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How to Grow Phlox From Seeds

Jan 21, 2017
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Phlox is winter annual, bushy in habit and heavily stemmed. Grow Phlox for continuous flowering. Blooms are in terminal clusters and are trumpet shaped with a short, narrow tube. Phlox grow to height of 35-50 cm. The plant is best suited for bedding, borders and pots.

Sowing From Seed

Certain easy-to-grow plants do best when sown directly in the garden, because they have delicate root systems or taproots that make successful transplantation from containers difficult.

Step 1 : Soil Preparation

Start by preparing the soil. Remove weeds, then loosen the soil with a spading fork, shovel upto 4 inch deep. Add a complete fertilizer ( Vermicompost , Cow Manure etc) and finally smoothen the soil with a rake. Moisten the bed thoroughly a few days before you intend to plant. At sowing time, the soil should be moist but not soggy or waterlogged.

Step 2 : Seed Sowing

Scatter pinches of seed as evenly as possible. Cover these seeds with thin layer of soil about 1/8th inch just to cover the seed. Then cover the pot/bed with a thin cloth sheet. Water the area with a fine spray over the cloth sheet using sprayer. Avoid giving water directly to seeds as it could displace the seeds. Keep the soil surface moist but not dripping wet until seeds sprout

In 7-10 days seeds should be germinated. After germination irrigate everyday till seedlings are 1-2 inches tall. Once germinated remove the cloth. Thin out the overcrowded seedlings until seedlings are 6 inches apart while they are still small; If you wait too long to thin, the plants will develop poorly, and you’ll have a harder time removing an individual plant without disturbing those around it. Buy branded Phlox seeds with high rate of germination.

Pot / Grow Bag

Use plastic or any ceramic pot. Pot should have drainage holes at bottom to ensure good drainage. Use grow bags if you want. Grow Bags have certain advantages over traditional pots as they are light weight, easy to relocate and reusable over the years. Check out our grow bags collection.


Medium type of soil , containing balanced proportion of clay, slit and sand is good for phlox growing. If not sure about the soil then use soil less medium i.e. coco peat, coco fiber. Keep soil/coco peat well drained.

Sun / Temperature

Place pot or grow bag in a sunny spot. Provide at least 5-6 hrs of sunlight to the plant. Seed sowing temperature should be 20-25°C.


Normal watering will do for phlox growing. Avoid over watering.

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