Updated: Mar 23
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Getting your garden ready for spring can be a bit of a challenge. The transition from indoor to outdoor, warmer temperatures, and longer days all start conspiring against you. Luckily, getting your seeds growing faster is one of the best ways to ease the transition. Are you ready? Here are 5 tips that will help get your seeds germinating faster so you don’t have to wait until spring to see new life sprout in your garden.
Store your seeds in the coldest part of your refrigerator.
It’s a little strange, but it works! The trick is to get the seed “caught” in the process of germination. The first thing that happens when a seed starts to germinate is an increase in temperature. If you keep your seeds in a nice and cool place, you’ll slow the germination process down. You’ll want to store the seeds in a dark place, like the coldest part of your refrigerator. If you’re unsure about the quality of your seeds, you can also treat them with a fungicide. Check the product instructions to make sure that it’s safe to use with seeds.
Make sure you have fresh, dry, and proper soil.
The most important thing you need to do to get your seeds growing faster is have them start in good soil. Good soil will have all the nutrients that your seeds need to grow and flourish, and it will be able to drain properly so it doesn’t get too wet or too dry. Put down a layer of newspaper or a clean piece of cardboard to keep the soil from getting too messy while you’re working with it. This will also make it easier to clean up once you’re done. When it comes to the freshness of the soil, you want to make sure that it’s not too wet or too dry. If the soil is too wet, it will be hard for your seeds to make their way to the surface. If it’s too dry, it will stay hard and won’t be able to soak up any of the water that you give it.
Use a seed starter.
If you’ve ever tried to grow seeds indoors, one of the most frustrating aspects was waiting for them to sprout. There are so many factors that go into how long it takes for seeds to germinate. If you have seeds that you’re trying to get to grow faster, it would be best to purchase a seed starter. That way, you can control the environment to make sure your seeds get the right amount of light and water that they need to sprout quickly. You can buy a seed starter at your local gardening store. Most seed starters come with a tray and a clear lid. The tray is where you’ll plant your seeds, and the lid will help keep them warm and moist. There are different kinds of seed starters, like ones that use a rockwool starter cube or a peat starter plug. Just be sure that whatever one you buy is for the type of plant you’re trying to grow.
Water thoroughly until water begins to drain from the bottom of your pot.
One of the biggest mistakes that gardeners make is watering seeds that are germinating too much. Sure, the soil might look a little bit dry, but that’s the point of it. When your seeds are starting to germinate, they pull water from the soil. If you water too much, you’ll end up drowning them before they have a chance to come up. Instead, wait until there’s a little bit of dryness. This will vary depending on the type of soil you’re using. You can also test the dryness of the soil by taking a handful and squeezing it. If the soil doesn’t stick together, it’s not ready to be watered.
Keep your plants warm and humid until they finally emerge.
You’ve gone through all the trouble of getting your seeds growing faster. Now that they’re finally ready to come up, the last thing you want is for the weather to turn too cold. If you’re in a climate that usually sees a big temperature drop, you’ll want to wait until later in the spring to plant your seeds. If you don’t, you stand a good chance of killing them. You can help keep your seeds warm and humid by putting something over the top of the seed starter. This could be as simple as a piece of plastic or a paper towel that you wet and then wring out.
Get out there now and enjoy!
Congratulations! Your seeds have finally sprouted! Now’s the time to get out there and enjoy your garden while it’s still in full bloom. Don’t forget to celebrate your seeds’ progress too. When you’re watching your seeds grow, you’ll start to see just how amazing the natural world is. You might even start to feel a little bit like this guy: If there’s one thing that gardening teaches us, it’s that there is still plenty of magic left in the world. So don’t forget to celebrate your seeds’ progress. You did a good job!
-Gardening with DAXMAN
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