Seed companies have very little space to convey a lot of information on how to grow the plant, so they use a type of short hand to put all the necessary information on every packet of seed. Every seed packet contains a wealth of information about the plant, although the placement of the information will vary from vendor to vendor.
At the top of every seed packet you will have the plant's common name and its botanical name. It's good to know the botanical name so you can be sure that it's the correct variety your are looking for. It's labeled as genus (the first word, capitalized) followed by species and sometimes a variety or cultivar name.
The back of the seed packet contains all the nitty-gritty information about how to grow the plant. Here you should find the following information:
Some seed packets will have a "label" you can cut out and place on a tag to help you remember the basic growing information on your plant. This section will tell you:
Here is where you will be given detailed information about the character of the plant.
These are the basics of reading a seed packet. Familiarizing yourself on how to plant your seeds will ensure success in your garden. So, before you start planting, make sure you give your seed packets a good read through.
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