Grow­ing from seeds

Matamata Chronicle - - Spring Has Sprung -

Seeds, like plants, need some es­sen­tial con­di­tions to achieve ger­mi­na­tion. These are: heat, air and mois­ture. Many plants are bet­ter started off in seed-rais­ing trays or con­tain­ers. This way you can con­trol the tem­per­a­ture, mois­ture, light, and the mix used to ger­mi­nate the seed.

Fol­low the in­struc­tions on the packet, es­pe­cially the guide to the plant­ing depth as plant­ing seeds too deeply can lead to the seed de­cay­ing.

As a gen­eral rule, most seeds should be sown in trays as new shoots are ten­der and small and can find it dif­fi­cult to push through the soil’s crust.

Once the sa­chet is opened, the seed is ex­posed to light, mois­ture and heat, caus­ing it to de­te­ri­o­rate. An opened packet of seed should be used within six months.

Use a seed rais­ing mix rather than a gar­den soil. These mixes are es­pe­cially for­mu­lated to a fine tex­ture to give the best chance of ger­mi­na­tion.Gar­den soil could con­tain soil-borne pest and dis­eases.

Wa­ter from the top us­ing a mis­ter. This will give you a finer spray and pre­vent soak­ing the seed. Keep the trays out of the sun but make sure they are in a warm spot. La­bel your trays.

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