Congratulations! You now have lovely sprouted seeds, it’s time to plant them in the ground. Planting is always a HAPPY time!
You will need:
- 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
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Now, let’s start planting!
- Add drainage holes and fill cups up with soil. First, softly break up the soil with your fingers. Use your scissor blades to pierce drainage holes in the cups. Fill the cups with the fluffy soil and give the bottom of the containers a few taps. Don’t pack the soil but do fill to a half-inch from the top.
- Make a water solution. Add a teaspoon of Vegamatrix Grow to around four or five cups (1 liter) of water and stir thoroughly. Even though seeds don’t need much in the way of nutes, it’s still wise to have some food in the soil. When using a neutral soil, which has no nutrient charge in it, the additional nitrogen will make sure the seedling is happy.
Tip: Water before planting, if you wait until after, the seed might float out of position.
- Plant the seeds. Once the soil is moist, it’s time to plant our lovely germinated seeds. Make a hole roughly the size of your fingertip, you don’t want to lose the seed. Angle the taproot straight down into the ground. 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 should be 1/16th of an inch underneath the soil.
- Cover the cups. Make a lid with cling wrap, using a rubber band to keep it in place. Put four to five holes in the cling wrap. This set-up works like a terrarium and prevents the topsoil from drying. It will also slightly raise the temperature in the container which is great for the young seedlings.
- Keep the sprouts warm under a soft light. If you have a bank of fluorescents or T5s, they will be perfect, but a regular house lamp is also enough to tease out the seedlings. Place the cups under a light source, with a gap of 6 to 12 inches. Within 24 to 48 hours, you’re going to see the first set of green leaves.
- Let the sprouts grow forth! As soon as you see the green leaves, remove the plastic lid. Keep the seedlings under the fluorescents/house lamp for a good week or two before you move them to something more powerful, keeping them 6 to 12 inches from the light source. 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. 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. See you soon!