Tips for Successful Plant Seeding
Growing plants from seed is a smart way to begin gardening in the early part of the season. Growing from seed to harvest is perfectly possible with only some simple equipment and the right light. Here are more specific tips to guide you:Below are specific pointers that can be helpful:Here are specific tips to guide you through:
Pick the right containers.
It’s possible to seed in almost every type of container with a two- to three-inch depth and some holes for drainage purposes. If you like to DIY, you can use yogurt cups, paper cups or any other similar materials found at home. Of course, seeding trays still provide unparalleled convenience. These trays are easy to fill, the watering system make sure moisture is always there, and you can move them without trouble.
Invest time in your potting soil.
Go for potting soil specifically made for growing seeds, and your starting mix should be fresh and sterile so as to maintain healthy, disease-free seeds. Before you fill the containers with your planting mix, make sure you have moistened it with a little water. Also, the soil must be packed firmly with absolutely no gaps. Mixes usually barely contain nutrients, so do apply liquid fertilizer in the weeks after germination until you have transplanted them into your garden.
Get started with planting.
Check the seed’s label to know how many inches down you have to plant your itScan the seed packet’s label and check the best depth for planting your seeds. Some of the small ones may be sprinkled right on top of the soil. You have to bury the larger seeds. It’s good to make a divots in every pot so that the seeds can be accommodated. Once you have dropped the seeds in the divot, the seeds can be covered and moistened gradually with waterPut a cover over the seeds once you have dropped them in the divots, and moisten them with a small watering can. Covering the pots entirely with plastic wrap or dome will work to keep the seeds moist and speed up the germination process. Once you see anything remotely green, you can remove the cover.
Be consistent with watering and feeding.
Use a small watering can to moisten the soil without making it soggy. And give the soil time to dry a bit between waterings. Set up a fan so there is good air movement and disease can be prevented. You can plug your fan and grow lights into the same timer. And feed the seedlings consistently with liquid fertilizer mixed at the rate recommended by the manufacturer.
Let there be lots of light!Have lots of light!Let there be abundant light!
We all learned this in grade school: for a plant to grow, it needs light. Remember photosynthesis?Does photosynthesis ring a bell?Remember photosynthesis? But note that seedlings need darkness too. Set your light timer for 15 hours per day.
Gradually move the seeds outdoors.
Finally, after a few weeks, those seedlings will need to harden off, and this is done by moving them gradually to the outdoors. The idea is to do it gradually. Plants are like people – they need time to adjust to new surroundings.