Growing Plants From Seeds
There is no magic trick to growing plants from seeds. If you ordinarily buy your plants from a nursery you can save yourself money by planting seeds. This can be a very satisfying hobby. You can also have a much wider variety of plants and flowers, as well as vegetables.
Seeds with hard coats will benefit from being soaked first in warm water. Be careful not to have the water too hot of it will damage the seeds. If the seed coats are really hard, you can also add saltpeter to the water – ½ teaspoon per pint. Soaking the seeds for up to 48 hours will also help to speed up the germination process. Once you take them out of the water, blot then dry and plant them immediately.
You can use any kind of small container for planting seeds, but if you reuse one, make sure you clean it with bleach first to remove any old soil that may remain. A small plastic container only 3.5 inches high works well for any kind of seeds. You do have to punch holes in the bottom to let water drain out and you will need a tray to hold all the tiny pots so that you won’t have water all over the shelf or floor where you lay them. The drainage of water is important because the seeds will rot, rather than germinate, if there is too much water in the soil. You can also buy special trays with the small containers and plastic lids that fit over them to keep out any cold drafts.
Whether you use rich garden soil or potting soil that you purchase at the nursery, you should think about adding nutrients in the form of chemicals that you add to the water. One example of this is a product called Miracle Gro. Place soil in each pot so that the pot is about 2/3 full. Then poke several holes in the soil and lay in the seeds. If you have big seeds you will only need to put one seed in a pot. For smaller seeds you can plant three or four. Label the pots or trays so that you know which plants are in which trays. Cover the seeds with the soil and water them. Lay them in a bright place where they will have heat and light.
You don’t need to water the plants every day. Check the soil to see if it is dry and then you can add water. After a few weeks you will start to see little green shoots appearing. This is the perhaps the most exciting time of growing plants from seeds as you see the beginnings of new life.