3 Ways to Get Seeds Started Indoors
Seed propagation is how many plants reproduce naturally. It is also the process that farmers and gardeners use to be able to grow plants from seeds. When a seed matures in an optimal environment, it will germinate and actively grow, making for stronger and better plants.
There are a variety of ways to propagate seeds:
Paper Towel Method
Wet a paper towel and wring it, so it is damped and not soaked. Spread seeds out on paper towel and cover with another damp paper towel. Fold and place it into a partially opened Ziploc bag then allow to sit in a warm location (around 70 degrees Fahrenheit) for one week to germinate.
Egg Carton Method
Take an egg carton container and poke a drainage hole at the bottom of each egg cell. Cut off the lid of the egg carton and place it underneath so that it can catch the water that will drain out of the holes. Fill each cell halfway with potting soil mixture. Plant the seeds in the egg cells and water them regularly using a spray bottle. Allow to sit in a warm location (around 70 degrees Fahrenheit) for one week to germinate.
Plastic Bottle Method
Remove label from water bottle and cut in half then poke two holes on the bottom of the bottom half for drainage. Fill bottom half with potting soil mixture and plant seeds, covering with more potting soil. Place a tray underneath for drainage. Cut two slits into the top half of the water bottle. Water regularly and place top half over the bottom half to create a greenhouse. Allow to sit in a warm location (around 70 degrees Fahrenheit) for one week to germinate.
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