Seed starting task is a challenging task for gardeners. It is also an important task to do especially if you are to achieve bountiful gardens with exceptional appeal and attraction. However, before the actual buying of seeds, make sure to do a reality check especially if you are a novice gardener. Understand how much sunlight your garden can receive the entire growing season. As we go along this article, we will learn further the basics and important tips to follow for seed starting task for your garden.
Most ornamental flowering plants and vegetables require minimum 6 hours of sunlight exposure every day. Always consider the growing requirements of those seeds that you are about to plant. It may involve the size of your garden and the amount of room needed for your plants to mature in full. Keeping these facts in mind as you decide on the varieties of your seeds will surely give you a successful harvest in the future.
Seeds of annual vegetables and flowers are the easiest to grow since it germinates quickly. It also has the largest selections and varieties. You can start on these seeds for your indoor plants. However, starting seeds for indoor gardening can be quite tricky as there are some factors to consider. These factors include checking the seed packets for germinating days, knowing the amount of weeks growth needed for every seedling variety prior to transplant, and counting backward from the last frost date of your location. In case you do not know the date, you can always ask for assistance from your local nursery. Starting too early will make the seedlings grow leggy and weak.
To grow the seeds you will need the following:
• Warmth & light
• Plus water
• Plastic bag or plastic humidity cover
• Growing medium (a mixture of special soil and best seeds)
• Shallow containers w/ good drainage
• Egg cartons with poked holes at the bottom
• Plastic flats
• Peat pots
If are about to recycle plastic pots or flats, ensure that it is thoroughly clean before filling it with the moistened mixture. You can do this by sterilizing them in the microwave for a couple of minutes. You can also use peat pellets that can be transplanted intact and expand when moistened. This idea will not disturb the delicate roots of the plants. Containers to be used must be placed in the waterproof tray so the seeds are not disturbed and adding water from the bottom is possible. Afterward, keep mixing the damp.
Here are other basic steps to follow for when starting seeds:
• Plant the seeds appropriately to directions of packet and depth should be 2 or 3 times as the diameter of the seeds
• Seeds requiring light to germinate should be covered barely
• Label every container with the plant variety and name, sowing date, etc. Cover the container with a humidity dome or you can place it inside a plastic bag until the seeds germinate. Do not seal the bag to allow air circulation.
• Warmth bottom assists in the seeds germination thus set trays on a radiator, top of the refrigerator, or an electric heat map.
• Install a windowsill or sunroom for natural light during seeds germination
• Add half-strength liquid fertilizer when plants have 2 sets of true leaves
• Transplant those seedlings that require larger pots. This is to give them enough room to develop and grow their root systems.
• Handle gently the baby plants by their leaves.