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Seedling Care Tips: Caring For Seedlings After Germination

Seedling Care Tips: Caring For Seedlings After Germination

Zilvinas 09/11/2018 0
It’s that time of year when self-starting gardeners have sown their seeds indoors and are contemplating the next steps. Those tiny little sprouts have shown up and need the best care before their planting out into the world. Care for seedlings once sprouted amounts to more than just giving them water. Healthy, robust plants produce faster with higher yields, which is a winning situation for the gardener. A few tips on how to take care of seedlings should help ensure you bumper crops your neighbo...
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Plant hardiness Zones

Plant hardiness Zones

Zilvinas 03/12/2017 0
What are Zone Maps? Gardeners need a way to compare their garden climates with  the climate where a plant is known to grow well. That's why climate zone maps were created. Zone maps are tools that show where various permanent landscape plants can adapt. If you want a shrub, perennial, or tree to survive and grow year after year, the plant must tolerate year-round conditions in your area, such as the lowest and highest temperatures and the amount and distribution of rainfall.Suggested hardiness z...
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Why Are My Seedlings Leggy? How To Prevent It

Why Are My Seedlings Leggy? How To Prevent It

Zilvinas 19/02/2017 0
Seed starting  is an exciting time for many gardeners. It seems almost magical to place a tiny seed into some soil and watch a small seedling emerge just a short time later, but sometimes things can go wrong. We watch with excitement as the seedlings grow taller, only to realize that they have grown too tall and are now a bit floppy. This is known as leggy seedlings. If you are wondering what causes leggy seedlings, and more importantly, how to prevent leggy seedlings, keep reading. What Causes...
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Seed Coat Stuck. Tips For Removing

Seed Coat Stuck. Tips For Removing

Zilvinas 10/02/2017 0
It happens to the best of gardeners. You plant your seeds and a few come up looking a little different. Instead of the cotyledon (the embryonic part of a seed which stores fuel for further growth, some cotyledons are seed leaves which fall off the plant within a few days) leaves on the top of the stem, there is what appears to be the seed itself. A closer inspection reveals that the seed coat is attached to the leaves—still. Many gardeners refer to this condition as “helmet head.” Is the seedlin...
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How to Test Soil pH With pH Paper

How to Test Soil pH With pH Paper

Zilvinas 09/09/2016 0
PH TESTING STRIPS - BUY IT HERE Testing the pH of garden soil should be done every 2 or 3 years to maintain optimum soil conditions for growing vegetables and flowers. Even nutrient-rich soil can fail to produce vigorous growth if the pH level is too high or too low for the plant. pH is measured numerically from 0 to 14, with 0 to 6.9 being acidic and 7.1 to 14 being alkaline. A pH reading of 6.2 to 7.2 is desired for all-purpose gardening; however, some plants are very particular and require...
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How much water does a seed need to germinate?

How much water does a seed need to germinate?

Zilvinas 09/09/2016 0
Seeds need evenly moist soil to germinate. In soggy soils, the seeds become waterlogged and can't receive oxygen. They eventually rot and die. In dry soils, the seed coats remain hard so the seed can't germinate. Check the soil daily by sticking your finger in it. It should feel moist 1/2 to 1 inch below the soil surface. Indoor Conditions • After planting seeds indoors in seed trays, mist the soil lightly with a spray bottle filled with water. Cover the seed trays with plastic wrap and set the...
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How to germinate seeds fast?

How to germinate seeds fast?

Zilvinas 30/06/2016 0
A gardener wanting to get a few days head start on their planting can germinate the seeds in the house and then plant only the ones that sprout. This gives 100% germination rates, plus gives gardeners a harvest a few days earlier. This technique works with any plant that grows from seed. PLEASE NOTE: it will not work on seeds with pre-treatment needed. 1. Lay paper toweling on the glass dish or plate. Metal should not be used because it can rust in just a few days and ruin the pan. 2. Pour seed...
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Yellow Seedling Leaves – Why Are My Seedlings Turning Yellow

Yellow Seedling Leaves – Why Are My Seedlings Turning Yellow

Zilvinas 25/05/2016 0
Have you started seedlings indoors that began healthy and green, but all of a sudden your seedling leaves turned yellow when you weren’t looking? It’s a common occurrence, and it may or may not be a problem. Keep reading to learn more about yellowing seedling plants and how to treat them. Yellow Seedling Leaves The first thing to establish is which of your seedling leaves turned yellow. When seedlings emerge from the soil, they put forth two starter leaves called cotyledons. After the plant bec...
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How does a seed germinate?

How does a seed germinate?

Zilvinas 14/04/2016 0
Plants that grow from seed pack little miniatures of themselves and a collection of chemicals into these casings. Flowering plants and fruits grow seeds inside the fruit or in pods that ripen and fall from the parent plant at the end of the growing season. Inside each seed is a collection of chemicals and hormones designed to nourish and protect the tiny plant, developed over a long period by the plant's adaptation to climate. The embryonic plant is protected by the seed's hull. All seeds contai...
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Fungus Control When Seed Starting

Fungus Control When Seed Starting

Zilvinas 09/04/2016 0
Hours of careful planning are followed by still more hours of planting and tending seed trays, all to fill your garden with beautiful plants, but fungus in seed trays can stop the project before it barely gets started. Depending on the type of fungal disease, seedlings may take on a twisted or water-soaked appearance, sometimes with fuzzy mold  or dark colored threads on the surface of the soil. Read on to learn about fungus in seed trays and tips for fungus control when seed starting. How to C...
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Tips For Attracting Bees: Plants That Attract Bees

Tips For Attracting Bees: Plants That Attract Bees

Zilvinas 04/04/2016 0
When it comes to your flowers, you should know that honeybee pollination is so important. You will definitely want to plant flowers or other flowering plants that attract bees because attracting bees will ensure that your plants will grow and multiply. The bees pollinate and make plants grow. This is critical to your garden’s success. Plants That Attract Bees Pollinating insects, especially bees, are necessary for the success of your flower or vegetable garden. Just make sure you plant plants t...
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Why to Soak seeds and How?

Why to Soak seeds and How?

Zilvinas 28/03/2016 0
Soaking seeds before planting is an old-time gardener’s trick that many new gardeners are not aware of. When you soak seeds before planting, you can significantly decrease the amount of time it takes for a seed to germinate. Let’s look at the reasons for soaking seeds and how to soak seeds.Reasons for Soaking Seeds What happens to seeds when you soak them? Why should you soak your seeds? The short answer is because your seeds were designed to be abused. Mother Nature is not kind to a little seed...
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How to pre-treat seed? Stratification

How to pre-treat seed? Stratification

Zilvinas 22/03/2016 0
PRE-TREATMENT REQUIRED. What does it mean? Seed Stratification: Seed stratification is a time for moist seeds to sit preparing to germinate. Many seeds require a cold stratification period in order to germinate while some require a warm stratification prior to the cold stratification. Cold stratification is at the temperature of  +1-+6 Degrees C (34-41 Degrees F), while warm stratification is at the temperature of +20-30 degrees C (68-86 degrees F). When a seed requires both a warm and cold stra...
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Seed Starting Times: When To Start Seeds For Your Garden

Seed Starting Times: When To Start Seeds For Your Garden

Zilvinas 15/03/2016 0
Spring has sprung — or nearly — and it’s time to start your garden. But when to start seeds? The answer depends upon your zone. Zones are determined by the Departments of Agriculture. They separate the zones according to temperature. It is important to know the proper times for starting plants from seed. This will enhance germination and help ensure healthy vigorous plants. Keep reading for some seed starting tips. Starting Plants from Seed Some plants are best started indoors and grown for tra...
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Using Vermiculite Growing Medium

Using Vermiculite Growing Medium

Zilvinas 10/03/2016 0
YOU CAN BUY VERMICULITE AT OUR STORE FOLLOWING THIS LINK. We all know that plants require soil aeration, nutrition and water to thrive. If you find that your garden soil is lacking in any or all of these arenas, there is something that you can add to improve the soil structure – vermiculite. What is vermiculite and how is using vermiculite as a growing medium beneficial to the soil?What is Vermiculite? Vermiculite can be found in potting soil or purchased by itself in four different sizes for g...
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Cheap Seed Starting – How To Germinate Seeds At Home

Cheap Seed Starting – How To Germinate Seeds At Home

Zilvinas 06/03/2016 0
Many people will tell you that one of the most expensive parts of gardening is buying the plants. The best way to avoid this problem is to simply grow your own plants from seeds. Once you learn how to germinate seeds, you will always be able to have cheap plants. It is easy to get started with cheap seed starting. Let’s look at how to germinate seeds. How to Germinate Seeds Start with seeds that are less than 2 years old, a soilless seed starting medium of some kind and a container that can hel...
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Reducing Soil Erosion: Using Plants For Erosion Control

Reducing Soil Erosion: Using Plants For Erosion Control

Zilvinas 28/02/2016 0
SEE ALL THE SEEDS OF PLANTS SUITABLE FOR EROSION CONTROL Urban building, natural forces and heavy traffic can wreak havoc on the landscape, causing erosion and loss of topsoil. Reducing soil erosion is important to preserve nutrient-rich soils and natural or unnatural configuration of the topography. Using plants for erosion control is an excellent biological method to safeguard the landscape and the shape of the land. There are many types of erosion control plants, but preventing erosion with ...
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