Grow what you Eat. Eat what you Grow. We at Naturally Green will help you do just that.
Welcome to a Fresh, Healthy, Safe, Enriching & Exciting way of life. You are the Mentor & the Incubator.
How do you go about growing seedlings & pants from seeds ? Here’s some easy guidelines for you to follow & Go Naturally Green…
1. #Choose the ideal container.
Seed-starting containers should be clean, measure at least 2-3 inches deep and have drainage holes. They can be plastic pots, cut plastic / pet bottles, old jars or containers, takeaway food containers, yogurt cups, thermocol glasses and off course seedling tray ( available at #www.naturallygreenindia.com). As long as they are clean (soak in a 9 parts water to one part household bleach for 10 minutes), the options are endless.
Ideally start seeds in very small containers with proper care, incubate with close supervision for the initial 7 – 10 days & then transplant seedlings into slightly larger pots once they have their first set of true leaves (about 1 to 2 inch). Keep in mind that flats and pots take up room, so make sure you have enough semi shade space for all the seedlings you start.
2. #Start with quality #potting mix. Sow seeds in sterile, seed-starting mix or potting soil available at www.naturallygreenindia.com. Don't use garden soil, it’s too heavy, contains weeds seeds, and possibly, disease organisms. Wet the potting mix with warm water (to #sterilise) before filling seed-starting containers.
3. #Plant at the proper depth. The general rule of thumb is to cover seeds with soil equal to three times their thickness. Some seeds, including certain lettuces, coriander, mustard etc need light to germinate and should rest on the soil surface but still be in good contact with moist soil. Gentle taping after sowing will help. After planting your seeds, use a spray bottle ( available at www.naturallygreenindia.com) to wet the soil and keep moist.
4. #Water wisely. Always use room-temperature water. Let chlorinated water sit overnight so chlorine can dissipate (use the top 50% liquid) or use distilled water. Avoid using softened water. It's important to keep soil consistently moist, strictly avoid overwatering, which promotes diseases, that can kill seedlings. Try not to splash water on leaves. An easy way to avoid this – as well as overwatering – is to dip base of your containers in water and allow the soil to absorb moisture from the bottom until moist. Whatever you do, don't miss out on optimum watering and ensure that the seeds or seedlings do not dry out.
c Prior to germination, cover your container to help trap #moisture inside. You can also use a plastic bag / thin film, but it should be supported so it doesn’t lay flat on the soil. Remove covers as soon as seeds sprout. Once seedlings are growing, reduce watering so soil partially dry’s, but don’t let them wilt.
6. #Keep soil warm. Seeds need warm soil to germinate. They #germinate slower, or not at all, in soils that are too cool. Most seeds will germinate at around 26°C. Try to keep in a warm place. Or, you can place seed trays on top of a refrigerator or other warm appliance until seeds sprout. After germination, air temperature should be slightly low.
7. #Fertilize. Start feeding your seedlings after they develop their second set of true leaves, applying a half-strength liquid fertilizer ( available at www.naturallygreenindia.com) weekly. Apply it gently so seedlings are not dislodged from the soil. After 3 weeks, apply full-strength liquid fertilizer every other week until transplanting.
8. #Give seedlings enough light. Not enough light leads to leggy, tall seedlings that will struggle once transplanted outdoors. Keep your seed tray in semi shade to ensure partial / indirect light ( natural source recommended).
9. #Circulate the air. Circulating air helps prevents disease and encourages the development of strong stems. Run a gentle fan near seedlings to create air movement. Keep the fan a distance away from the seedlings to avoid blasting them directly. This in case you are storing the seed tray indoors.
10. #Harden off seedlings before transplanting outdoors. Before moving seedlings outdoors, they need to be acclimatized to their new, harsher surroundings. This procedure is called "hardening off."
Hardening-off seedlings is a process that should be done slowly over the course of a week or two. Done properly, you'll produce sturdy seedlings ready to withstand whatever nature throws at them. Do not rush the process, else you could burn / damage the young transplants.
#Harden-off tender seedlings over a period of 6-14 days. The goal is to expose transplants gradually to outdoor conditions, each day increasing the time seedlings spend outside.
Gradually reduce watering over the course of hardening-off. You don’t want seedlings to wilt, just slowly stretch the period between watering’s.
Stop feeding 3-4 days before you start hardening-off. Don't feed again until you transplant into the garden.
Start by placing seedlings outdoors in a sheltered spot – protected from wind and direct sun. Underneath a tree or overhang is perfect. Bring seedlings back inside for the first two nights. Each day, expose them to another 30-60 minutes of brighter sunlight. Work your way up to giving plants more and more direct morning sun, until they can handle mid-day sun without wilting. Fully hardened-off seedlings should be able to withstand the same amount of sunlight they'll receive when planted in the garden.
13.#Watch the Weather
Check weather forecasts and keep tabs on predicted night-time lows. If temperatures will dip below 35 degrees Celcius, bring seedlings indoors or cover with a protective material.
Unless it looks like there will be a frost or freezing temperatures, plan to leave seedlings outside overnight by the third or fourth night. Place them under an overhang or beneath a table for protection. By the fifth night or so, seedlings shouldn’t need protection.
14.#When to Plant
After a week or so of hardening-off, your transplants should look stockier and tougher. Plant on an overcast or drizzly day when less windy or in the evening. Water in with a liquid fertilizer solution diluted to half strength. If necessary, provide protection from pests, such as snails, slugs and cutworms.
Continue to protect seedlings from high winds, frost, hail or heavy downpours.
Naturally Green seeds is born out extensive research. Worry Free Gardening - Our seeds are consistently tested at or above 95% germination rates under optimal growing conditions. You won’t need to worry about duds and seeds not germinating.
What are the features & benefits of #Naturally Green Hybrid Seeds from other brands?
· #High Yielding seeds.
· #Early maturity.
· #Germination : Minimum 80%.
· #Genetic #Purity : Minimum 98%
· #Physical Purity: Minimum 98%
How different is Naturally Green Hybrid Seeds from other brands ?
Naturally Green Hybrid Seeds are Tolerant to Powdery mildew.
For your utmost satisfaction: At Naturally Green we are completely dedicated to providing you with quality products for your quest for gardening & the greens.
Are the seeds tested for results?
Naturally Green Seeds are tested by real gardeners from across India & endorsed for proven results by them.
Taste Fresh and New Flavours from Your Garden. Enjoy the fruits / flowers of your labour.
We endeavour & encourage people to grow their own food. Grow what you eat. Eat what you grow. Go Healthy. Go Safe. Stay in Control.
Increase green cover by making space for naturally live plants for a healthier, happier and greener life.
#CONGRATS! NOW you are in control.