Vegetable Seed Packets – Info You Should Know

Seed Packet Cover

It’s that time again “Gardening Season!” If you are new to gardening and are interested in seed starting, in today’s post, we are going to talk about vegetable seed packets and the info you need to know.

If you have old seeds and you want to learn if they are any good check out my post about “Old Vegetable Seeds – Are They Still Good?

Understanding Vegetable Seed Packets

These are some of the vegetables that I plan on growing this year.

When it comes to starting the garden, you have two options; buy established plants from the store or grow your plants from seed.  

Established plants are a more accessible option; however, they can become very costly, especially if you were buying to feed a family. On the other hand, starting seeds takes more time but can provide cost savings and more plants to grow in the long run. 

If you decided to grow seeds, it is essential to know which ones to buy and how to take care of them. This information is usually on the seed packet.  

The seed packaging has two purposes; to store the seeds and provide specific care instructions for establishing and growing the plant.  

Using this information will help you take the proper steps to germinate and grow the seeds successfully. To help you further prepare for seed starting, we will discuss what that information covers using a Burpee Seed Packet. We will talk about the information on both the front and back of the package. 

Reading the Front of the Seed Package Label 

A Photo of the Plant 

Broccoli Seed Packet

You typically will have a photo or illustration of the plant at its maturity on the front cover. At the top of the picture, you have the plant name, a common name, or the Latin name.  

Other Information 

Additional information would be the price, the weight, and the quantity.  

Reading the Back of the Seed Package Label 

There is typically more information about the plant, directions, and best growing conditions on the back of the package.  

Plant Type  

By looking at this label, we can tell that this is an Heirloom variety.

Usually, at the top of the picture, you will see the type of plant listed as an herb, vegetable, or flower.  

Plant Description or Traits  

A quick break down of the plant's characteristics.

 Below that, you will see a plant description or traits; this would include;  

  1. A written description of the plant 
  2. If it is a perennial, biennial, or annual 
  3. Examples of ways you can apply it to your home 

Planting Directions  

Each packet should have a series of instructions on how to properly germinate the plant

In this section, the cultivar provides the best growing conditions for the seeds. In the description, they provide information such as;  

  • The best time to start the seeds 
  • If they are started indoors or direct sow 
  • If the seeds need special treatment (I.e., soaked, colder conditions, or scratched) 
  • How deep you should plant the seed 
  • The number of days for germination 
  • Additional transplanting instructions and how far to plant them apart; this information is also in the quick reference section.  
Planting Summary

Best By Date/ Packaged For  

Packed By - Back of Seed Packet

 In this section, the cultivator provides the best year for optimal germination and the best time to use the seeds.  

Cultivating Company Info  

Cultivating Company - Back of Seed Packet

 In most cases, the cultivating company will post its contact info on the package. This information is beneficial if you are interested in buying in bulk or have any questions about the seeds. Some of the cultivators we are using are Burpee and Botanical Interests. 

Well, there you have it! In this video, we explained the info on the seed packet.  Now that you know how to read a seed packet, take the next step and check out my post “New Gardener 101 – Vegetable Gardening in 7 Steps” to get started!

Variety of Burpee Seeds

Understanding Seed Packet Video (YouTube)

Now that we have covered that, in the following post, we will focus on if you can grow old seeds.  If you are interested in a video version of this post, check out my video below from our YouTube Channel.

Once again, thank you for watching in until next week. Have a fabulous day and stay supertastic.  

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