Handy Tips for Plant Seeding Success
A great way to get started with your garden early on in the season is by growing plants from seed. 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:
Use the right containers.
You can begin seeds in practically any type of container if it has a minimum depth of two to three inches and some holes for drainage. 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.
Spend time preparing the 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. 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. Note that most mixes only have a few, if any, nutrients, so you have to apply liquid fertilizer to the seedlings few weeks after they germinate, and keep doing so until you move them to your garden.
Begin to plant.
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 tiny ones could be sprinkled all over the soil surface. You have to bury the larger seeds. Accommodating the seeds is easier if you have divots in every pot. Go back and cover the seeds after dropping them in the divots, and then moisten those seeds gently with water. To fast-track germination, maintain good moisture by covering all the pots with a plastic dome or wrap. At the first sign of green, discard the cover.
Be consistent with watering and feeding.
The soil must be kept moist, not soggy, by regular watering with the use of a mister. And give the soil time to dry a bit 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 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 note that seedlings need darkness too. Set your light timer for no longer than 15 hours a day.
Moving seeds outdoors should be done 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.