People believe they can be successful in planting a garden and germinating seeds if they have green fingers. While some of us are undoubtedly more talented than others, anybody can become successful at gardening. The trick is to do it right!
A common mistake many rookie gardeners make is to leave the seeds scattered on top of the soil or planting medium and to forget watering them. We are all busy with very little time left at the end of a busy day that we can dedicate to our plants. Here's a quick method to ensure that your seeds all germinate in a short time.
The Grow Joy Method - Easy Guides To Successful Seeds Germination.
1. Look around your household to locate the items that are needed. Make sure you have the following items:
• An airtight plastic container
• Tissue paper
• Bottle spray
• Labels (optional)
2. Set up your growing medium: Place the tissue paper inside the container. Dampen the tissue using the spray bottle but be careful not to overdo it. We only need to dampen the tissue paper just enough for the seeds to stay still throughout the process.
3. Plant the seeds: Scatter the seeds inside the container on top of the damp tissue paper. Depending on the seed size, put around 5-10 seeds for small-sized seeds (vegetables & herbs), and 3-4 seeds for big-sized seeds (large vegetables & fruits) in one container. Arrange the seeds either randomly or group them neatly depending on your preference. Avoid overlapping the seeds and make sure there are gaps between them so that they can be easily separated during transplanting.
4. Attending to the seeds: Always be mindful not to under or overwater the seeds. Close the container by placing the lid on top. This helps to create a humid environment resembling a greenhouse and blocks any disturbance from the environment (pests, wind, or rain).
5. Place a layer of tissue paper on top of the seeds overnight: This method is to soften the shells of the seeds.
6. Don't worry about the closed lid: Seeds do not require carbon dioxide as much as plants do. They thrive by using their stored 'food' in cotyledons once they germinate. Place them somewhere with adequate sunlight. Keep an eye on the environment inside the container. Spray an adequate amount of water if it is dry. You don't want your seedlings to be thirsty, but you don't want to drown them either.
7. Transplanting: Once the seedlings are about 1 to 2 inches in height, transplant them to the soil. Before removing them from the container, wet the tissue for easy handling during the transplanting process.
8. Move your plants into a pot
You can move your plants into a pot after they have sturdy stems. Avoid putting them into the pot too early, as the stems can't withstand wind or rain. Place them in about 1 to 2 cm deep. If the tissue is moist enough for the roots to be separated easily, break them off carefully and place them at a distance according to the type of plant you're planting (1 foot for vegetables and 2 feet for bigger plants). If you're making holes, place around 2-3 seedlings into each, just to make sure that you can choose the best and healthiest plant later.
However, if you're afraid that you might cause injury to the baby roots, you can place the seedlings directly into the soil together with the tissue paper. Place the whole thing into the pot and make sure to cover the entire tissue with soil. Over time, the tissue will rot and can still spread downwards easily.
Seedlings attached to tissue are placed into soil. Water your seedlings slowly and top up more soil to cover the tissue if required. And there you go, as easy as that. By following the Grow Joy Method, you have every chance of germinating seeds successfully.
• Lower cost (does not require specific soil mix and sowing tray)
• Higher germination rate
• Controlled environment (not exposed to microorganisms and uncertain weather)
• Saves space (containers can be stacked up)
Be careful when handling young seedlings because roots can get tangled with each other and lead to root injury.If you are looking for any types of seeds, do visit Serbajadi Grow Joy Shop!
Do check out our gardening video about the Guides For Seeds Germination!