Handy Tips for Plant Seeding Success
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:
Select 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. Such trays are so easy to fill and move around, and the watering system will make sure that moisture is consistent.
Spend time preparing the potting soil.
Use potting soil made particularly for growing seedlings, and ensure that your mix is fresh and sterile enough to prevent diseases. Before you fill your containers, moisten the mix with water. Also see to it that the soil is packed firmly and there are no gaps. Keep in mind that most mixes hardly contain nutrients, so feed the seedlings with liquid fertilizer in the weeks following germination, and don’t stop until you have moved them into the garden.
Begin to plant.
Read the seed’s label to know the required depth for planting. You can sprinkle some of the small ones directly on the surface of the soil. Bigger seeds must be buried. It’s good to make a divots in every pot so that the seeds can be accommodated. Go back and cover the seeds after dropping them in the divots, and then moisten those seeds gently with water. Covering the pots entirely with plastic wrap or dome will work to keep the seeds moist and speed up the germination process. As soon as you see anything green, take off the cover.
Water and feed on a regular basis.
Use a small watering can to moisten the soil without making it soggy. Allow the soil dry a little during watering intervals. Install a fan for healthy movement of air and warding off disease. A good idea is to plug the fan into the same timer as your grow lights. And remember to feed the seedlings with liquid fertilizer (should be mixed at the manufacturer-recommended rate) on a consistent basis.
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 keep in mind that darkness is necessary too. Set your light timer for no longer than 15 hours a day.
Moving seeds outdoors should be done gradually.
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. Just like people, they need time to get used to a new environment.