How Do You Plant Flower Seeds?

How do you plant flower seeds? Flower seeds can be planted in an indoor garden or outdoor garden environment. A lot of people are intimated by anything from a seed whether it's a tree, a flower, or a vegetable....

A lot of people are intimated by anything from a seed whether it's a tree, a flower, or a vegetable. The most important thing when buying a packet of seeds is to make sure it is the right time of the year to plant them. If it's too hot outside, seeds won't germinate properly. Some seeds need light to germinate, so they need to be in the first quarter-inch of soil. If they are buried too deep they won't germinate. Having seeds that are old doesn't mean that they won't sprout. Seeds that have been found in 1000 year old tombs have been known to sprout. The older the seeds are, however, the lower the germination rate will be.

There are a lot of odds against survival. There are things in the soil that may eat the seeds before they get the chance to germinate. Once the young seed sprouts, it's possible that worms may eat the entire sprout. Weather conditions may occur making the seeds to dry so they won't germinate properly. It might be too hot or too cold, or if it rains too hard, the seeds might get washed away. When you buy the seeds, talk to the people working at the garden center. Ask them if the seed is easy or hard to grow or if there is a particular method that works best. Some seeds, like nasturtium, have such a hard outer shell that you have to soak them for couple of hours just like pasta or score them with little piece of sand paper.

I am a big fan of starting seeds indoors on a windowsill or under a horticultural light. That way you know you are getting rid of the harmful environmental factors. You can buy trays, get a good potting soil, water it right, make sure it has the right temperature, and once the plant sprouts, you dramatically increase its chances of. The nasturtium is an example of a seed that I tend to start inside just because it takes a few weeks to see a sprout. You'll have an idea what's going on with the seed if you can check on a bit.

On the other hand, some seeds are not good for starting inside, because they don't take the transplanting very well. For example, a lot of people like to plant fall vegetables like carrots or turnips. If you try to transplant any type of root crop, you might damage the root system.

The type of potting soil, or medium, is important too. Some plants prefer a sterile medium like a mixture of perlite and coconut core. Some seeds are very prone to different types of damping of fungus. A hardy tomato seed likes to be put in compost that's not sterile. The major point in this case is to find out as much about starting a particular plant as possible.

The nice thing about starting from seeds is that they are cheaper than sprouts. If you're a frugal gardener, packets may have 30 seeds for like $2 or $3. If you buy the plant you might be paying $3 per plant. With seeds, you'll have to buy little plastic trays or pots, but the cost is very minimal and you can reuse them.

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