Seed: sowing indoors

Ideal for seeds that need warmth to germinate and grow, such as tender and half-hardy flowers and vegetables, sowing indoors allows you to get plants off to an early start and give them the protection they need

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Sowing seed indoors. Credit: Tim Sandall / RHS

Quick facts

Suitable for: Annuals, bedding plants, vegetables, tender perennials
Timing: Usually spring
Difficulty: Moderate

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