Germinating seeds can seem a bit challenging but all it takes is preparation and patience. Some seeds take much longer than others to sprout. However, all seeds need moisture to become seedlings. Have no fear! This experience/research based guide is here! If you like this post or you’re interested in growing plants from cuttings, click here.
If you plan on using potted soil as your growing medium, in most cases you won’t have to separately germinate seeds if you maintain a high level of moisture in the earth that you’ve sowed your seeds. This doesn’t mean you can’t transplant your plants when they’ve sprouted as seedlings. However, for convenience it would be simpler to plant seeds in same pot that they will live their lives in.
Step 1: Pick your pot.
- The larger the pot, the larger your plant will grow so it’s important to consider how much space you’re willing to dedicate to this plant.
- It’s always a good idea to buy a pot with good drainage so that the plants don’t become susceptible to root rot. You can also poke holes into the bottoms of plastic pots, just enough to let most of the water flood out of the container. If you need something to catch the water, a deep plastic plate is a good substitute for what the expensive pots offer.
Step 2: Fill it with potting mix.
- You can buy potting mix at Home Hardware, Canadian Tire and almost any home improvement retail location. Wherever you found that pot, chances are that they have soil to fill it with.
Step 3: Planting.
- Now it’s time to plant! Seeds themselves are pretty resistant but seedlings are quite vulnerable. When planting seeds, it’s important to plant them very close to the surface; about ½ an inch deep. The intricacy and volume of the root structure is usually dependant on the size of the plant, so different plants may need more space if you plan on separating them at any point in time. The roots of different plants may grow together so the only way to separate them is to rip them apart from one another.
- To keep soil moist, you can take a piece of plastic wrap over the pot to cover the seeds and keep moisture in the soil.
- When the seeds germinate and you see sprouts beneath the plastic wrap, you should remove it and move the plant into the conditions it prefers as it reaches maturation.
Now you’ve got the basics down for seed germination. Happy planting!