Starting your plants indoors first can be an excellent idea when you’re waiting for the winter season to end or if you want to make sure that they are correctly maintained before you place them outdoors. Aside from this, you will be able to determine earlier if the plant you wish to take outdoors is compatible to the weather, or if it’s worth to be taken on full-scale.
- Starter Pots / Small Pots
- Heat Mat
- Beginning Medium (neither potting or garden soil)
- Grow Light/s
- Organic Fertilizer
- Plant Seeds
There are a lot of options to decide on how to start growing your seeds. One of them is to start planting them in trays or starter pots. If you decide to use pots, it is advised that you use plastic ones since they’re reusable, doesn’t dry out quickly, and doesn’t take out moisture away from the seeds as opposed to pots that are made from biodegradable materials.
When it comes to the medium where you allow your seeds to grow, you should use a seed starting mix instead of a potting or garden soil. This way, your medium will be sterile and lose, allowing your seed to grow in a medium where there are no bacterias and molds present.
Though it is not mandatory to have a heat mat, it would be essential for you to to get one if you situate your plants in a cool or cold environment. This way, having a heat mat will keep your plant adequately warm which would encourage the seeds to grow faster.
Having grow lights are essential since it is crucial for a plant to acquire an enormous amount of light and not just light from the side of your window. Remember the light has a massive and direct effect on your plant. The more they get the light that they need, the more they would grow excellently.
You need not worry about buying huge amounts of fertilizer since seedlings only need a tiny amount for them to germinate properly. Having a small amount of organic fertilizer would suffice.
Of course, the items mentioned above would come useless if there would be no seeds to be planted. It is essential also to take note that the seeds that you plan to plant indoors would still be sustainable if planted outdoors or if they will survive if they are being transferred. Make sure also to know further requirements of each seed to be sure that their maintenance is met with caution are care.
When sowing seeds, you should fill your tray with starting mix and lightly press down on it using your fingers. Do this until the pot is filled up to about 1/4” from the top of the pot. Then, proceed by sowing two seeds per pot, or one seed that are 1/2” apart if you are using starter trays. Don’t forget to label you pot afterward.
Lightly cover the sowed seeds with another thin layer of starting mix unless the seed packet says otherwise. Water the seed in a manner that they would acquire a little moisture does not drown them. After that, cover the pots or tray with clear plastic until the seeds germinate.
If the seeds have germinated, give them plenty of light and a small amount of fertilizer so that their growth will be great. Don’t forget to monitor them, and remember to water them just adequately.