There is a certain allure to starting your own flowers and veggies at home. Now is the time when that should be happening because we are about 6 weeks away from the safe zone for putting flowers outdoors. As you contemplate doing this, here is a short list of things to keep in mind during this venture:
1. Use a seedling mix to start seeds because it is finer in texture and easier for microscopic root hairs to establish. Once their roots have established, transplant your seedlings into a high quality growing mix.
2. Temperature control is huge – if seedlings get too much heat, they will stretch and possibly become so leggy that they will not be able to hold themselves up. If the temperature is too high, ventilate to lower the temperature and if you have a small greenhouse, consider putting up a shade cloth as well to keep temperatures down.
Average temperature ranges are as follows:
- Germination temperatures should be kept in the range of 16–22C.
- Growing on once they have germinated should be kept a little lower – around the 16-20C.
3. Watering – for the most part, seedlings and transplants like to be evenly moist. None like to be soggy wet. Make sure the soil drains well without water pooling beneath the container.