People are used to planting in the conventional way where seeds are sowed into a piece of land outdoors. However another, and a more practical way of planting can be done through the use of a seed tray.
Instead of directly putting the seeds in extreme conditions outdoors, where their survival may not be likely in some cases, it may be best to grow the seed in a seed tray first. Once it is strong and fit enough, it can then be transferred outdoors where you really want it to be.
To know more about how to sow seeds in a seed tray, read the steps below.
- Purchase your materials. You can get most, if not all of the tools needed for this project from any garden store.
- Choose the seeds. Depending on what you wish to plant, choose from the variety of seeds available. Make sure you choose one that can survive the type of weather condition in your area. Even if you grow the plant initially indoors, it will not survive outside if your weather is too harsh for it to stay alive. For instance, growing tulips in a tropical country will not be wise.
- Start tray planting. Lay your seed tray on a flat surface. Get your small hand shovel and place garden soil into the tray. Press the soil down gently. Then, spray some water in a spray bottle to moisten it a bit. Next, press your index finger down to create holes in the soil. The spacing of the holes should be uniform. It should not be too wide or too narrow. Add 2 seeds in each hole and cover it with a thin layer of soil. If your plant should cover the entire tray, fork the soil on the tray and sprinkle the seeds evenly all throughout the area. Fork it again to make sure the seed and soil makes contact. Pack the soil lightly using the hand shovel. Remember to only place one type of seed per tray.
- Water the seeds. Using the spray bottle again, water the seeds lightly. Make sure that the soil is properly moistened, but it should not create a pool of water on the tray.
- Care for the seeds until they develop their first set of leaves. Place the tray in an area with sufficient sunlight every day. Be careful not to direct the sunlight on the tray through. Filter the sun with some help from curtains. Water the plant regularly as well. Follow these until you see that the plant has developed its leaves. This would indicate that they are now ready to be moved outdoors.
- Transplant the seedlings. Dig the soil where your seedlings will be transplanted on. Moist the soil a bit before you carefully remove the seedlings from the tray using a fork or your hands.
Continue to water the plant regularly and make sure that its new place gets the proper sunlight that it needs to grow. In most cases, it is advised to fertilize your babies every so often. This will ensure stronger and faster growth.