How to Read Our Seed Packets: Tips for Beginners

Helpful tips

Getting started with Sow Right Seeds is fun and easy. We’ve done the groundwork and research to help you get started and set you up for success. 

front and back views of a Sow Right seed packet

Most of the information you need to get started is on the back of your seed packet if you know what where to look and what the terms mean.

Seed Packet Terminology Explained


Here you’ll find out a little bit about the seeds in the packet like distinguishing features, history, awards, or what to expect.


How to get the best start growing your seeds, plus any important tips we thought you should know.

Days to Germination

The average amount of time you can expect it to take your seeds to sprout if you follow the instructions on your package.

Planting Depth

This is the depth for planting your seeds in soil or a planting medium. Pay attention to any special instructions about light requirements for germination. Soil-to-seed contact is important for plants to germinate.

Plant Spacing

Our packets don’t have row spacing on them. This is because planting in blocks is typically more efficient than in rows. If you do choose to plant in rows, space rows at least a plant’s width apart. When you’re planting, don’t forget to add in extra room if you need to move between your plants to tend and harvest them.

Soil Temperature

This is your reference for the best germination temperature. It is not a typical growing temperature, which can vary much more with the season and conditions in your garden. Once sprouts appear, you can often lower the temperature a bit and continue growing safely. Pay attention to any notes on your instructions.

Light Requirements

This is the minimum light needed for your plants to do well. If your packet calls for full sun, that means your plant needs at least 6 hours of unfiltered light a day. Partial sun/partial shade means 4-6 hours of direct sunlight a day. Full shade is two hours or less of sunlight a day.

If you need any more support or information on growing your Sow Right Seeds, feel free to search our articles or ask us questions!