If you’re thinking of starting plants indoors but don’t have a green thumb or have allergies, fear not. With the right guide you can grow anything from your favorite vegetables to beautiful flowers. Indoor gardening is becoming more popular for people who don’t have the time or energy to grow their own food. You can learn a few tricks and tips to help you start off successfully with indoor gardening and reap the benefits of fresh vegetables and other great benefits of growing your own herbs and flowers in your own home.
If you’re a newbie and are having trouble getting seeds to germinate, look over the internet for tips and advice on starting plants indoors and find a reputable source of quality seeds that are proven to germinate quickly. Your seeds should be easy to germinate with no water or heat involved. Most people use moist perlite mixed with vermiculite for their seed beds. Your seed sprouts will need good lighting, water and warmth and it’s best if you don’t overwater or else the germination will be delayed.
One of the first things many gardeners do when starting plants indoors is purchase an inexpensive indoor gardening kit. However, keep in mind that indoor gardening kits do not come with annuals or perennials. There are many sources online that have great indoor gardening kits, seeds and tools for less than $100. When choosing an indoor kit make sure you get a kit with multi-year annuals, biennials and flowering perennials. These will give you great success and save you money in the long run.
If you’re starting vegetable seed indoors, you should also do some research to see what kind of temperature will be good for your type of seedlings. Many seedlings like a warmer climate but you can also save big dollars if you grow your seeds inside. Some seedslings like cooler temperatures and they’re more difficult to germinate. If you choose correctly, you can grow year-round plants from seeds indoors.
Make sure that your seedlings are not exposed to too much light during the day or too much heat at night. Both can make your plants look bad. Another thing to remember is that you should only water your seedlings during the morning hours or you risk mistaking your seedlings for weeds. If you mistook your plants for weeds you would probably have a hard time harvesting them that way.
The best way to space your plants for growing is with trays. When you space your seedlings with trays, your plants will have different amounts of sunlight exposure throughout the day. Also, you’ll know exactly how much water and food your plants need without having to guess. You can buy electric or battery powered grow lights with trays so that you can easily space your seedlings and get the amount of sunlight they need.
Trays are a great idea for seedlings because they’re relatively inexpensive. You can buy some readymade trays from most gardening stores. Or, you can design your own to fit your indoor garden perfectly. Most of the time you can’t find true leaves on seeds because they don’t grow true leaves until they’re about 2 weeks old. So, you’ll want to start your plants with true leaves. If you do get true leaves on your seedlings after they’ve been grown for awhile, just gently remove them from the plant and store them in a plastic container for later planting.
You might also be concerned about germination and want to know how long plants will take to germinate. Many people mistakenly think that seeds need to be planted in hot weather to germinate. This is not true. Just because you’re starting your plants in a warm place, that doesn’t mean that they’re going to germinate immediately.