautiful Peppers in a Landscape Border
Beautiful Peppers in a Landscape Border

The oil that remains on pepper seeds is called capsicum and can burn your skin so it is best to wear gloves when handling these seeds – and always wash your hands afterwards as a safety precaution. The average time of germination is 10 to 14 days. Plant direct sown seeds ¼ inch deep, however this is another seed I prefer to germinate using the paper towel germination method.

Lettuce

Beautiful lettuce basket that can be grown on your picnic table!
Beautiful lettuce basket that can be grown on your picnic table!

Lettuce seeds is best sown directly on the soil surface and takes 7 to 10 days to germinate. Be sure to sow the seeds every two weeks for a continual harvest.

Cabbage

Cabbage
Cabbage growing in my Dome this February 2016

Cabbage seeds germinate in 5 to 7 days. Plant direct sown seeds ½ inch deep. This is another seed that I use the paper towel germination method for when I start the seeds indoors.

Basil

basil
basil

Basil seeds require light to germinate so direct sow these on the surface of your seed starting soil mix. The best soil temperature for germination of basil seed is 50 degrees Fahrenheit. The seed germination times vary greatly and can take anywhere from 5 days up to 42 days.

Marigolds

Marigolds
Marigolds

Plant marigold seeds on the soil surface with a little bit of the black tip of the seed inserted into the soil. Always water marigold seedlings from below because they are susceptible to dampening off. The average germination time is 4 to 14 days.

Calendula

Calendula seed requires darkness to germinate and this is why I prefer using the paper towel germination method for starting these seeds. They also prefer soil temperatures around 70 degrees, so indoors using a heat mat is best if you plan to direct sow these seeds in your seed starting flats. For those who do direct sow them, plant them ¼ inch deep. The average germination time is 6 to 14 days.

Snapdragon

veggie trials
This image was taken at a veggie trials garden this past summer.

These seeds require both light and cool temperatures to germinate which makes them ideal for winter seed sowing – or for those of you without grow lights. Sprinkle a thin layer of vermiculite over the top of your seed starting mix. Sow the seeds directly on top of the vermiculite and always water from below so the seedlings do not dampen off. The average germination time is 10 to 21 days.

Celosia

Image from : Burpee Seed
Image from : Burpee Seed

Direct sow these seeds on the surface of your seed starting mix. They need light to germinate. The average germination time is 6 to 14 days.

Dianthus

Dianthias
Image from : Burpee Seed

Sow the seeds on the soil surface and barely cover with either vermiculite or a seed starting mix. These seeds germinate best when the soil temperature is between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. The average germination time is 10 to 21 days.

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The paper towel germination method is the way I prefer to start seeds and the way that I have had the most success. It does take a little more time and some patience when it is time to transplant the germinated seedlings. It is essential that you do not accidently break off the


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