|Growing plants from seeds allows the gardener
to not only inexpensively produce many plants,
but it also allows the gardener to grow many
varieties of plants not locally available
by ordering from specialty catalogs. Seeds
can be started indoors weeks before the outdoor
growing season begins. |
Seed starting kits make growing plants from
seeds easy by providing everything the grower
needs for success. Most kits include sterile
containers for growing, trays for proper
watering from the bottom, and clear plastic
tops for the right humidity conditions. Starter
kits are usually available where seeds are
sold: at gardening centers, through catalogs,
Consider the following when buying
Some seeds germinate best with a little warmth.
Consider purchasing a special heating pad
that provides controlled bottom heat when
you buy your starter kit.
- Order your kit early enough to start your
seeds at the proper time. Depending on your
seeds, count back the number of weeks before
the date of the last average frost in your
- Consider your light source. If you want to
use a sunny window, make sure you can fit
the seed container on the sill. Larger containers
can be used under fluorescent lights suspended
a few inches above the seedlings. The lights
should be gradually raised as the seedlings
- Check to see if your kit includes a sterile
medium, such as soilless mix or peat, for
growing the plants.
- A good kit can be used more than once. You
should be able to wash the containers, bottom
trays, and tops in a weak solution of bleach
to kill any harmful fungi or microbes left
over from the previous seedlings.
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