Tips for Successful Plant Seeding
Growing plants from seed is a smart way to begin gardening in the early part of the season. Provided you have the right light and some basic tools, growing from seed to harvest is easy. Here are more specific tips to guide you:Below are specific pointers that can be helpful:Here are specific tips to guide you through:
Use the right containers.
You can start seeds in nearly all kinds of containers that are at least two to three inches deep and have drainage holes. For DIY enthusiasts, those milk cartons, plastic cups and paper cups can do the job. Of course, the convenience of seeding trays is still undeniable. Such trays are so easy to fill and move around, and the watering system will make sure that moisture is consistent.
Invest in preparing your potting soil.
Pick potting soil made for the purpose of growing seedlings, and make sure you have a fresh, sterile mix that will keep them free from diseases. The mix should be moistened with water before being placed in the containers. 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.
Read the seed’s label to know the required depth for planting. Some of the tiny ones could be sprinkled all over the soil surface. You have to bury the larger seeds. For the seeds to be accommodated, each pot should have divots. 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. At the first sign of green, discard the cover.
Be consistent with watering and feeding.
Be sure to moisten the soil (use a small watering can) but not too much as to make it soggy. The soil should be left to dry slightly in between waterings. Install a fan for healthy movement of air and warding off disease. 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? However, remember seedlings need darkness as well. Your light timer should be set for no longer than 15 hours daily.
Move the seeds outside gradually.
Lastly, after a few weeks, you will those seedlings to harden off, which you this is done by moving them gradually to the outdoors. The keyword is gradually. Just like people, they need time to get used to a new environment.