Growing Seedlings in the House – Problems in Transferring to the Garden

Q. Why are my kitchen-window-grown plants so weak? On taking them outside they turn yellow, burn, and many die the first day. A. The whole reason for growing plants early – in the house or greenhouse – is to give them a headstart under good growing conditions. The key to success, however, is accomplishing the …

Pruning Seedlings to Grow Healthy, Sturdy Plants – Fast

Your goal when growing seedlings is to make them as strong and sturdy as possible, and do it as quickly as possible. Excellent instructions for growing healthy seedlings are contained in Let’s Grow Tomatoes pages 51-53 and Grow-Bed Gardening pages 86 – 92, and Grow-Bed Gardening has many pictures illustrating the procedure. Regrettably, both these …

Growing Seedlings When it’s Too Cold to Heat the Greenhouse

If you are using an exterior seedhouse and it’s cold, build a small second covering on one of the tables, then place a small electric heater beneath it. That way, rather than trying to heat a large greenhouse in cold weather, you’re only heating the small area for a few flats of new seedlings. A …

Mistakes to Avoid & How to Do it Right

Common mistakes in growing seedlings include: 1) Not maintaining even temperatures between 70+ and 80+ degrees Fahrenheit during seed germination, emergence, and formation of first true leaves. 2) Not giving the seedlings full sunlight immediately upon emergence and all day thereafter – or if using grow-lights at least 16 hours of light each day. 3) …

Grow Your Own Seedlings – But Pay Attention To The Details!!

Q. I was asked to look at a greenhouse full of seedlings that were not growing, and in various stages of dying, in the hopes that I could save the crop. Here’s what I found was wrong – for starters. A. The trays or flats were built with no drainage. Number one No-No! Plants must …

Germinating Peppers & Tomatoes – How Long?

Q. What conditions are necessary for germinating my pepper and tomato seeds? How long will it take? A. Peppers, tomatoes, and eggplant like the soil temperatures to be at least 75 degrees Fahrenheit, and they will germinate much faster in the low to mid-80’s. Tomatoes can germinate in less than a week under ideal conditions, …