Seeds That Should NOT Be Started Indoors Because Should Not Be Transplanted

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For areas with short growing seasons and for people like me, who can’t wait to get back out in the garden, starting seeds indoors [long before winter has ended] is a good option.  However, some seeds do not transplant well and therefore, do no do well started indoors–at least not in the traditional manner.

The tubers [carrots, turnips, parsnips, beets, potatoes, radishes] should not be started indoors, when transplanting outdoors is the ultimate goal. The same is true of onions.

There are exceptions, however.  I have begun some miniature carrots indoors in window boxes, where they will remain until harvested.  If you have adequate indoor space and/or a heated greenhouse [where the tubers and bulbs an grow until harvest], these restrictions would not apply.


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