Planning to start your favorite seeds indoors? Great! Starting seeds is a rewarding and effective way to get a head start in your garden. However, once your seeds have begun to grow into small seedlings, sometimes even the most-promising sprouts don’t survive.
To help your seeds develop into healthy, vigorous seedlings, you might try adding a nutrient-rich potting soil in with your seed-starting mix.
Fill your sanitized containers halfway with a regular, nutrient-rich potting soil; then fill the pot the rest of the way with your sterile seed-starting mix. This way your seeds will sprout within the seed-starting mixture, which has the right texture and sterility for brand-new seedlings. Then, as the seedlings grow, their roots will push down into the fertile potting soil—which will give them a boost.
For more helpful tips on starting seeds, browse our propagation articles or check out some of these popular links:
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The Gardener’s A-Z Guide to Growing Flowers from Seed to Bloom is an indispensable reference to growing over 500 annuals, perennials and bulbs.
Learn the practical reasons from starting from seed in the informative hour-long workshop, Smart Gardening Online Workshop: It Starts with Seed Audio Workshop.
The Joy of Seeds is an easy-to-download and affordable guide featuring an assortment of articles specifically for starting seeds.
Download the Horticulture Smart Gardening Techniques: Seeds for insightful articles with step-by-step instructions for various seed-related techniques.
The Horticulture Smart Gardening Techniques: Soil is a great PDF filled with an array of great soil-treatment projects.