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seed germination equipment

Seed germination equipment

When it comes to starting seeds, it’s not always best to plant them directly into the soil of your garden. You can’t control the climate, weather, and temperature outdoors, so a sudden cold snap, heat wave, deluge, or frost could kill off your seedlings. Remember: seeds and seedlings are very delicate, and they are easily damaged.

  • Peat Pots – For those who want to go all-natural, peat pots are exactly what they sound like: pots made out of peat. You plant the seeds in the pots, and, once the seeds are grown into seedlings, you plant the entire pot into the ground. The peat will help to protect the seedlings from damping-off.
  • Flats – These are the classic seed-starting containers, and the ideal choice for those who are trying to get their basic garden off the ground. A “flat” is basically a large, rectangle-shaped container with lots of space for the soil and seeds. You may find that some of the seedlings’ root systems become intertwined, as there is no divider to separate the plants. Still, flats are easiest (and cheapest) for starting a lot of seeds.
  • Cell Pack – This is exactly like a flat, but the container comes with individual compartments. You fill the cell pack with soil, place the seeds in each compartment, and when the time comes to remove the seedling, it comes out in a neat little cube. They’re nice and cheap, not to mention available EVERYWHERE.
  • Soil Block – A soil block is exactly what is sounds like: a block of soil for you to start your seedlings. The blocks are usually compressed into cubes, and you just plant your seeds directly into those cubes. They tend to dry out more quickly than the other options, but they can be planted right into the soil of your garden without needing to remove the plant from a container.
  • Individual Containers – Instead of using a huge tray (flat or cell pack), you can always go the route of using individual containers and flower pots for starting your seeds. Paper pots, peat pots, soil blocks, and plastic pots are all options for those who want total control over the environment in which their seedlings grow.
  • DIY Containers – Plastic egg cartons make an awesome DIY cell pack, but you can use plastic yoghurt or pudding cups, paper cups, and even old milk cartons as containers for your seedlings. All you’ll need to do is cut holes in the bottom to ensure the water has a way to drain out!

Basically, any container that can hold up to two inches of soil will do the trick. You don’t want to use a container that will be damaged by water (such as egg carton), as you will be watering the seeds fairly regularly. That is why plastic containers serve as the best option for starting seeds, as they aren’t damaged by water.

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In addition to your seed starting containers, you’re going to need some kind of lid to place over the top of the container. This will keep the moisture trapped within the container, encouraging germination.
A tray will help to catch water runoff, so you should definitely place one beneath the container–especially if you are growing indoor.
Recommendation: Jiffy Peat Pellets. I LOVE these. You cannot beat the convenience of them. They expand with water and will easily fill up any seed starting system that you use.
You need to make sure that the soil in which your seeds are going to be planted is fertile, contains the right balance of nutrients, and has the proper pH balance to provide those growing seeds with a healthy environment in which to grow. To do that, you have to find the right seed starting potting mixes.

The reason that you need all the seed starting supplies listed below is because you want total control over the environment in which your seeds grow. By controlling the heat, light, and humidity of the seeds’ environment, you ensure that they have everything they need to grow into strong, healthy seedlings and young plants ready to be transplanted.

For most of us, starting seeds can either be full of joy or fear. Knowing exactly which seed starting supplies will work best is a great way to prepare.