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Need help with growing from seed indoors

Post  boffer on 3/24/2010, 3:25 pm

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The topic title is not my forte. I received this PM and thought everybody could learn from the responses. Thanks



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Re: Need help with growing from seed indoors

Post  momstitch on 3/24/2010, 4:43 pm

I tried about a month ago to start seeds indoors and failed miserably. For one, a month ago I didn't know about using vermiculite as a seed starter and two once I turned the plant lights on, I didn't water enough. I now have started some new seeds in vermiculite just like Mel says.
When the seedling needs water do I put the containers in a bath of water and let it wick up the vermiculite or do I use a water bottle and water from the top? Which is better?
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Re: Need help with growing from seed indoors

Post  ayanefan on 3/24/2010, 5:07 pm

I'd like to know also how to start seeds in vermiculite and how to add water and when. So I'm going to bump this topic back up.

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Re: Need help with growing from seed indoors

Post  momstitch on 3/24/2010, 7:09 pm

I just did this last night according to what Mel has said in his book. Use some margarine containers, cottage cheese containers (not the large ones), sour cream containers, that sort of container. Label your containers with name of seed, date planted and how many seeds used (usually between 10-20) Drill holes in bottom of these containers and fill almost to the top with vermiculite, shake it so it is settled.. Scatter your seeds on the vermiculite and then cover with a thin covering of vermiculite. Place filled containers in a shallow pan and fill pan up with 2" lukewarm water, the vermiculite will wick the water up and turn darker when it is water soaked. Removed water containers and let excess water drain out before putting them on a heating mat. Cover with a plastic cover of some sort until the seeds germinate.
I know how to start out but as my question states I don't know what to do after that as far as watering, so I guess we'll have to wait for that answer...
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Re: Need help with growing from seed indoors

Post  Patty from Yorktown on 3/24/2010, 7:18 pm

Hi,

Sounds like you need to water from the bottom. If your sprouts get a little wilty you can give them a light misting. I think you will need to put them into larger pots pretty quickly. No food in vermiculite. Hope this helps.

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Re: Need help with growing from seed indoors

Post  mckr3441 on 3/25/2010, 2:37 pm

I just moved some of my seedlings from vermiculite to soil this week. They had only their seed leaves.

I put Mels Mix in 4 pack peat pots then sat the pots in a little water until the pots and soil were wet. Then I "drilled" holes in the soil to the bottom of the pot using a sharpened pencil.

I held the sprout by its seed leaves while I gently pushed the pencil through the verm. and under the root and lifted. I used the pencil to encourage the root down the hole in the soil then pressed the soil around the root and stem. I planted the sprouts a little lower in the soil than they were in the ver as they were a tad leggy.

I sat the peat pots in wet vermiculite and will continue to keep the ver wet.

Tomorrow I'll try to post pictures of the process.

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Re: Need help with growing from seed indoors

Post  ayanefan on 3/25/2010, 4:17 pm

@mckr3441 wrote:
Tomorrow I'll try to post pictures of the process.
I feel like making a video of the process and putting it up on Youtube.

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Re: Need help with growing from seed indoors

Post  jenny-h on 3/26/2010, 7:55 am

So, I have a question about this too. I have started quite a few seeds, but used the little discs that you water and they get big. anyways, Is it ok that I've used these and not the vermiculite that Mel suggests? I started my seeds before I read that. I'm sorry if that's a stupid question, but I really want this to work out. Some of my seeds have really sprouted nicely! I can't wait for the weather to get warm! Unfortunately we got snow last night. I sure hope that's the last of it.

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Re: Need help with growing from seed indoors

Post  Patty from Yorktown on 3/26/2010, 8:43 am

Hi,
Your plants should do nicely in those little peat disks. I use those for most of my plants, except lettuce. For whatever reason lettuce did better in the peat pots with starter mix. After you get your first true leaves you will need to feed the seedlings. I also have a small fan pointed at the plants. It helps to prevent damping off disease. Have fun gardening.

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Re: Need help with growing from seed indoors

Post  titans01 on 3/26/2010, 4:28 pm

So I've had some seedlings growing for just under 2 weeks now and today I'm noticing what looks light mold growing across the top of the soil. Am I screwed with these plants or can they be saved by putting something on them or replanting them in different soil? I used a seed starting mix to start these.

Also I've had a Amish Paste tomato that has been up for 5 or 6 days but it's all stem. The leaves are still folded up. Is this normal and this is my first year trying to grow my own from seeds?

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Re: Need help with growing from seed indoors

Post  Patty from Yorktown on 3/26/2010, 6:29 pm

Hi,

I seem to have the same mold or green slim on my plants. It does not seems to be bothering the plants, so I am leaving well enough alone. I repoted some of my plants and they still seem to be fine. My tomatoes have done so well that some of them have grown into the lights. I may have to replant a few seeds, as the tops of the plants appear to have gotten cooked. Oops. This year has been plagued with odd problems. But spring is just around the corner.

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4 Pack vs. 9 Pack

Post  momstitch on 3/30/2010, 6:57 pm

Mel says to use a 4 pack when you are ready to move the seedlings from the vermiculite. All I can find is 9 packs will that be ok? What is the advantages and disadvantages?

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