In general, like with nature, most of the trees are "sown" during autumn. This allows the seeds to go through the natural process of Stratification - in which the seeds are going through the cold season of winter, getting ready and preparing to sprout during spring.
When you sow and grow indoors, you can basically manipulate the natural process and control the different climate and surrounding of the plants.
You can sow your seeds at any time of the year as long as you carefully follow the instructions on how to keep them in the right temperatures and surroundings.
If you'd like, you may store the seed packets in a cold place for 1-2 weeks prior to sowing them, to mimic the cold season which could increase the germination rate. It is not crucial though as most of the seeds will germinate quite easily even without stratification.
Before you begin the sowing process, you will need to make small scars on the outer seed coating.
Use a pair of small scissors or a small knife to gently scratch just a little of the outer surface of the seed coating. Just making some small scratches should be enough. This is to allow the seeds to sprout out more easily.
After about 3-4 days the first seedlings should begin to appear. At this stage it’s recommended to start exposing the plants to indirect sunlight. After they reach about 1 inch in size- start exposing it to direct sunlight for 30-45 minutes a day. Keep watering checking the soil daily. Make sure not to expose the plants to too much heat or cold.
If you are leaving in an environment that is too hot or too cold, try the following techniques to help control temperature around the plants:
1 . Place the plants on top of the fridge or beside an electric device that generates heat.
2. Heating mats- an affordable solution to maintaining the soil at the ideal
temperature during the colder months, and designed specifically for seed starting.
You simply place your pot on the mat, and set the mat to the desired temperature
There are some great options for Heating Mats on Amazon. Only buy a product
with an MET Safety Certification! The price range should be between $10–$30 US.
3. You can use grow lights, which are great for both providing enough light to your
plants, and can keep the soil temperature at the desired levels.
There are some great options for grow lights on Amazon. If you do buy grow
lights, there is no need to spend more than $25 US.
When choosing grow lights, it is recommended to pick a product with 3-5 dimming
levels, and with flexible timer options.
Grow Lights provide Blue Light and Red Light which are used in different stages
of the growth period. If you decide to purchase, we recommend you adequately
research how to optimise the effect of your grow lights.
4. Create a mini greenhouse from clear plastic drink bottles. Simply cut the bottle in half using sharp scissors, then place the top half over your plant. Keep the lid off on sunny days, and place it back on when cold weather is forecasted.
A similar effect can be achieved by placing clear foil over the plant on cold days. Be sure not to leave it on for too long, as without ventilation, mold will form.
If your seeds didn't germinate, and you believe you've done all the steps as instructed, you can first have a try with the extra seeds you saved aside. You can use the same soil that you used, only make sure it is not too wet when you sow your new seeds.
If you did not save any extra seeds and used them all in the first try- don't worry, we're here for you! Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know which seeds did not germinate and we will be glad to send you another seed packet along with some more guiding points to have another try and get the best out of your Natureit experience!
Don't Panic! Mold is natural and might be caused due to the soil being too wet or the plant is located in an area that is not ventilated enough.
If you find mold growing on your plants, gently remove the mold and do not water your plant for 1-2 days. Relocate the plants in a well ventilated area and allow the soil to dry out a bit.
Also make sure you do not over-water the soil and try to expose your pots to slightly more indirect sunlight. You can rotate your pots every day or two so they will receive an even distribution of sunlight.
If you really want to go the extra mile, you can try adding add a little natural anti-fungal to your soil. You can sprinkle Apple cider vinegar or baking soda on top of your soil. This acts as a natural anti-fungal and keep mold from growing and won't harm your plant.
Seeds will use most of the nutrients in the soil when germinating. They will then continue to get their nutrition from the first leaves that are emerging from the sprout.
Once the plant becomes big enough, it will need to get more nutrients from an outer source to help it grow stronger.
We recommend using liquid fertilizers, or water soluble plant food. It is very common and easy to get with a simple online search.
You should always read the instructions for the fertilizer you decided to use, as each kind will have different dilution quantities and different feeding frequencies, according to different stages of the growth.
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