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Seedling Identification Help!

So you planted some seeds and thought for sure you could keep track of what is what without labels....but now you have no idea what is coming up. If this is you, don't worry, I STILL do this and inevitably end up on Google trying to figure out what each seedling actually is. Let me help you out!


Poppies come up super tiny and can be easy to miss until they are bigger. Here are the stages of poppy sprout and seedling growth.

Above, you can see great examples of the different growth stages of Iceland poppies, and really, Shirley Poppies look almost exactly the same at this stage.


Lisianthus seedling sprouts are little the smallest thing I have ever seen. They are easy to miss.


Similarly, Veronica is tiny and can take a while to germinate.


Larkspur sprouts start as two very separate leaves with points at the ends (as does Delphinium) and then develops very recognizable second leaves shown here.


There are a few different kinds of Scabiosa, and their second leaves look a bit different (skinny and long and smooth edge).

Dusty Miller:

Starts out as tiny with two little round leaves and then pops out bigger leaves and eventually that recognizable dusty grey starts to come in.


Flat and long and almost grass like (but thicker).


Nice round leaves moving in to longer rounded leaves that have almost a pastel fuzz about them.


Sprouts red! Definitely easy to spot.

Eventually, just the under side of the leaves and stems will be red:


These guys start out tiny, like poppies and then develop leaves that grow bigger and bigger over time.


Skinny, long ovals with a bit of a fuzz.


Tiny little guys, easy to recognize the shape of their leaves.


This blue, South African Milkweed takes a long time to sprout. It's sprout looks very similar to Larkspur and Delphinium's first leaves.


Similar to cilantro and dill with a very easy to recognize second leaf.


Tiny little circles.


Similar to corncockle, cilantro and dill with a lacey looking second set of leaves.


Little round ovals.


It can be hard to tell anemones and ranunculus apart when they come up, but anemones have a sharper appearance whereas ranunculus are much more rounded.


More rounded than anemones.

I hope this all was helpful! Have a question about your seedlings? Message us!

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