Growing seeds indoors doesn’t have to be a hassle. By avoiding these five common mistakes you will have a much better chance of having success on your planting endeavors! Here’s how to avoid the common pitfalls of planting seeds.
5 Common Mistakes When Planting Seeds
Lack of Light: Seedlings need a lot of light. But even if you don’t have enough light, you can always use artificial light. You could get some grow lights, developed specifically for plants, or get some large fluorescent shop lights and put in one warm bulb and one cool. Hang the lights from chains so that you can raise them up as your seedlings grow. Try to keep the lights as close to the seedlings as possible without touching, probably about 2 to 3 inches. After your seedlings appear, you should keep the lights on for 12 to 16 hours a day.
Too Much or Too Little Water: If you give your seedlings too much or too little water, they’re done. This is probably the most challenging part of growing plants from seeds. Seedlings are delicate, so there’s little room for error when it comes to watering. Your seedlings should be damp, but not wet. Here are some ways to help you get it right:
- Cover your container with plastic until your seeds germinate.
- You should water from the bottom for less of a chance of over watering.
- Check on your plants at least once a day.
- You may want to invest in a self-watering seed starting system.
Starting Too Soon: Lots of plants don’t like cold weather – exposing them to it will stress them out, making them more susceptible to pests and disease. Plants are typically ready to go outside four to six weeks after you start the seeds.
Planting Too Deep: Some seeds need complete darkness to germinate while others like some light. You’ll find this information on the seed packet. However, the rule of thumb is to plant seeds twice or three times as deep as they are wide. This can be difficult to figure out, so if you’re unsure, opt to plant them shallower.
Labeling Issues: Labeling will help you remember where you planted what plants. Get popsicle sticks and write the name of the seeds and the day you planted them in permanent ink (Sharpies are your best friends). Then, stick it in the soil next to the seeds you’ve planted or label by row. Simple as that.
Now that you’re seeds are planted, it’s important to make sure you are prepared for anything, including bugs and plant diseases. To help prevent or treat these issues, a fungicide/pesticide, such as Pure 3-Way, is the perfect solution. Not only will this product keep your plants healthy, but it’s natural ingredients will keep you and your loved ones safe in the process!