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Seed Starting Indoors

Seed Starting Indoors
Starting plants from seed is an awesome and inexpensive way to get the specific plant varieties you want to grow. Seed starting indoors almost has the same requirements as growing plants outdoors: Light, Seeds, Soil, Water, and Food.

Seed Starting Indoors - Lighting
When you are seed starting indoors, the hardest element to provide is light. You can start seeds in a room or on a windowsill that gets a full days worth (at least 8 hours) of bright light. Most gardeners will supplement their seedling lighting with grow lights to simulate the full spectrum of the sun. Even then, your seed starting lights will need to be left on for 12-15 hours per day. This would help ensure that your seedlings will grow as strong and healthy as they would in sunlight.

Seed Starting Indoors - Seeds

When you are starting seeds indoors you need to decide what seeds to grow. With so many varieties of seeds, it’s tempting to want to try planting them all. Keep in mind that as your seedlings grow, they will need to be transplanted into larger pots . These seed transplants will take up more space. Buy seeds of plants that you want to grow in large quantities inexpensively. Contact local co-ops to join forces with other seed starters and arrange to grow and trade different varieties.  

Seed Starting Indoors - Potting Soil

Zamzows has excellent potting soils. Potting soil often has no soil at all in it. It's a mix of peat, vermiculite and other fluffy matter that has the properties of being water retentive and well-draining, because it doesn't pack down like garden soil. Potting soil is also free of diseases and insects that may be over-wintering in your garden soil.

Seed Starting Indoors - When to Start Seeds

Timing for seed starting indoors is always a bit of a guess. You will need to know when your last expected frost date is. Then check the seed packet to see how many weeks growth are required before setting outdoors. Count back that many weeks from your last expected frost date, to get an approximate date for starting those seeds. Different plants will require different timing, so use a calendar to make down when to start what.

Seed Starting Indoors  - How to Start Seeds & Cuttings

Planting the seeds is the easy and fun part. Starting seeds indoors is no different than starting seeds outdoors. Maintaining seedling indoors will take a bit more diligence though, since you can’t rely on rain and sun to do the work for you, and your seedlings will need the right nutrients to get off to a good start. But the effort is enjoyable, especially if you are snowbound or suffering from cabin fever.
While you are starting plants from seed, consider starting some plants from cuttings. Create more foliage plants from your existing houseplants. If you brought cuttings of bedding plants indoors last fall, you have a good chance that they are good and have grown large enough to take even more cuttings.

Seed Starting Indoors  - Self-Seeding Plants and Saving Your Own Seeds

If you saved flower seeds last Fall, toss directly in the garden this Spring. Some plants’ seeds need a period of chilling or even freezing, before they will germinate. Knowing when to seed outdoors depends on your climate growing zone.

Seed Starting Indoors - Pest & Problems

Keep your new seedlings pest free by keeping a close watch for insects. Since there are no natural predators indoors for pests like fungus gnats and aphids, disease can spread quickly through tender young seedlings and even onto your houseplants, which are susceptible to many of the same problems.
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By dandevarona on 2/4/2010 |
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