To see healthy plants and veggies adorn your garden, it’s essential to understand what goes into the process. It’s not easy. But it’s most definitely worth it. Not only do you own a bright and colourful garden of your own, but you also have a good supply of organic food for your kitchen.
First and foremost, decide what you want to do with your garden before the beginning of the new season. Get a head start. It will help you use your resources well. And you will be able to harvest more throughout the season.
Start with your seeds, consider what plants you want and how long they take to germinate. Study if they have special requirements and whether you can fulfil them.
For more convenience, you can purchase your vegetable seeds online.
Many websites also offer information about each plant and its requirements that can help you turn your vegetable seeds into healthy vegetables that can feed you for the season.
You can refer to charts online to get the information you need on the various vegetable seeds.
Through this blog post, you can get a basic understanding of what elements can affect the sprouting time of different seeds and how long each takes given the ideal conditions. Read on to get some helpful vegetable garden care and maintenance tips for yours.
What factors affect the sprouting time of seeds?
Typically, most of the vegetable seeds take around one to two weeks to sprout. Other plants such as mini tomato, rosemary, or chilli pepper can take up to 3 weeks. But some could take longer. It depends on the plant, its requirements, and how well those requirements are met.
So how do you trigger germination after you have sown your seeds? Fortunately, most of the seeds have similar needs and can be treated in the same way. The right temperature, amount of water, and light they need must be considered. An average temperature between 18 to 24°C (which is 64 to 75°F) works best for most of the plants.
More than anything else, you should look at the conditions in your area. See how much natural sunlight and heat can your plants receive, and how much will you have to provide artificially. It’s better to be prepared than find yourself blindsided halfway through.
In nature, seeds go through dormancy in winter and sprout in spring. Warmth provides a more conducive environment for the seeds to germinate. Hence, temperature naturally becomes a trigger.
The seeds need to soak up enough water to expand themselves. The pressure built by the water inside the seed pops open the seed’s casing. It causes the seedling to sprout.
However, you shouldn’t flood your seeds with excess water. Just give them enough to absorb as and when they need it.
Lack of light stops photosynthesis in plants. With no food to support the growth, the plant eventually shrivels and dies. So, either you make sure the seeds are sown in a place where they can get enough natural light, or you can provide them with artificial lighting. You can easily find the apparatus online.
How to fasten the process?
Many tricks can help you fasten the process of germination.
When dealing with larger seeds, they require more pressure to crack open from the hardcover. It leads to delayed sprouting. To avoid the wait, gardeners often make a slight cut in the seed. It makes it easier for the seed to open up.
Another trick is soaking up the seeds overnight before they are sown. That way, the seeds can immediately start the process of sprouting. It works best when the seeds are less.
You can also check whether your vegetable seeds will sprout even before you sow them and wait for the leaves to come out. Place them a moist piece of tissue paper and put them in a warm place for a couple of days. Afterwards, you can check which seeds you can plant.
But make sure to store the seeds in a cold, dark, and not too wet or dry environment. Maintain the temperature somewhere between 5 to 10°C. Higher temperatures can dry the seeds. Many vegetable seeds also require a certain cool dormancy period to register the heat. So it’s important to double-check these things.
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