Alpujarras Update @ 9 Days ~ Seed-to-Seedling

It’s always a bit of a thrill to see seeds break through the soil. Witnessing things grow, to me, is a very powerful affirmation of life and of living.

This group of plants has had an almost perfect entry into the world. They’re fresh and green and healthy. Here are some pics I took early this morning:

From fresh seed germination should occur quickly. In this case germination was complete in 4 days.

It is not unusual to see sprouts break the surface in as little as 48 hours. Your conditions will play a large part in your success germinating seeds.

Your success germinating seed indoors is greatly increased when you:

  1. Use a finely textured, well draining, sterile potting mix. This eliminates many of the pathogens found in bagged soil that will devour a seed or young sprout. Fafard Super-Fine Germinating Mix is specifically formulated for germinating seeds.
  2. Provide adequate moisture. For young plants, over-watering is as bad as under-watering. Keep them moist, but not soggy. If you suspect that your water has a high alkaline content, have it tested or ask your local water utility to send you a report. Well water is notoriously alkaline. Alkaline water is bad.
  3. Grow in a container of the appropriate size and shape. Start your seeds in a pot that will allow for deep taproot growth and support growth for at least 30 days without your plants becoming root-bound.
  4. Provide adequate light. Seeds sprouted under inadequate light will stretch and become spindly. T5 fluorescent fixtures are, in my opinion, the best choice for germinating seeds indoors. Give young plants between 16 and 18 hours of continuous light for optimum growth.
  5. Commit to the process. Have a plan and anticipate problems before they happen. Grow with the intent of improving your skills and your understanding of what you’re doing.

These seedlings have not been fertilized except for the starter nutrient charge in the potting mix. On that the seeds can grow well for the first week or so until they will need to be fed again.

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