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How to Plant Tiny Seeds in the Garden

How to Plant Tiny Seeds in the Garden

How to Plant Tiny Seeds in the Garden

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Try to the seed tray somewhere warm, such as in front of a window with direct sunlight, in a cold frame or even near your central heating boiler initially (but move it once the seeds germinate, as they will need direct sunlight). Some people use airing cupboards when the seeds are first planted, then move the seeds to a sunny area once sprouted. You can also purchase a propagator and place it somewhere warm, then move to the sunny space once the seeds germinate.

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Tropical orchid seeds that appear as no more than a fragment of dust on the wind, these tiny seeds can require some special handling to get the best germination rates, seedling spacing, and productivity. From the tried and true to new ideas you may not have considered, this article will help you plant and When you're sowing very small seeds, there are any number of issues to overcome to get the seeds planted with the proper spacing. We've all had too many seeds fall out of the packet or our hand onto the garden soil. Though this is a simple fix with larger seeds such as melons, corn, squash, or beans, smaller seeds are much harder to pick out from the soil matrix of a well-prepared garden bed. Strong winds can blow the seeds right out of your hand, scattering them across your garden and making it difficult to pick out which plants are weeds and which have been inadvertently scattered. Once the seeds are planted, they require constant moisture and high humidity to sprout and grow successfully into strong plants. Though this may seem like a daunting list of difficulties, with a few tips, you'll be an expert small-seed gardener in no time.

Multi-purpose aids: Every household has any number of planting aids available that typically serve other purposes. A moist toothpick works well to pick up a single tiny seed and deliver it to the soil surface, where it can be gently scraped off onto the soil. Tweezers can be used to place individual seeds if you want the seeds to remain dry until they are watered. A folded paper, preferably of a stiff weight such as cardstock or a manila envelope, allows you to tap the paper to slowly move individual seeds down the fold to the soil. A teaspoon can also be used to limit the number of seeds falling to the soil within a particular area.Make a seed tape: Though we often think of seed tape as a commercial preparation, it's actually very easy to make a homemade seed tape. This allows you to have the ease of this type of planting without the limitations of available varieties from commercial seed companies. Cut strips of paper from a newspaper or paper towel roll, then make a mixture of one part water to four parts flour to create a paste. Dab the mixture onto the paper at the intervals recommended, then place a seed or two on each dab of paste and let it dry. This has the benefit of allowing you to handle the seeds in a controlled environment, where dropped seeds can be easily seen on a flat tabletop and no wind blows them out of your hand. The paper and paste will dissolve after planting, leaving the seed in place and perfectly spaced. (Source: www.theseedcollection.com.au)

 

 

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