What you need to know to grow strong seedlings

We have limited time to grow plants outdoors where we live. That’s why I want to start sowing seeds indoors as early as possible.

If you sow seeds indoors, you will have to pot them up after they have germinated and grow seedlings. When the seedlings are large enough to plant, they can be planted in the garden or in containers.

The most difficult part of the process is germination which can take a long time depending on the plant, or some plants can be difficult to germinate even under the right conditions.

Once germination has been successful, the next stage is seedling growth. They will not grow well after planting in the ground if seedlings are not strong enough .

It was only last year that I started to take seedling growing seriously, but I am learning little by little about growing seedlings.

I thought that we need to take care of them very carefully to grow strong seedlings. Sunlight and water are important for all plants, so I tried not to get them dry when I grow them as seedlings. 

However, I have finally realised that it was a mistake.  Once the seeds have germinated, it is better to keep them rather dry to ensure that they grow strong.

Some plants like water more than others. It is necessary to change the watering level for each, but no matter how the plant loves water, it will not grow strong if it is constantly over watered.

When you bought seedlings at a gardening centre, have you ever found that the soil in the seedling tray had dried out and the roots of the plant had been growing in coils in the tray? This is not because the gardener has been lazy and not watered, but because they have done it on purpose. 

If you give them too much water, their roots will not stretch themselves to reach the water. This slows down the growth of the roots.

On the other hand, if the soil is kept adequately dry, the roots will seek out water in the soil and grow rapidly. Ideally, the seedlings are growing so well in trays or pots that white roots are spinning round and round.

Today I transplanted the basil in our garden. I had tried to keep them relatively dry.

This is an amaranth seedling

It’s not the standard of a professional gardener, but I’m proud of how well the roots are turning.

Like human children, you can’t spoil them too much. If you spoil them, they won’t be able to survive after they go out into the wild and tough world.

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