Seed Planting Instructions

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seed planting instructionsSeed Planting Instructions – Vegetables, Flowers and Sprouting Seeds

Seed Planting Instructions – We used to mail out seed planting instructions, nicely printed in color, with each seed order, however, lately we’ve been doing everything we can to cut costs so that we do not have to pass along to you the rise in prices due to higher fuel and commodity costs.  One way we’ve been able to do this is to stop shipping physical seed planting instructions with our seeds, and to direct you, via the product label, to this Seed Planting Instructions page.  If you ever get a shipment of seeds that does not have the planting instructions listed here, please use the Contact Us page to let us know and we’ll email them to you or get them posted here.

Seed Planting Instructions – Easy to Use PDF Files

We want to thank all of our loyal customers for your patience and understanding while we make this transition from printed seed planting instructions to web-based Seed Planting Instructions.

SEED PLANTING INSTRUCTIONS (Click to open PDF File in new window – Adobe Acrobat Reader (free program) Required for viewing):


Acorn Squash






Basil, Italian Large Leaf

Basil, Thai


Black Eyed Susan

Bok Choy


Broccoli Sprouts in Soil

Brussels Sprouts

Bulbs, Crocus

Bulbs, Daffodil

Bulbs, All Flower Bulbs

Bulbs, Tulip – Queen of the Night

Bunching Onions

Bush Beans, Blue Lake

Cabbage, Red




Chamomile, German

Cherry Tomatoes



Clover, all types – Sprouting

Collard Greens

Corn, Sweet

Crackjack Marigolds


Crimson Clover as Cover Crop

Crocus Bulbs


Daffodil Bulbs

Dames Rockets



Dutch Master Daffodil Bulbs



Gourd Seeds (all types)


Lavender, Vera


Lemon Balm

Lemon Grass

Lettuce, Iceberg

Lettuce, Romaine


Morning Glory

Mung Bean



Narcissius, Paperwhite



Onion, Red

Oregano, Greek

Pak Choi

Paperwhite Bulbs




Pepper, Jalapeno


Pepper, California Wonder

Purple Coneflowers

Pumpkin (all kInds)

Queen of the Night Tulip Bulbs


Radish, Daikon

Radish, Sprouting




Squash, Black Beauty

Squash, Tatume

Sunflower Seeds, All Types

Swiss Chard


Tomato, Roma



Walla Walla Onions


Wheat – Growing for Grain




Well, we hope you’ve enjoyed our collection of Seed Planting Instructions.  This page is continually updated as we get around to posting additional Seed Planting Instructions.

56 comments for “Seed Planting Instructions

  1. August 29, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    I recently purchased and read via the envelop my seeds came to me that you would have instructions on line. I then read I needed to email you my request. I need instruction on Bachelor Button polka Dot Mix, Dames Roocket,and wild flowr low growing and butterfly mix. I am new to this but I am optimistic. I thank you for any help, you can provide.

  2. John Doughty
    September 2, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    instructions for “organic purple coneflower seeds”
    and “blue flax perenial”

  3. September 7, 2011 at 8:06 am

    I just received a packet of your clover seeds and can’t find the planting instructions on this list. Please help!

    • Todd
      September 7, 2011 at 8:54 am

      If you are going to sprout the clover, you can use this link to Sprouting Instructions. If you are planting in a field for forage, let us know.

      • April 22, 2012 at 8:55 pm

        I bought a package of crimson clover that I want to mix in with some grass seed that I just planted on my front lawn two weeks ago. The lawn is about 12′ x 12′. How much seed do you think I should mix in, and how should I go about planting it? Should I soak them first? Do I need to poke each seed in a 1/2 inch, or can I just throw them around out there, or what?

        • May 16, 2012 at 10:32 am

          First, so sorry it took so long to respond, the system was not notifying me of new comments and now I see I am hopelessly behind.

          To answer your question, you’re going to want about a couple of ounces of seed for that area, and yes, you can simply broadcast it about the area. No “planting” necessary, just put it out there. You will want to water it and keep it damp until it germinates in about five to seven days. No need to soak first at all.

  4. michelle
    September 17, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Instructions for field planting for clover, please? Thank you.

  5. September 23, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    i just ordered some asparagus seeds I live in southern California and was wondering if I could start the seeds now???

    • Todd
      September 29, 2011 at 11:57 am

      If your soil will maintain a temperature of 50 degrees or better year round, then you are fine.

  6. Joseph balistreri
    September 23, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    Recieved 2lbs of your clover seeds (sprouting crimson)
    I am hoping this is the same crimson clover used as a cover crop ? Also I didnt notice any planting instructions. please advise. Thank you.

  7. jose
    September 30, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    hi i recently bought the artichoke seeds green globe and i dont have the planting instructions, i click on artichoke an appears the instructins for alfalfa, can you please send me the one for artichokes.
    thanks good night

  8. October 16, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    Hi, I am looking for the instructions for kitty grass, or organic hard red wheat. Thanks!

  9. Ken
    October 23, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Oct. 23, just received black eyed susan in northern wi zone 3-4. Should I plant this fall or wait til spring???

    • Todd
      October 23, 2011 at 2:19 pm

      I would wait until Spring. The seeds need to have a winter in the ground to store up enough energy to properly germinate in the Spring.

      • Ken
        October 24, 2011 at 7:53 am

        I loss you on this one! Th seeds need to have winter in the ground to properly geminate so I should wait til spring to plant???

        • Todd
          October 24, 2011 at 5:56 pm

          I should have had my thoughts clearer prior to responding – you can plant now, and the flowers may try to grow this year still, depending on the temperatures, etc. If they do sprout, and then the winter hits, chances are the seeds will not have enough stored energy to germinate again in the Spring. That’s why I would wait until the Spring to plant.

  10. Alina Karpova
    October 26, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    Hi! I just received the “Purple Dragon, Daucus carota var. sativus” (purple carrots). I can’t find the instructions on your list. I tryed the option “Carrot” but it gave me the general instructions for just carrots. Should I assume that the instructions for the Purple Dragon is the same? Please let me know. Thank you

    • Todd
      October 26, 2011 at 10:50 pm

      Yes, all types of carrots can be successfully grown by following the carrot instructions. Thanks!

  11. Mary
    December 2, 2011 at 6:01 am

    Looking for the growing instructions for the California Giant Zinnia Mixed.

    Thanks, Mary

  12. Beth Simmons
    January 5, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Will the instructions/care for planting summer squash be the same for acorn squash?

    • Todd
      January 5, 2012 at 9:01 am

      There are some differences, but one of the main things is to avoid planting acorn squash near other vine plants, such as summer squash, zucchini, etc. Part of the reason is pest control. Acorn squash tends to attract squash vine borers and beetles.

      Here are some specific instructions for Acorn Squash:


      Take care,


  13. Beth Simmons
    January 5, 2012 at 8:50 am

    …and for pumpkins?

  14. steve legate
    January 18, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Need instructions for wildflower buttery mix, partial shade mix, low growing.

  15. Shari Hamlin
    February 13, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Todd, I could not find the planting instuctions for marigold crackerjacks. This will be the second year that I have grown them. The first year I am using your seeds. I can not wait for the tall large blooms. I do have a small greenhouse so I would like to start them early. Thank you so much.

  16. Ted
    March 14, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    Hi, I just received the 2.5 lbs of broccoli sprouts. I initial ordered it because I was told I could grow them in a sprouting jar (mason jar with a screen top) but when I came to this site, you are suggesting that your seeds need soil. Do I really need soil? Is this a different type of seed I bought and there is another? Thanks!

    • Todd
      March 14, 2012 at 10:22 pm

      You can most certainly sprout them in a mason jar, matter of fact, you can use the general sprouting instructions. Whether you sprout in a jar, or soil, is complete and total personal preference.

      Here’s the link to the sprouting instructions.

  17. kuldip
    March 16, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    What is the best time to grow cherry tomato sugar sweetie and what kind of temperature does it need?

    • March 23, 2012 at 8:51 am

      Cherry tomatoes are an awesome tomato, and the great this is you don’t need a specific growing time for them. Just plant away. Better yet, they are not one of those finicky type of tomatoes as they grow well all on their own just about any where in the country. Just make sure the frost season is over.

      They like lots of sun. The higher quality dirt you use, the better off you’ll be, some organic material will insure better growth. Make sure the soil is moist. Don’t let the soil dry out. Six hours of daily sunlight is the goal.

      You will need to water your cherry tomatoes every other day and use some fertilizer, preferably a liquid one, every couple of weeks.

      Keep me posted on how things go.


  18. M.H.
    March 24, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    I was looking for instructions on how to grow the flat leaf parsley on this site. There is no info. on zones, temperature, depth to plant seeds, full sun, or part sun. : (

  19. September 14, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Just added instructions for planting Sunflower Seeds – sorry it took me so long to get around to this. These instructions will be good for all kinds of sunflower seeds. Just remember, you can’t plant the type of sunflower seeds that have been roasted for human consumption. Those wont’ germinate, so just pop those in your mouth and enjoy!

  20. Janie Evora
    October 28, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    I would like instructions on how to plant the large ziva paperwhite flower bulbs. We received it last month and forgot to plant it and I need to know if I can still use it and if not I will need to purchase new ones. Hope to hear from you soon. Thank you.


  21. Peggy McMurry
    November 14, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    I have a 5.5 x 5.5 in. square, 2 layer sprouter. I was wondering how much Broccoli seed should I put on each layer? Your instructions say to keep the sprouts in the dark until the end then you take them out to green up. All the other directions I have read say to keep keep them in some light. I was just wondering the reason for this. Thanks Peggy

    • December 2, 2013 at 9:29 am

      So sorry for the delayed response. I hope this information is still useful to you. For the amount of space you are working with, you will not need much seed at all. Sprinkle maybe a tablespoon or two across the surface, leaving some space between seeds but not too much. As for keeping them in the dark, this is not necessary for them to grow, just advised.

  22. Roger Key
    January 1, 2014 at 6:23 pm


    The link for the asparagus instructions takes me to arugula. Could you patch the link please? Thanks Todd


  23. Karen
    January 7, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Hello, I was trying to click on your asparagus link on how to grow it, and it is comming up on how to grow Arugla. Thank You. Want to buy some Seeds.

  24. Jackie
    January 11, 2014 at 4:24 am

    Two questions:
    1. Are all of your seeds organic?
    2. Can spinach be used for a sprouting seed like Alfalfa or Mung beans, etc.?

    Thank you.

    • February 11, 2014 at 10:26 am

      So sorry for the delay in response… Spinach seeds can be used for sprouting. And all of our seeds are certified QAI organic unless otherwise specified.

  25. Jennifer
    January 26, 2014 at 12:18 am

    Please send instructions for planting golden ball turnip. Thank you.

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