Growing from seeds
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.