Natural baby plant seeding and steps to grow plants from seeds
To save money you can grow plants from seeds easily. The other way it is also cheaper than buying same big plants. You can even find the seeds of plants which are not easily available for sale. Anyway, growing plants from seeds is really easy and simple. Growing plants from seeds is one of the most rewarding things for gardeners.
The tiny plants from seeds just need water, warmth and light for their first few weeks. Up to a point they are capable of feeding themselves. Only after some point you need to start feeding them, but by following few simple standards. The growing of a plant from the seed needs some steps to follow:
Select a container
The containers for seeds should be clean and have small drainage holes with 2-3 inches deep measure. These can be anything like yogurt cups, eggshells, plastic pots or cell packs. You can even buy container kits but it can be again investing more money. All depends on your budget. Once the seeds get s their first true leaves you need to transfer seedlings from small plastic containers to slightly larger pots. When shifted to bigger pots you need to have enough sunny space for their further growth.
Seed starting mixed soil always available in flower nurseries and big gardens. Please don’t use any soil directly. Use warm water to wet the soil before using in seed containers.
Plant at the proper depth
The seed packet has the instructions written on it about the proper planting depth. Some seeds need to be placed in the surface of the soil. Once you plant your seeds, use a spray bottle to water the soil. There is also a general rule of thumb which means to cover the seeds with soil equal to three times of their thickness.
Water at room temperature is best for baby seeding. It is necessary to keep the soil moist, but don’t use overwatering which can cause diseases and can kill seeds. There are lots of wrong ways to water these small containers like pouring water directly or watering on leaves. A better way is to dip the container in water and let it absorb the moisture from the bottom of the container.
Maintain consistent moisture
You can cover your containers to absorb the inside moisture. The starting kits always have a plastic cover. You can use any plastic for it, but it shouldn’t lay flat on the soil. In fact it needs a support. Once seeds sprout you can remove the covers.
Keep soil warm
To germinate properly seeds need warm soil. In cool soil they may germinate or not. 78°F is the ideal temperature for seeds to germinate. You must have seen waterproof mats, help to keep soil at a same temperature. You can buy these easily at nearby nurseries and garden centers. Once the germination has started you can reduce the temperature a little to 70°F.
Once your plants get their other set of leaves, you can start feeding them by using liquid fertilizer weekly. After 3-4 weeks you can use full strength fertilizers.
Proper light to seedlings
15-16 hours of direct light needed per day for seeds to grow properly. If you noticed that plants are bending towards the window that means they are not getting proper light. In that case you need to arrange artificial lighting.
Circulating air helps prevents diseases and made the plant develop strong stems. You can use a fan near containers to keep air movement.
Harden off seedlings before transplanting outdoors
Before you move these growing seeds to outdoors, they need to be prepare for the harder surroundings. This procedure is called Hardening Off.