Tips on growing plants from seeds

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Seed types

Gardening is a fairly easy hobby but when confronted with all the different sizes and seed types it can feel overwhelming. There are extremely tiny wormwood seeds, tiny thyme seeds, and the large beans we commonly plant. To be an effective gardener it is important to do as much research on the plants we grow. This will help to have a greater success. This will be a brief article to give you a rough idea on how to sow seeds based on their size or type. We don't always have the time to do research on each type of seed we plant.


Germinating seeds


There are a fair amount of seeds that require light to germinate - especially herbs. If a seed is very tiny, how deep do you imagine it would have to be buried? It probably shouldn't be, or only very lightly covered. A major reason for burying seeds outside is to protect it from the elements, from washing or blowing away, and to hide it from animals, such as birds or chipmunks. But sunlight can penetrate through the soil only so far.

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The tinier the seeds the more likely it should be surface sowed. Especially If growing seeds indoors it may be best to surface sow the very tiny ones, as the light available inside is greatly reduced. Just give them a light covering of soil if sown outside. Even something much larger, such as a bean, doesn't have to be buried so deep, a half an inch will be more than enough for it. A bean can just as easily be sown in full sunlight but the animals would be sure to get it.

When preparing the soil outside for tiny seeds, be sure to thoroughly wet the soil, and then surface sow the seeds and gently press them onto the soil, then lightly cover them with sphagnum peat moss. Lightly water it again to be sure to get the seeds firmly against the soil. Keep the soil moist but never soggy. Most of the common vegetables and herbs we eat are easy to grow and you shouldn't be too worried about trying to grow them from seeds. Sometimes the instructions, or even many times, they are vague and generic, and many people end up burying the seeds to deep. If you avoid this one mistake you can be a lot more successful in your gardening attempts. And you never want to keep the soil soggy as the can disintegrate your seeds. Just keep the soil moist.

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tebo 5 years ago from New Zealand

Thanks for the useful information contained in this hub. Planting depth is something I am not always sure of especially with seeds.


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Kris Heeter 5 years ago from Indiana

Have you tried growing succulents from seed? I'm looking for someone with some expertise in this area to as a few naive questions!


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Durant 5 years ago from Canada Author

I haven't tried succulents yet. Something like Aloe ferox, that I sell on my website, can take up to several months to germinate, and it needs to be kept warm.

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