How Deep Should You Plant Seeds?

February 9, 2018
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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. Follow this handy list for the best results:

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