Starting off plants from seeds can be a bit of a challenge. You have to start them off right or risk losing the plants ahead of time. This is why some people usually prefer to care for plants that are already pre-grown. If you’re going to try your hand at planting seeds, here are a couple of tricks and tips to get you started down the right path.
Store Them in the Fridge Overnight
We know, this one sounds a little strange. Trust us though; store your seeds overnight in the fridge. The reason for this is because you’re tricking the seeds. While they’re in the fridge, your seeds mistake the cold temperature for winter. When you take them out and place them in the ground, the seeds will think it’s spring. They will then sprout a little faster once in the warm soil and start to grow. Be sure to plant them in a warm spot soon after you take them out of the fridge. It will also help to make sure the soil is damp as well. This will further trigger the seeds that it’s time to come out and spread their leaves.
Start Them Early in a Greenhouse (Or Indoors)
When the months are still to chilly for you to start your planting outside, you have two options. Start a few seeds early in a greenhouse or indoors. This will give your seeds a head start because not only will they be warm, but they’ll be able to grow without the elements stopping them. So when the weather gets warmer, you’ll already have plants that are partially grown. Meaning you’ll be able to reap your harvest a little earlier that year than usual.
The Paper Towel Cheat
Do you have a lot of seeds that don’t germinate in the soil? If you’re having a problem with that, there’s a cheat for it. Get a damp paper towel and place it in a clear, plastic cup. Place the seeds you want to germinate in the cup. Only do a couple at a time and use different plastic cups for each type of seed you want to germinate. The damp paper towel will trick the seed into think it’s in soil, and will allow it to germinate. Some seeds won’t germinate no matter what you do, but this will at least give you a higher chance of seeds coming out of their shell.
It can seem difficult to get seeds to sprout at first. They’re a challenge because the conditions have to be just right in order for them to be able to sprout. Don’t worry if a few seeds still refuse to sprout even if all the conditions are right. There are always a couple of duds, but the ones that do sprout will make it easier to raise them. Special care will need to be given to your seeds early on, but once they’ve become full plants it will become much easier.
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