Growing Plants From Seed
You can buy “ready made” plants in a store, but it can be much more fun to grow them yourself from seed. The magical phenomenon of a seed’s germination and transformation into an adult plant is entertaining for both adults and children alike!
Is it easy to grow plants from seeds?
Seed sowing is a basic horticultural skill. Many flowers, trees, and vegetables are easy to grow from seed if you take a little bit of care. Minimal equipment is needed and all you need to do is provide the basic requirements for germination; warmth, moisture and oxygen.
One obvious advantage of growing plants from seed is that it is much cheaper than buying them. Also many plants produce lots of seeds which can easily be harvested and sown, and you can collect more seeds than would ever be included in a store-bought packet.
What you’ll need:
- the seeds themselves
- containers: you can use discarded plastic cups, trays or boxes
- seed compost (potting soil made especially for starting seeds)
- a spray mister (empty spray bottles are ideal)
How to Sow Seeds in 10 Easy Steps!
- Collect or buy seeds.
- Find some trays or pots (see notes below about drainage).
- Fill the seed trays with seed compost (seed starting potting mix).
- Moisten the surface of the compost.
- Sprinkle the seeds evenly over the compost.
- Cover the seed tray to keep it dark and moist and place the seed tray in a warm place.
- Uncover the seedlings once they germinate (sprout).
- Transplant the seedlings into smaller, individual pots to give them room.
- Keep transplanted seedlings in the shade.
- Plant them out into the ground (or wherever you want the plant to live) and enjoy!
Read on for more detailed info!