Handy Tips for Plant Seeding Success
A good way to start gardening as the season sets in is growing plants from seed. As long as you have the right light and the right basic equipment, you can easily grow from seed to harvest. 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.
You can start seeds in nearly all kinds of containers that are at least two to three inches deep and have drainage holes. If you’re a DIY’er, those paper cups, milk cartons or whatever similar materials you have are all good options. 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.
Use potting soil made particularly for growing seedlings, and ensure that your mix is fresh and sterile enough to prevent 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. You can sprinkle some of the small ones directly on the surface of the soil. The bigger the seeds, the more they need to be buried. For the seeds to be accommodated, each pot should have divots. 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. To hasten germination, keep everything moist by covering the pots entirely with plastic wrap or dome. At the first sign of green, discard the cover.
Be consistent with watering and feeding.
Use a small watering can to moisten the soil without making it soggy. The soil should be left to dry slightly in between waterings. Set up a fan so there is good air movement and disease can be prevented. It’s good to have the fan and grow lights plugged into a single 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 know the golden rule: for a plant to grow, there should be 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.
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. Like people, they need time to adapt to their new environment.