Whether you're a seasoned gardener or a beginner, starting seeds is never easy – there are always problems that arise! Starting seeds indoors has a few advantages such as to get a head start on the gardening season and prevent possible destruction to the plants due to frost. But whatever your reason for starting seeds indoors, expert gardeners always recommend that you do so! We've compiled a list of the best tips for starting seeds so that next time you're planting, your seedlings WILL make it all the way to the great outdoors!
Best Tips for Starting Seeds
Most seeds start germinating at soil temperatures between 75F and 85F. If your home isn't that warm, you can always purchase heating pads for plants. These heating pads are simply placed underneath the plant trays, making sure that your soil is nice and warm. Another variation is to place your plants on top of your refrigerator which gives off some heat, keeping them nice and warm. Finally, cover the seed trays with plastic wrap to keep warm and trap in moisture.
#2. Soil-Less Starting Mix
There are tons of growing mediums for starting mix, but you can easily make your own starting mix and save a ton of money! Combine equal parts peat moss or coconut coir fiber, finely screened compost or vermiculite. Mix well and store in an air-tight container.
One of the most common and popular container methods are the commercially sold cell packets, which are plastic trays that contain small and individual compartments for each seed. Peat moss pots are another great choice for starting seeds as they keep the moisture in very well. You can also make simple homemade versions such as recycled cardboard or plastic cups and even citrus rinds. Just don't forget to puncture a few holes at the bottom!
Last but not least, your seedlings need a lot of light. If your window sill doesn't receive much light, you'll need to purchase some grow lights. Unfortunately, grow lights can be quite pricey, but you can easily make your own using a PVC pipe and an old fish tank light.
So now that you're equipped with the best tips for starting seeds indoors, it's time to get to planting!