Tips for Growing Plants from Seed

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Tips for Growing Plants from Seed

Post by tree68 on March 20th 2010, 7:06 pm

Tips for Growing Plants from Seed

When growing plants from seed the most important
thing you have to watch for is diseases that attack
tiny seedlings. The best thing to do is start your
seedlings in sterile seed starting mix.

You make your own mix by using one part peat moss
and one part Vermiculite or Perlite. Some people,
like me, use one part peat, one part vermiculite
and one part perlite.

Don't get all caught up in the details of this mix
because what you are really doing is just giving
the seeds a good place to stay warm and moist until
they germinate.

You don't want to add any kind of fertilizers to
your mix. At first just concentrate on getting
the seeds to germinate and the seedlings to stand
up strong.

Water the seedlings with plain water, not any kind
of an organic blend. You never know what's hanging
out in a bottle of organic fertilizer, and keep in
mind, you want the environment around the seedlings
to remain sterile.

Once the seedlings are up and doing well, you can
transplant them into small pots with a potting mix
that contains some nutrients and then you can apply
organic fertilizers like liquid sea weed extract.

Take measures from the start to prevent damping off.
Damping off is fungal disease that occurs when the
growing mix is too wet for too long and there is not
enough air flow across the surface of growing mix.

Seeds like to be warm so if you put them on a heat
mat made for gardening or place them under a warm
light that will keep the growing medium warm which
will make the seeds germinate faster, and it will
also help to dry out the growing medium between

Don't let it get too dry, but the growing medium
should dry some before you water again. That's why
I like a growing medium with a little less peat moss
so you can let it dry but re-wet it easily.

Position a fan so it constantly blows some air
across your flat of seedlings. The air circulation
will help prevent fungal diseases.

Once your seedlings are up they can be transplanted
into small pots.

If you opt to start them in sterile seed starter blocks
or small peat pots you eliminate the chance of transplant
shock when they need to go into a larger container.

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