Tuesday, June 26, 2012

How to Plant Seeds Indoors:

Kiwi fruit seeds
Photo by Frank Vincentz

How to plant seeds indoors depends strictly on what you're going to do with the plants once they come up.  The first thing that you should do though is find a sunny window in your house and that is where you ultimately will put the seeds once you've planted them in a seedbed.

If you are intending the plants to be transplanted outdoors it is usually enough to sow the seeds in the large flowerpot with planting soil.  Indoor plants are usually planted one seed at a time in a small flowerpot

For seeds it then planted in a large flowerpot as a seedbed once the plants are up and about an inch tall you can transplanted into a tray capable of having several different recesses made of plastic.  In some cases as many as six plants are placed in a single recess in the planting flat.  Other plants are placed one other time in small flowerpots.

In all cases the seedlings are initially transplanted into potting soil that has been fertilized usually with a product called Rapid Grow or a similar product. Allow the plants to grow in the growing flats until they are about 4 to 5 inches tall when they can then be transplanted into your regular garden.

No matter what else you do you have to start with clean containers to plant your seats in.  You must also provide an adequate amount of light for this can begin by setting your planters on a windowsill where they get natural sunlight.  It is often necessary to supplement this light with a so-called growing bulb that mimics the light of the sun.  With one of these lights it is often necessary to leave the seedlings under the light for 10 to 12 hours a day.  Keep in mind that as your seedlings grow they are going to require new Pots told them, or have to be planted outdoors.

There is such a wide variety of seats available on the market that is often difficult to make a choice of what you want to grow.  Too often the amateur gardener must've tried them all and quickly finds out that there is enough room in his house for them.

Another difficult thing to determine is when is the latest frost date in your area, and you want to start the seeds so that they will be ready to be transplanted after the last frost.  A very handy way of getting the right time is to mark down the date of the last frost on the calendar and plan accordingly by using the calendar as a guide.

A handy way to handle small seedlings is to make yourself an improvised trowel from a pen nib that is stuck into holder with the pointed end up solo was sticking out of the pen holder looks like a miniature trowel.  This is a technique the author became familiar with from operators of commercial greenhouses.

If you find that after a few days after coming up your plants are infested with some kind of pest act quickly because there are no natural predators for these pests indoors.  Aphids and mealy bugs are the most likely to attack your plants in an indoor setting although fungus another plant diseases are also possible.  A pest can go through a tray of seedlings very quickly and even spread to your normal indoor plants.

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