I have always been a little cautious regarding my plants, so I have always preferred seed over transplants. So, if you are on the same boat and want to grow your indoor plants from seeds, fasten your seat belt because you are in for a treat.
How to grow indoor plants from seeds? What concerns most people is that they don’t know how they can grow a houseplant from seeds. It is pretty easy because all you have to do is soak the seeds, put them in the soil, water them, keep them warm, give them some light, and voila, Plants.
But the process is not as easy as it sounds, and that is why I am going to tell you a step-by-step process of growing indoor plants from seeds but first, let’s find out why exactly you should prefer seeds over transplants.
When it comes to your indoor plants, you can usually count on seeds as they are the natural and “safe” method for planting. If you plant a seed to grow the indoor plant, your plant will grow stronger and healthier.
The seed will also increase the chances of your plant’s survival because your plant adopts the environment of your house, light, and humidity eventually. If you purchase the counterparts for planting, they won’t give you the benefits that a seed can.
The counterparts for house plants are comparatively expensive, but they are very cheap yet effective when it comes to seeds. So, if you are a plant-lover like me, then seeds are the best option for you. Also, if you succeed in growing a plant from seed, you can wear that achievement as a badge.
I will walk you through all the steps that will make it easier for you to grow your plant from seed without any hassle.
First of all, choose an appropriate container for your dear seedling. You can either pick a pot or even a plastic container. The size of the container should not be too much, ideally 2 inches deep. The pot or container should be clean; it is a must.
Put your containers at a place where they can get enough light and moderate temperature to help them grow. You can plant your seeds in eggshells or even yogurt cups if you want to start from scratch. Once again, make sure your container is super-clean and for that, soak it in water for good 10-20 minutes.
It is time to add some soil to your container but make sure that it is not the garden soil as it does not support your delicate seed in growth. You can try a potting mix as it works pretty well for indoor plants, especially if you grow one with a seed.
Now, after adding potting mix to your container, add some lukewarm water to your soil to make the soil wet and more seed-friendly.
When sowing your seed, it is very important to know at what depth you should sow it because some seeds need more light to germinate, and some need to be away from sunlight. So, always read the instructions on the package of your seeds as they tell you that you should sow your seed near the soil’s surface or a few inches deeper.
After you have sowed your plant, tamp the soil around the seed gently and then give your soil a bit more moisture by spraying some water on it again.
Now that you have sown your seed, our work here is still not done. Keep reading and see the mystery unfold.
After sowing our seeds, we need to make sure that these seedlings grow into plants so, the following tips and tricks will certainly help you get through this stage.
How much and how often you water your seeds play a very significant role in helping them germinate. Do not use cold or warm water as your plant is better off with room-temperature water. Your soil should be moist as your dear little seedling needs a lot of moisture to grow, but if you over-water, it can potentially die.
Make sure you never miss a watering session, as it will be hard to patch up with your seedlings because they are pretty stubborn. Your plants need moisture consistently, so to trap the moisture in, you can cover the pot with a plastic bag. When your plant sprouts, you can remove the plastic bag without any hassle.
When you spot a few leaves on your seedling, it is time to start feeding your plant. You can add liquid fertilizer to your pot but be gentle in the process as your seedlings are still very delicate. You should repeat the process of adding fertilizer every week. You should add Full-strength fertilizers every alternate week.
Your seedlings are suckers for sunlight and need at least 14-16 hours of it every day. To pamper them properly, you need to put them near a window where they can get direct sunlight all the time. Also, to know whether your seedling is getting enough light or not, check if it is bending towards the window; if yes, it means the light is not enough.
You can also get artificial light for your plants if you live in an area where direct sunlight is rare. If your plant does not get enough light, it will not be healthier enough to become a tall and robust house plant.
Your seedlings need some warm soil to sprout, and so, if you live in a cold area, you can place them near to a heater. You can also put your pot over your refrigerator or near your iron to keep the soil warm. Once it is warm, it will sprout for sure.
I hope this article helped you understand how you will have to take care of your seed and the steps to sow it. Seeds are very delicate in nature, so you have to be super-gentle with them no matter what. I am wishing you a pleasant planting day.