8 February, 19

Seed-starting saves you money on plants and expands your choices in flower, color, taste and size! Some seeds grow best when started right in the garden. Just read the seed packet.
And – it’s easier than you think especially since seeds are designed to sprout and grow into thriving plants under the right conditions. So you just need to establish the right conditions!
Basics of Seed-Starting Printable Tip Sheet

The supplies you’ll need:

Seeds! – We have great choices for you. Seed packets are loaded with how-to information that can help you choose exactly what you want and help you match the seeds and plants to your growing conditions.

Pots – You can choose 6 packs of plastic or the biodegradable kind- great for squash and sunflower seeds because these plant roots do not like being disturbed after sprouting. We have the trays and plastic domes as well to keep your seedlings in ideal sprouting and growing conditions.

Soil – Whoops – not soil at all! The ideal sprouting medium is a sterile soil-less mix. The ideal mix retains water but is light and porous, allowing for good drainage. A little bag of ‘grit,’ a fine mica or gravel dust, is helpful to prevent fungus on new seedlings.

Location – This can be a couple different locations, first for sprouting and then for growing. Most seeds need temperatures of 50o F or warmer for good germination so you’ll want a warm location inside the house to get started. Then after germination, the seeds need light. For natural light, put your containers in a south-facing window during the day and protect from drafts. If no window is available, you could use adjustable fluorescent lights hung a few inches above the pots.

Starting Seedlings Step by Step-


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