Seed catalogs are more than just books filled with pictures of beautiful plants and flowers. Whether looking at online seed catalogs or those sent directly to your home, they contain a tremendous amount of information that you should know prior to sowing seeds.
Benefits of Seed Catalogs and Plant Catalogs
- Variety Types – To start with, seed catalogs allow you to review a wide range of varieties. Often when planning a garden, you have certain plants and flowers in mind. However, after looking through one or more catalogs, you quickly realize that you have far more options than imagined. Although you may stick with your original plan, you might find something that you like even better.
- Zone Information – Every region of the United States has a planting zone; in all, there are 10 unique zones. Officially known as the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map, each zone is designed to help people determine the types of plants and flowers that will best thrive in the zone where they live.
- Variety Information – Both standard and organic seed catalogs contain valuable information beyond just the different plants and flowers sold. For example, when looking at seeds, you will learn the correct zone, information about various requirements specific to soil, watering, fertilizer, the amount of required sunlight, planting depth, and much more. Before sowing any seeds that you purchase, you want to have all the information required for soil preparation, planting, watering, and so on.
- Grasses – Catalogs also have grass for sale, as well as associated information. Typically, grass is categorized by warm season versus cool season varietals. By looking over the information provided in plant catalogs, you will know the exact type of grass that you need, not only for your geographical location, but also for how the grass will be used. For instance, the kind of grass seeds used for a home lawn are different from seeds used for athletic fields.
- Origins, Guarantees, and Warranties – When looking at different seed catalogs, you have the chance to learn different seeds’ origins and history, in addition to finding information about the type of available guarantee or warranty.
To ensure you always receive the highest quality seeds available, we recommend visiting our site or ordering seed catalogs for browsing at home. At Stover Seed, we welcome your visit or call anytime.