February is the ideal time to start flower seeds indoors so you can enjoy earlier blooms this growing season. By starting seeds every two weeks (succession planting) you will be able to extend the floral blooming season and enjoy colorful blooms from early spring until late fall/autumn.
The soil in most climates is still too cold to sow flower seeds directly into outdoor soil this month but you can get a jump start on the growing season by starting plant seeds indoors.
What flower seeds should I sow in February? Try growing some of these 5 easy-care flowers that can be sown in February. Use bio-degradable containers that can be planted directly into outdoor soil or larger containers as soon as the weather warms up.
Bachelor’s Button (Centaurea cyanus)
Plant seeds 1/4 deep in compost-rich potting soil. Place seed container in a warm, sunny location and keep soil moist. Bachelor’s button hates cold weather and does best in hot temperatures, so don’t be in a hurry to transplant outdoors.
Sprinkle cosmos seeds directly on top of soil, spritz with water and place seed container in a sunny location. Cosmos seeds need light to germinate. Plant in-ground or grow in containers after all danger of frost has passed.
This colorful flower will re-seed itself if you leave some of the spent flower heads on the plants at the end of the season. Do not disturb the soil during the winter or in spring. When the soil warms up in spring, the flower seeds will germinate and new cosmos plant will spring up.
Salvia (Salvia officinalis)
This flower produces tall spikes of bright red or purple blooms. Sprinkle salvia seeds on top of potting soil and gently press them so they will be in complete contact with potting soil. Do not cover. Place seed container in a warm, sunny location and keep soil moist.
Transplant outdoors after all danger of frost has passed.
Sweet Pea (Lathyrus odoratus)
Delicate-looking fragrant flower that will produce white, pink, or purple columns of blooms all summer.
Place sweet pea seeds on a damp paper towel, fold towel to cover seeds, then place into an airtight plastic bag until the swell or sprout.
Plant 1-inch (2.5 cm) deep on compost-rich potting soil and water well. Sweet peas grow best in a sunny location.
Sprinkle viola seeds on top of potting soil, then cover with 1/4 inch (0.6 cm) of compost or potting soil. Viola seeds must be kept in the dark and kept moist to germinate. These small purple flowers can tolerate light frost and area great addition to a spring flower bed.