Plant Seeds At The Right Depth

Knowing how deep to plant will help increase germination rates.

June 27, 2011
As a rule, seeds should not be buried any deeper than their diameter. Forget the quarter-inch planting depths you see on many seed packets. That's too deep for all but the biggest seeds, such as peas and beans. Some seeds even need light to germinate—don't bury those at all. 
Cover These Seeds
  • Beets 
  • Broccoli 
  • Cabbage 
  • Cauliflower 
  • Celery 
  • Chard 
  • Cucumbers 
  • Melons 
  • Onions 
  • Parsley 
  • Peas 
  • Radishes 
  • Spinach 
Sow These Seeds On Top Of The Soil
  • Ageratum 
  • Astilbe 
  • Balloon flower 
  • Cleome 
  • Coleus 
  • Coreopsis 
  • Dill 
  • Impatiens 
  • Lettuce 
  • Mexican sunflower (aka tithonia) 
  • Ornamental peppers 
  • Petunias 
  • Savory 
  • Shasta daisy 
  • Snapdragon 
  • Strawflower 
  • Stock 
  • Sweet alyssum 
  • Yarrow 



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