you get lucky and you plant a seed, give it a bit of water and it
grows. Other times it takes more effort to get things growing.
Remember that each seed variety germinates at a different rate.
Example: Beans can take as few as 5 days to germinate while tomatoes
may take up to 14 days. Cabbage can germinate in as few as 5 days and
peppers typically germinate in 10-14 days.
Soak your seeds. Not all seeds should be soaked. I prefer to soak
seeds like peppers, squash and tomatoes. Soaked seeds tend to
germinate quicker after a 12-24 hour soaking. I soak beans for only 3
hours before I plant.
3. Water. It is important to keep your soil moist but not
drenched. Standing water is a no-no for germinating seeds. On the
other hand, if you let your soil completely dry out you might kill the
delicate germinating seeds.
4. Soil. For smaller seeds, delicate seeds or sometimes just because, I use Coconut Coir Pellets
for seed starting. We use Coconut Coir because it is not acidic like
peat moss. I know that the soil has not been contaminated with
soilbourne fungus or disease AND Coconut Coir pellets make transplanting
simple and easy. When transplanting your seedlings in pellets I place
the entire pellet into the ground or soil-filled container and cover
with dirt. EASY!
Warmth. Seeds and seedlings should be kept warm during germination
and growth. Some people use grow lights. I use my laundry room where I
have plenty of natural light and no air conditioning.
If you're growing seedlings
indoors, they might have been pampered all winter/spring. Aside from
the random cat attack or possibly too much watering, they have been
relatively safe compared to the dangers that await them in the great
Hardening off gradually
exposes the tender plants to wind, sun and rain and toughens them up by
thickening the cuticle on the leaves so that the leaves lose less
water. This helps prevent transplant shock; seedlings that languish,
become stunted or die from sudden changes in temperature.
Time to transplant this squash seedling!
off times depend on the type of plants you are growing and the
temperature and temperature fluctuations. So be flexible when hardening
off your seedlings and be prepared to whisk them indoors if there's a
late freeze and snow.
everyone grows seedlings indoors. Even some of my seedlings that were
grown outside needed to be acclimated to their new are before being
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include many species of fungi, like mushrooms. They all have long
filaments that resemble roots, and they grow near plants with which they
can share a beneficial relationship. They seek out plants that have
tiny bits of food dripping from their roots. They then attachthemselves to the plant and extend their filaments into parts of the surrounding soil that the plant can't reach.
The difference in roots is amazing!
A plant would soon exhaust its small
area of surrounding soil of nutrients, but with the help of
mycorrhizal fungi, plants benefit from nutrients and moisture found
further from home. In addition, they produce glomalin, a glycoprotein
that helps stabilize the soil.