Growing seeds indoors isn’t hard; it’s keeping them alive that can be challenging. You can save a lot of money by growing seeds, but only if they live and turn into robust plants. Avoiding these common mistakes will greatly increase your odds of success.
Not Enough Light
Seedlings need a lot of light. No matter what anyone tells you, chances are that you don’t have enough natural light in your house to grow robust seedlings.
Too Much or Too Little Water
Give your seedlings too much or too little water – either way, they are toast. This is perhaps the most challenging part of growing plants from seeds. Because seedlings are so delicate, there is very little room for error when it comes to watering. You want to keep your sterile, seed-starting medium damp, but not wet.
Starting Too Soon
Lots of plants don’t like the cold, and exposing them to chilly air and soil will just stress them out, and stressed out plants are more susceptible to pests and disease. Most plants are ready to go outside four to six weeks after you start the seeds.
Planting Too Deep
Seeds are finicky when it comes to how deep they like to be planted. Some seeds need complete darkness to germinate, and some like some light. This information is usually on the seed packet. If there isn’t any information, the rule of thumb is to plant seeds twice or three times as deep as they are wide. This can be a challenge to figure out, but if you’re not sure, err on the shallow side – don’t plant your seeds in too deep.
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