Growing a seed into a sturdy, bright, green plant may seem daunting and limited to a few, but in reality, it is not as difficult as you might think. With the right steps, time, tools, and, of course, proper attention, you can even green art of growing plants!
Because each plant has different needs for starting seed, it is helpful to start small by planting just a few varieties. Some seeds – such as tomatoes and marigolds – are very easy to start indoors. Other good choices for beginners are basil, zinnia, coleus, nasturtium, and cosmos. If you are a beginner, choose those first, and then move on to more complex seeds, such as petunias.
How Do I Get Started?
As mentioned earlier, the practice of planting seedlings is very simple but does not sow seeds in the ground, watering, and flowering. However, you need to follow these steps:
- Find the right time
The goal at the beginning of sowing is to make your seedlings ready to emerge when the weather allows. Start by looking at the seed package, which should tell you when to start the seed inside. Generally, it will say something like, “Plant between six and eight weeks before the last frost.”
- Find the right containers
You can start a seed in almost any type of container, as long as it is at least 2-3 deep and has holes in it. If you are a DIY type, you may want to plant seedlings in cups of yogurt, milk boxes, or paper. Cups.
- Prepare the grinding soil
Choose clay soil made for growing seedlings. Do not use soil in your garden or re-use soil to irrigate your house plants. Start with a fresh, empty mixture that will ensure healthy, disease-free seedlings.
- Start Planting
Examine the seed pack to see how deep you should plant your seed. Some smaller ones can be sprayed on the floor. Larger seeds will need to be buried.
Sprinkle newly planted seeds with a master or small tin of irrigation. To speed up germination, cover the pots with plastic or a plastic container that passes through the seed tray. This helps to keep the seeds moist before they germinate. If you see green marks first, remove the cover.
- Water, feed, repeat
As the seedlings grow, using compost or a little watering can keep the soil moist but still wet. Allow the soil to dry slightly during irrigation. Stop the fan to ensure good air circulation and prevent disease.
- Light, bright, light!
Seedlings need a lot of light. As you grow through the window, select the south-facing view. Rotate the pots regularly to prevent the plants from leaning on the light. If the seedlings do not get enough light, they will have legs and be weak. If you are growing under lamps, arrange them a few inches above the seedlings. Keep lights on the timer for 15 hours a day. Remember that seedlings also need darkness, and rest. As the seedlings grow tall, lift the lights.
- Slow the seedlings out slightly
It is not a good idea to move your seedlings directly to a secure area of your house to the garden. You have been planting these seedlings for weeks, so they need to move to a better place outside.
Maine-based mother, Jes Antonis sent us this wonderful spring garden activity. We can’t wait to do it this weekend! Are you okay? Set. Sow!
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