5 Tips for Starting Seeds Successfully

Starting seeds isn’t always easy. You may come across problems along the way, but if you follow these tips you’ll be off to a great start!

When it comes to plants, they all have the same basic needs: sun, food and water.

When starting seeds indoors you have to create an optimum environment that provides all of these basic needs, and then some, to help make your seeds germinate into strong and healthy seedlings for your garden.

Use the Right Temperature

Though plants have different temperature needs, most seeds require an average soil temperature of about 75 degrees F to germinate.

Pay Attention to Planting Depth

Poor germination rates are often a result of incorrect planting depth. This is because if you plant the seed too deeply it will run out of energy before it reaches sunlight to make more.

Consistent Water (Important!)

Water is one of the most important part of starting seeds. Too much leads to disease, mold or fungus and too little will lead to….dead plants.

Give Ample Light

Most seeds do not require direct light to germinate, but once they sprout they will need about 14-16 hours of light per day.

Use the Right Soil

Your seed starting soil is what gives your seeds the best start possible. Many people agree that a soilless mix is the best way to go. You can buy peat pellets, a premixed seed starting mix, or mix your own.

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