Growing flowers from seeds requires TLC.
Not enough water or too much, they waste away, to hot or cold requieres the temperature to be regulated.
This isn’t difficult to do, anyone can start flowers in their home, just be mindful about the commitment requiered.
Heat and light are key to ensure success when growing your seeds.
My set up is located in one of the main entrances to our home, the mudroom, which leads directly into the family room.
The room nor the windows are insulated, and so it is cold during the winter. The light however, is bright and happy. To warm the space up I purchased a little plug in heater at Home Depot and it keeps the temperature toasty.
It is critical to keep the seedlings warm from underneath as well, and so I recommend that you purchase a growers mat. I bought mine through Amazon and placed it underneath the pots to keep them warm.
Little plants need warmth to ensure germination.
Now kick back and watch TV
Every night while my husband watches TV in the adjacent family room, I love going into this little sanctuary to maintain my plants.
Watering and rotating them while checking to see that they are growing optimally gives me JOY.
I use “Sun Blaster” lights. Don’t be fooled thinking your window will provide enough light during the day. The fact is seedling require a constant light source into the evening to insure hearty growth.I purchased mine from my local nursery but Amazon sells them too.
I attached the longest light by screwing it directly onto the underside of a vintage flower stand I bought on one of my trip to a flower design class
( I am a sucker for anything vintage.)
The others were screwed onto individual 2 x 4 planks with about a foot left on each end so I can easily move them to accommodate new set ups.
I rest mine on two shoe boxes; they give me just the right distance overhead to ensure good lighting on the pots.
The good thing about this setup is that it works in my space. Stay loosey-goosey and jimmy rig a system that works for you.
I predict that as gardners if we grow beautiful flowers that local florist can use, home gardening can become a nice home business.