11 Best Seeds to Start Indoors

When it comes to gardening, some seed varieties are best sprouted indoors. From kale to okra, learn the 11 best seeds to start indoors for an optimal harvest.

Some seeds do best when sprouted indoors, like in an AeroGarden, where conditions are optimal for starting those little sprouts.

What Are the Benefits of Starting Seeds Indoors?

Did you know that not all seed varieties need to be started indoors before transplanting? There are some seeds that actually prefer to start outdoors in soil. However, many seeds fare best when sprouted in an indoor gardening system, where conditions are optimal for starting those little sprouts, and can then be transferred to your traditional beds outdoors when it gets warmer.

There are many benefits to indoor seed starting, including the following:

  • Saving money: Seed packets are generally much cheaper than seed transplants, offering a much higher bang for your buck.
  • Controlling the harvest date: Starting seeds indoors allows you to harvest your plants on your own timeline, without being confined to growing season.
  • Greater variety: Choosing your own indoor plant seeds allows you to harvest plants that might not be available at your local nursery.

Best Plants for Indoor Seed Sowing

So, which seed varieties are best started indoors? Generally, we find that longer-season crops grow best inside, especially the following vegetables:

  • Broccoli
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Eggplant
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Onion
  • Okra
  • Peppers
  • Tomatoes

On the other hand, certain crops such as root vegetables fare better when started outside, such as:

  • Carrots
  • Turnips
  • Beets

To avoid disturbing the roots, we recommend planting these seeds outdoors after the last frost.

Grow Your Own Vegetables Indoors Today with AeroGarden

You can get many of these seed starting mixes on just take the seed pods out of their plastic cages and place them in your seed starting tray. But for seeds you may have at home, you can use the seed starting system grow sponges to give them the perfect environment for sprouting during those cold late-winter months. Simply place the seed in the top of the grow sponge and drop it into the seed starting tray. With the help of our LED grow lights, you’ll have your own indoor vegetable garden in no time!

When to Transplant Seedlings