Seed Planting Trends: Gardeners’ Preferences and Reasons

We Asked

  • Do you plant from seeds?
  • What motivates you to plant from seeds?

Consumers Answered

How popular is planting from seeds among gardeners? The practice is quite prevalent, with 52% engaging in it occasionally and 34% often. This trend underscores a deep interest in hands-on gardening experiences. The most compelling motivation for seed planting is the pursuit of more plant varieties, resonating with 64% of gardeners. They value the diversity that seeds offer to their gardens. Equally important are factors like cost-effectiveness and the intrinsic satisfaction of the process, cited by 56% and 54% of respondents, respectively. This data reflects a gardening community that cherishes variety, affordability, and the fulfilling experience of nurturing plants from their very inception.

Do you plant from seeds?

What motivates you to plant from seeds?

Plant From Seeds - Google Searches Over Time

1. Last Five Years (2018-2023):

Interest in “Plant from Seeds” peaked sharply in 2020, coinciding with the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, reaching the highest value of 100. This surge likely reflects a growing interest in home gardening during lockdowns. Notably, post-2020 levels remained higher than before, suggesting a lasting shift towards more engagement in planting and gardening activities.

2. Last Twenty Years (2003-2023): : In the 20-year Google Trends analysis for “Plant from Seeds,” a steady year-over-year increase in interest is evident, culminating in a sharp rise during the Covid-19 pandemic, as highlighted in the previous 5-year analysis. This trend underscores a gradual yet consistent growth in gardening engagement, significantly amplified in the pandemic era.

By Demographics

Do you plant from seeds?

(By annual garden budget)

Analyzing seed planting trends against garden budgets reveals a clear pattern: as the budget increases, so does the frequency of planting from seeds. Gardeners with lower budgets ($1-$49) show more hesitation, while those in higher budget brackets, particularly $500-$999 and $1000+, often plant from seeds. This suggests that financial resources play a significant role in enabling gardeners to experiment more with seed planting. The higher the budget, the more likely gardeners are to regularly engage in and explore the diverse possibilities of seed-based gardening.

Do you plant from seeds?

(By Household Income)

Analyzing seed planting trends against garden budgets reveals a clear pattern: as the budget increases, so does the frequency of planting from seeds. Gardeners with lower budgets ($1-$49) show more hesitation, while those in higher budget brackets, particularly $500-$999 and $1000+, often plant from seeds. This suggests that financial resources play a significant role in enabling gardeners to experiment more with seed planting. The higher the budget, the more likely gardeners are to regularly engage in and explore the diverse possibilities of seed-based gardening.

What motivates you to plant from seeds?

(By Annual Garden Budget)

Gardeners with higher budgets, particularly in the $500-$999 range, show the strongest motivations for planting from seeds, valuing ‘The experience’, ‘Price’, and ‘Access to more varieties’. This trend indicates a correlation between increased budget and a heightened appreciation for the diversity, cost-effectiveness, and personal satisfaction of seed planting. In contrast, those with lower budgets exhibit lower motivation levels, suggesting financial constraints impact their engagement with seed planting. Overall, financial flexibility appears to enhance the value placed on the varied benefits of seed planting.

What motivates you to plant from seeds?

(by Household Income)

Lightbulb

Price as a factor is not corroborated by income and garden budget crosstabs

  • If price is a key factor, we’d expect it to be more important for smaller budgets & lower incomes
  • Instead, it’s actually gardeners with higher budgets that plant more frequently from seeds
  • To get a more complete picture, we’re working on crosstabs for Experience Level – stay tuned

Expert Opinion

LaManda Joy - Simple Spring / Great Grow Along

Liz Lark-Riley - Rockledge Gardens

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