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How To Grow Plants from Seeds

Updated on April 8, 2017
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Grow Plants From Tiny Seeds

Growing plants from seeds is a rewarding hobby.

It is relatively easy to grow plants and flowers from seeds; when the seedlings have grown to a suitable size they can be transplanted into pots or flowerbeds.

Watch them budding and growing into healthy plants, including vegetables such as tomatoes and lettuce.

Experience a sense of satisfaction that comes from growing your own plants, watching them as they reach maturity, something beautiful that you grew from seeds.

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From Seed to Plant

The cost of plant seeds is relatively inexpensive and usually a lot of seedlings can be grown from one packet of seeds. In many ways it's more rewarding to grow plants from seeds than from seedlings or established plants. You can watch them sprout and grow into seedlings then into fully grown flowers or vegetables or other types of growth.

Seeds can be purchased in packets from nurseries or even supermarket stores. First check on the packet that the suggested planting seasons' includes your current season; the one you're going to do your planting in.

Look for containers to plant your seeds in. These can be empty plastic containers or pots with drainage holes. Using a sharp pointed object, make some holes in the bottom of the plastic containers for drainage.

Look around for a suitable seed-starting mix. Choose one that is light in weight, with fine, smallish particles. Potting soil is often suitable to use. Add some water to the mix to create a fairly loose texture. Adding fertilizer is optional.

Pour the seed-starting mix into the containers: remember to read the planting instructions on the seed packets. Use a stick or other suitable tool to make indents or furrows for the correct planting depth and space them according to the instructions.

Place the seeds into the indents or furrows, not too densely, cover them with soil from your mix, pat the soil down; then add water. Large seeds can be planted individually in holes or spaced out according to the instructions on the packet, in furrows.

Some seedlings don't like too much sunlight so provide some shade if necessary. Indirect sunlight is best; the newly planted seeds can be kept inside for a few days. Take them outside for about 30 minutes a day, gradually introducing them to sunlight, then move them outdoors.

When they are big enough to transplant, water the seedlings then remove them by digging them out carefully; dig a hole deep enough in a flowerbed or plant pot to absorb their roots; place soil around individual plants, and pat the soil down.

Alternatively you can plant the seedlings directly into pots or flower beds and thin them out when they've grown to a suitable size.

Remember to water your plants and flowers regularly but never over-water them; wait until the soil has become just-dry.

Enjoy watching your plants grow from tiny seeds in the ground to flourishing blooms and growth.

Start growing plants from seeds today.


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      David Edward Lynch 3 years ago from Port Elizabeth, South Africa

      @kayenta: Thanks for commenting!

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      joann 3 years ago from utah

      Always love to garden but unfortunately do not have a green thumb.

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      David Edward Lynch 3 years ago from Port Elizabeth, South Africa

      @TolovajWordsmith: Thanks for visiting

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 3 years ago from Ljubljana

      Growing plants from seed can be useful and fun as well. We still have winter but eventually time for next generation will come:)

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      David Edward Lynch 4 years ago from Port Elizabeth, South Africa

      @othellos: Thank you for your comment!

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      othellos 4 years ago

      I learned how to do it from my late grandpa. Thank you for publishing this lens. It was an enjoyable read.

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      David Edward Lynch 4 years ago from Port Elizabeth, South Africa

      @julieannbrady: Thanks for your comment, sunflowers one of my favourites.

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      julieannbrady 4 years ago

      I had the pleasure of growing plants from seeds the past several months ... and I blogged about my sunflower garden. It is so inspiring to do this - to see that a little seed can produce an 8 foot plant with large blossoms.

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      David Edward Lynch 4 years ago from Port Elizabeth, South Africa

      @anonymous: I'm glad your plants are growing well, thanks for visiting my lenses and commenting here.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      We tried a fun project this winter - we planted Morning Glories in a pot by our large kitchen window. I strung up some string, and let them climb. They are now about 8 ft tall, and have had a new flower every few days :)

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      David Edward Lynch 4 years ago from Port Elizabeth, South Africa

      @getmoreinfo: Thanks for visiting my lens and for the comment

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      David Edward Lynch 4 years ago from Port Elizabeth, South Africa

      @gr82batnvol: Thanks for visiting and making a comment

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      gr82batnvol 4 years ago

      Thanks for the info. I just got into my organic garden last year.

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      getmoreinfo 4 years ago

      Great tips on How To Grow Plants from Seeds

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love gardening so here is something very interesting for me, Thanks :)