When you just can’t wait to get your green thumb dirty again, but Old Man Winter is still lingering in your backyard, it’s time to try your hand at indoor seed starting!
The benefits to be reaped by starting seeds indoors are many. You save money by not having to buy transplants, it helps stave off the winter blahs, starts the growing season earlier, and you get the joy and satisfaction of watching your plant grow from seed to harvest.
With a little planning, a few supplies and tools, and this beginner’s guide, you’ll be on your way to successful indoor seed starting.
Seed Selection. Fresher, higher quality seeds from trusted sources will have a higher germination rate. Obtain seed catalogs from several companies and compare their offerings and prices. Tomatoes, peppers, kale, basil, marigolds, zinnia, and cosmos are especially easy to start and great for beginners.
Readying Containers. You can start seeds in almost any type of container that’s at least two or three inches deep with drainage holes in the bottom. Empty yogurt containers, milk cartons, and plastic six-pack flats are all great choices. And don’t forget to label them!
Picking a Potting Mix. Choose potting mix that’s made for growing seedlings. Do not use soil from your garden or reuse potting soil from your houseplants. Start with a fresh mix to ensure healthy, disease-free seedlings.
Planting. Plant your seeds according to the seed packet. Most seeds can simply be gently pressed into the mixture. You can use the eraser end of a pencil to do so.
Choosing a Location. When the seeds are first planted, heat is more important than light. After sowing, set the containers in a warm location. As soon as seedlings emerge, place in a bright location. A sunny window will do, but supplementing with artificial light will give you the best results.
Watering. The trickiest part of indoor gardening is giving the plants the right amount of water without overwatering. Strive to keep the mix moist, but not saturated. Think of it as a damp sponge that contains both water and air.
H-G Fulvic Food
Adding Nutrients. Begin using Hyper-Grow Fulvic Food one week after plant emergence to strengthen plant development and early root growth. Simply spray H-G Fulvic Food on plant foliage and soil every 7-14 days. Apply one spray pump per week from week two through week four. After week four, apply one spray pump every 7-14 days.
H-G Fulvic Food is a plant supplement designed to be used as a liquid feed for all plants. H-G Fulvic Food strengthens plant development and early root growth. Strong roots and ready to grow with H-G Fulvic Food!
Optimum plant development depends on a strong, healthy root system to support all plant growth stages. H-G Fulvic Food aids the plant by strengthening the plants development and early root growth. With care, patience, and H-G Fulvic Food, you’ll be the first one in town with fresh veggies and beautiful blooms when the warmer weather arrives!
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