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): 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.


*****Hey guys!  As a GENERAL rule of thumb, do NOT put your seeds in your freezer.  Freezing seeds (which are live little creatures), will harm germination.  There are some exceptions (like wheat seed, when properly vacuumed sealed will last 30 years), but in general, unless you really know what you are doing, do NOT freeze your seeds.*****

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 Posted on : June 3, 2011

56 Responses to “Seed Planting Instructions”
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  1. Please send instructions for planting golden ball turnip. Thank you.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Roger Key says :


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


  5. Peggy McMurry says :

    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

    1. 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.

  6. Janie Evora says :

    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.


  7. 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!

  8. 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. : (

    1. I went ahead and added additional information for you to the parsley planting instructions.

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

    1. 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.


  10. 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!

    1. 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.

  11. Shari Hamlin says :

    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.

    1. Here is a link to the Crackerjack Marigold Planting Instructions. I am sure you will be wildly successful with your Marigolds. What a beautiful flower!

  12. steve legate says :

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

    1. All the wildflowers use the same planting instructions, which can be found here:

      Wildflower Planting Instructions

  13. Beth Simmons says :

    …and for pumpkins?

    1. Here is a link to the instructions for planting all types of pumpkin seeds. Enjoy!


  14. Beth Simmons says :

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

    1. 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,


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

    Thanks, Mary

  16. Alina Karpova says :

    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

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

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

    1. 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.

      1. 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???

        1. 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.

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

  19. 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

    1. Very sorry for that technical error – we’ve fixed that and the link works now. For your convenience, simply click here for Artichoke Planting Instructions.

  20. Joseph balistreri says :

    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.

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

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

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

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

    1. 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.

      1. Hi,
        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?

        1. 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.

  24. John Doughty says :

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

    1. Flowers like Purple Coneflower and Blue Flax are considered wildflowers; Click here for Wildflower Planting Instructions.

  25. 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.

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