Tips for Successful Seed Starting



There are many reasons that you should start seeds indoors.  However, making sure that you're doing it right is almost as important as getting the seeds going.  I've listed five tips to make sure that your seeds sprout into high quality plants.

The Seeds Themselves

This may sound like a no-brainer, but you want to make sure that you're starting off with high quality seeds.  Many established seed companies provide you with a germination rate that you can expect from your seeds.  Keep in mind that germination rates will vary across both species and varieties.  If you can, compare the germination rate and choose the seeds with the higher rate.

It helps to soak your seeds before you plant them.  Soaking the seeds that you intend to plant tells the seed that it's time to start sprouting.  Don't soak the seeds too long or they will drown.  Overnight is plenty of time.

Soil For Seeds

Don't try to sprout seeds in regular potting soil.  Normal potting soil holds copious amounts of water and packs tightly.  This makes it really hard for tender first leaves and roots to emerge.  Sprouting in potting soil will lower your germination rate, reducing the amount of plants that you'll actually grow.

Use a seed starter soil mix.  You can purchase these at any grower's supply store or you can mix your own.  Seed starter mix doesn't compact as much and gives the seedlings plenty of water and nutrients without preventing tender growth.

4/4/2019 11:14:36 AM

Does the seeds have to be in darkness the first few days or light? I'm confused about if they should be started in the dark or in direct light. Please help

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