Of course, you can get ready-grown seedlings from the hardware store. But those who like to experiment let the seeds germinate themselves either vegetable seeds or fruit seeds. Whether you were born with or without a green thumb, if you pay attention to a few basic things when germinating, (almost) nothing can go wrong when sowing the seeds. Here are five wonderful tips for beginners:
Germination Seeds – Tip 1: Chamomile Bath
A chamomile bath shortens the germination time. Soak the seeds in chamomile tea for twelve to 24 hours. The tea should not be more than lukewarm. It is enough if the seeds are covered with liquid. Larger seeds benefit more from a chamomile bath than smaller ones, as fine seeds sprout faster anyway.
There are separate germination trays for germination. However, it also works with normal water glasses. After the chamomile bath, simply pour the seeds and tea into a fine sieve and let them drain.
Tip 2: seeds in or on the ground
Probably the trickiest decision is whether the seeds belong under or on the ground. There are basically two main types of seeds : dark germs & light germs.
Dark germs don’t like direct sunlight. The seeds should be covered with enough soil. The dark germs include z. B. coneflower, corn, carrots, beans, pumpkin, peas.
Light germs need direct sunlight to germinate. Small and fine seeds that can be carried away by the wind are usually light germs, such as chamomile, basil, lemon balm, peppermint, dill.
Tip 3: earth and water
Next, the seeds need food . It is best to use seed compost when planting ( peat-free organic seed compost is available in a 20 kilo sack * ) . Especially at the beginning, the plants should look for the nutrients themselves. This creates stronger roots. Even an egg carton is sufficient as a saucepan. Press the seeds lightly, then moisten with a spray bottle. But don’t flood.
Do not use too many seeds and do not place too close together, otherwise there will soon be a lack of space in the small egg carton. Usually more germinates than expected and two to three seeds would have been enough.
Tip 4: warm and sunny
Fine seeds in particular like it warm and sunny. Many seeds only germinate from a temperature of 15 ° Celsius. Therefore, you can use the time in March and April to grow your own plants in the apartment. In addition to the correct location, it is also important that the seeds are regularly moistened.
If you don’t have such a warm place to germinate, you can cover the seeds with cling film. The film acts like a greenhouse and ensures that the seeds are moist and warm.
Tip 5: wait, hope and don’t be surprised
Then it gets exciting. Which seedling appears first? Winner on my first try: oregano first, thyme second. Both herbs germinated from very fine seeds. Interestingly, the sunflower sprouts showed up very quickly despite the thick skin.
Still, don’t be surprised if everything doesn’t work out. There are seeds that can be sprouted for a long time or not at all. I waited between two and three weeks for the lemon balm, catnip and sage. The peppermint has not shown itself even after four weeks.
When the seeds have formed the first correct pair of leaves, you can start repotting. Sunflowers that grow tall very quickly are happy to have support, even if they are just improvised.
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