10 Smart And Easy Seed Starting tips

Smart And Easy Seed Starting tips

Few gardening pursuits are as rewarding as growing your own plants from seed. Don’t know how to do that right?

  1. Keep records to allow for better planning. Record when seeds are sown, the germination date and success rate, and when seedlings are ready for transplanting each year.
  2. Store seed properly to maintain viability. To maintain dormancy, keep seeds in a cool, dark location with low humidity, like a refrigerator.
  3. Use wide, flat containers to avoid overcrowding. Wide, shallow containers prevent both overcrowding of seedlings and excessive moisture around fragile, young roots.
  4. Tamp seeds down to make direct contact with soil. Use a kitchen sieve to spread soilless seed-starting mix evenly over the top of the seeds to the depth of two times the seed diameter.
  5. Prevent disease by providing air flow and drainage. After covering the seeds with planting mix and tamping them down, spread a thin layer of 50 percent milled sphagnum and 50 percent starter chicken grit over the surface.
  6. Cover trays with plastic wrap to keep the moisture level constant.
  7. Keep seeds warm to encourage germination.
  8. Turn seedlings daily to keep stems strong.
  9. Feed them well. Most seed-starting mixes contain a small nutrient charge to help make this transition while not burning the developing roots.
  10. Acclimate seedlings to direct sunlight. Place them in direct sunlight during the morning only of the first day, then increasing their time outside by a few hours each day.

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Source: finegardening