MY SEED SOWING EXPERIMENTS

GROW FLOWERS FROM SEED
SEED SOWING METHODS

When i’d first discovered the fascinating world of gardening, like every newbie, i was over-enthusiastic about seeds. I’d scan the pages of popular gardening blogs day and night for seed sowing tips and remember being awed by the rows of seed trays, heating pads,germination pics,fancy grow lights, flashy seed packets and all that jazz. I was also naive enough to not know what was actually apt for my own location and climate and hence tried to imitate each of the techniques i’d read online about, failing as well as succeeding in the process!

GROW FLOWERS FROM SEED
SEEDLINGS GERMINATION

But well, life doesn’t come with a manual and you grow ‘n’ learn!!
I must have tried every technique under the sun that i’d read about and probably used all kinds of containers trying to figure out the best way to get seeds to germinate. I am also a bit proud of the fact that i did manage to succeed in most of these experiments!




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GROW LIGHTS
MY IDEA OF GROW LIGHTS – THEN. LOL

Here’s sharing snippets of my seed-sowing adventures..

SOWING SEEDS IN DISPOSABLE PLASTIC GLASSES
This is one of the mediums i still use. Plastic/Thermocol disposable glasses are great for sowing small quantities of seeds. They retain moisture well for summers. The downside: they are not really re-usable unless you take the pain of washing and storing, hence not very environment friendly.

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SOWING SEEDS IN PLASTIC FOOD BOXES
Larger surface area, hence more qty. of seeds can be sown but they are not very deep hence seedlings need to be transplanted earlier. also, they pose the same environment concerns as disposable glasses.

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GROW FLOWERS FROM SEED

 

SOWING SEEDS IN PAPER BOXES

This was started as a fun project but i quickly realized the benefits. One, the paper boxes can be made easily using newspaper and hence is a great way of recycling. Second,they are cost-effective. They hold up surprisingly well if made using layers of newspaper and are good for fast germinating seeds. The only thing is that you should keep them on a dry surface to prevent rotting from the bottom. Also, if you tend to kill seedlings while transplanting, make these in a smaller size and sow one seed per unit. Then, just plant along with the seedling wherever you want to. The newspaper will melt away without disturbing the roots. This is recommended only for non-edible plants. If anyone needs to know the process of making these, it is very easy and i will share if asked.

P.S. These are great for starting bulbs!

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SOWING SEEDS IN PLANTERS
This is my favorite most fuss-free method. Using medium sized planters allows me to sow one packet per pot and lets the seedlings grow roots nicely before transplanting. Also easy to handle and re-usable. Leftover seedlings bloom in the pots itself. Win-win! I also sow direct-grow seeds in larger planters and let them be!

SEED SOWING METHODS

GROW GERANIUM FROM SEED
GROW GERANIUM FROM SEED

SOWING SEEDS IN REUSABLE PLASTIC BOXES
This works the same way as disposable food boxes but re-usable and stay put for seeds that take longer to germinate. The ones with lids are great for sowing delicate seeds.

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SOWING SEEDS IN SEED TRAYS
This is the favorite method of serious growers and nurserymen, for all the right reasons. Though time consuming, this method minimizes seed wastage and allows each seedling to grow in it’s own space and hence develop a great root system. You can easily take one seedling at a time and even with uneven growing pace, the smaller ones are not lost to the bigger ones! Good for expensive/lesser qty. of seeds.

SOW SEEDS IN SEED TRAYS
SOW SEEDS IN SEED TRAYS

SOWING SEEDS IN PLASTIC TUBS
I still use this method for direct sowing vegetables on my terrace garden and it works great! The only things to take care of are drainage and amount of seeds sown. The root system develops well owing to great depth and any extras can be moved/thinned easily. Tubs also do not dry out quickly!

SEED SOWING METHODS

GROW FLOWERS FROM SEED

SOWING SEEDS DIRECTLY IN GROUND
I have had a lot of fun ( and back-ache!) doing this, diving the area into sections and all. If the seed-bed is made properly taking care of drainage, this is a actually a very successful method for both transplanting as well as direct sowing. The root system develops nicely as well. The downside? Rains can flood the seed bed if not raised and you will have a hard time saving the seedlings. Also, LOTS OF WEEDS!!

SOW SEEDS DIRECTLY IN GROUND

SOWING SEEDS IN ICE TRAYS
I did this because i just HAD TO. There were some spare ones lying around and i was in the phase of sowing seeds in just about anything! Maybe because i always wanted to be a scientist and hence loved over-experimenting! The seeds did germinate but i saw no point in using these. Not deep and less surface area. Good for one seed per division like a seed tray, but only to be used as a last choice!! Not recommended, just for fun!

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SOWING SEEDS IN MASALA CONTAINERS
I was constantly raiding the kitchen for silly ideas and this was one of them! They provide good depth and are OK for one seed per container but no point in using unless you already have some spare lying around and are obsessed with sowing seeds! Wouldn’t buy for this purpose though!

SEED SOWING METHODS

What is your favorite way of sowing seeds? Did you too have a lot of fun learning the process? Do share in the comments!

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8 thoughts on “MY SEED SOWING EXPERIMENTS

  • September 15, 2016 at 7:38 PM
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    Gosh! So much fun right? I haven’t experimented as much as you but I still keep trying different things. My favorite is growing in small planters. I always save the plastic containers after I’ve transplanted anything I get from the garden store. So I have quite a collection of them in varying sizes. I love the seed trays too. I’ve had best results with them. I tend to put my tray and containers in a shoe box. Not sure if that helps them or not.
    Do you cover your trays with anything?

  • September 16, 2016 at 7:54 AM
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    I keep those nursery pots too! Great for sowing seeds or giving away plants. I love the fancy procedure of using trays but so tiresome when you want to sow about 50 kinds of flowers! Also, imagine the number of trays needed!!
    I don’t usually need to cover in winters but for summers, yes. Unless kept in shade, pots dry quickly and need to be watered twice a day. Also, keeping seed pots in shade doesn’t allow seedlings to grow properly.

  • September 17, 2016 at 9:45 AM
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    That just made me go through my memories of last spring preparations.. Truly wonderful.. And there is nothing compared to the joy of fresh sprouts and seedlings… And then the constant care till the bloom time its such an amazing and self fulfilling experience…

    Till date I have tried with seed trays, food boxes, thermocol glasses, thermocol bracket boxes and other easily available junk. The seedling trays proved to be a disaster for me since it needs more watering compared to other media.. The mix used to be dry when I reached home from office.. The best worked for me till now has been sowing in pots covered with a polysheet. For transplants, I use thermocol glasses and the newly bought broader seed trays. The holes in these trays are wider therefore allowing more mix, more wetness, therefore better life.

    Cant wait the temp to drop.. Tracking each day.. The first batch of my petunia is up though and ready to transplant.. Waiting for mid oct for the full swing…

  • September 18, 2016 at 6:27 AM
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    wow you have petunia ready already! do share some pics.. I love to see germinating seeds too

  • September 19, 2016 at 6:16 AM
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    I wish could show but don’t know if this interface allows..

  • March 18, 2017 at 5:21 PM
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    One of the amazing blog i have seen..loved it. Want to know which one is better Plastic cups or Thermocol Cups?

  • March 21, 2017 at 6:22 PM
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    Thank you! I personally prefer thermcocol over plastic because of the slightly porous texture. They are also sturdier. Hope that helps!

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