What to sow and grow in January

Supported by Thompson & Morgan

Below is a list of both flowers, vegetables and fruit trees that you can order in January, to sow or plant, and see results from in the coming months! Click on the green text to be redirect through to the Thompson & Morgan website.


In the Greenhouse / Indoors

Antirrhinum needs a long growth period before flowering so sow in a propagator now for good results.
• Sow Begonia, Geranium (Pelargonium) and Dianthus (Carnations/Pinks) indoors now as they are slow to flower from seed.
Laurentia (Isotoma) make fantastic container plants for the summer.
• Sow Lobelia for bedding, containers and hanging baskets.
Pansies can be started off indoors now, for a colourful summer display.
Sweet Peas can be started in gentle heat now.
• Try growing something exotic to lift winter blues – why not grow the Bird of Paradise plant (Strelitzia reginae) from seed?



In the Greenhouse / Indoors

• For the show bench, start sowing Celeriac and Celery now in a heated propagator.
Herbs are easy to grow on your windowsill and provide fresh greens all year round.
• Sow exhibition onion seeds to give the bulbs time to grow as big as possible. Use varieties such as Bunton’s Showstopper and Ailsa Craig.
• Order rhubarb crowns now ready for planting in the spring. Or if you’d like to grow your own rhubarb from seed, start them off now in a heated propagator.
Salad leaves and spinach can be grown on a bright windowsill indoors for tasty early greens.
• Order your potatoes.

In the Cold frame / Under Cloches

• Try growing strawberry plants under cover to get an early crop this summer.

Direct Sow Outdoors

• Sow hardy Broad Bean ‘ Aquadulce Claudia’ outdoors (if the ground isn’t frozen).

Plant Outdoors

• It’s surprisingly easy to grow your own mushrooms – try growing a mushroom log in your garden or alternatively grow some indoors using mushroom kits.


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