Welcome to Grow Your Own with Kyle Kushman!
Congratulations! You now have lovely sprouted seeds, and it is time to plant them to the ground. In this episode, I’ll show you how to do it right using three germinated seeds and these easy-to-find materials:
- Plastic soda cups (one seed per cup)
- Vegamatrix Grow
- Plastic cling wrap
- Rubber band (one rubber band per cup)
- Neutral soil
- 1 liter of water
Once you already have the needed supplies, let’s start planting!
- Fill soda cups up with soil and put drainage holes. First, break up soil clods or clumps by softly mashing it with your fingers. Then, fill the cups with the fluffy soil and give the bottom of the containers a few taps. Don’t pack the soil and leave a half-inch from the top. You also need to put a couple of holes at the bottom for drainage using a scissors blade. This ensures there is no free-standing water at the bottom of the cup.
- Make a water solution. Put a teaspoon of Vegamatrix Grow onto one (1) liter of water, then stir thoroughly. Seeds don’t need much, but you still need to make sure there’s some nutrient in the medium. I’m using a neutral soil, which has no nutrient charge in it, so I’m giving it a bit of nitrogen to make sure that the sprout is happy.
- Note: Watering after putting the seed in may cause it to float out of position, so do this before planting. You also won’t have to water again until you see green leaves coming up to the plastic.
- Plant the seeds. Once the soil is all moistened up, it’s time to plant our lovely germinated seeds. Very carefully pick one up and angle the taproot straight down into the ground. Make a hole roughly the size of the taproot because you don’t want to burry and lose the seed. Put it right in the center, so it’s standing straight up, and move the soil around it to build a tiny little mound. This way, you always know where the tiny seed is. The seed shell should be 16th of an inch underneath the soil.
- Cover the cups. Rip a sheet of plastic cling wrap, use it to cover the entire brim, and put a rubber band over the wrap to keep it in place. Put four to five holes on all of the covered cups using a scissors blade. This works like a terrarium, and it prevents the topsoil from drying. It will also slightly raise the temperature in the container to more of a jungle type terrarium temperature, which is good as sprouts like warmer temperatures.
- Keep the sprouts warm. Germinated seeds do not need lights yet. However, the heat from the lamp keeps them warm. If you have banks of fluorescents or T5s, they would be perfect. Put the cups under the light source, with a gap of 6 to 12 inches, and leave them on for 24 hrs. Within 24 to 48 hours, you’re going to see the first set of green leaves.
- Let the sprouts grow. As soon as you see the green leaves, you must take the plastic off. This is when you have to make sure to feed them properly and give ample light. They should stay under fluorescents for a good week or two before you move them under something more powerful. Also keep them close to the fluorescents.
The seedlings can stay in the cup for a week or two, but this, of course, depends on how fast they grow. They need to at least get a couple of inches in height. I would transplant to a larger pot when they are 3 to 4 inches tall or when they start showing their second or third set of leaves.
In episode 8, I’m going to show you how to feed and water your plants. Catch you later!